Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Peter Wolf Announces Tour Dates


Peter Wolf , the front man for the J. Geils Band, announced some of his tour dates to
promote his new CD “Midnight Souvenirs”.
© 1982 Photos by Nanci


As a kid who grew up outside of Boston in the 70s, I cut my teeth on the Mighty J. Geils Band. Heck my high school science teacher’s band did Geils covers at our school dances. In college, at UMASS-Amherst, Geils played the Fine Arts Center because Stephen Joe Bladd’s son was attending the school. My “Blow Your Face Out” album won’t play unless the needle has a nickel taped to it! The chemistry of these guys was just amazing. Their studio albums could never touch their live performances. It’s cool that the J. Geils Band is backing Aerosmith at Fenway Park on August 14 (sorry it’s SOLD OUT) but I’m somewhat saddened that Wolf is out touring by himself. I’d love to see a full blown J.Geils reunion tour but I can absolutely derive pleasure from seeing Peter Wolf out on his own!

Wolf’s new CD, his first in eight years, goes back to his roots. It features Merle Haggard, Shelby Lynne and Neko Case and was produced by Wolf and Kenny White. Most of the tracks are co-written with the likes of Angelo Petraglia, Taylor Rhodes, Will Jennings, Tim Mayer, or Chuck Prophet; although two tracks were written by David Johnston “I Don’t Wanna Know” and “Everything I Do” by Allen Toussaint. The first single out is a duet with Shelby Lynne, “Tragedy” which was performed on the Jimmy Fallon Show April 5. Boston guitar legend Duke Levine is featured prominently on the CD.

“Thick as Thieves” featuring Wolf on harmonica and David Johnston on the cellphone intro has a delta bluesy sound; “Overnight Lows” has a kind of Chi-Lites sound; “Everything I Do (Gonna Be Funky)” definitely has a New Orleans beat; “The Night Comes Down (For Willy DeVille)” is classic Wolf storytelling. The CD closes with a duet with Merle Haggard “It’s Too Late for Me” showing off Wolf’s writing talents. See you on the road!
For Information about Wolf-click here Peter Wolf

New England Tour Dates (so far)
May 9 Tupelo Music Hall Londonderry NH
May 11 Ironhorse Northampton MA
May 12 Port City Music, Portland ME
May 21 The Egg Albany NY
May 22 Infinity Music Hall Norfolk CT

More Photos by Nanci of Wolf and J. Geils please visit: http://www.photosbynanci.com/jgeils.html