93XRT welcomes Peter Wolf
Monday, Apr 28, 2014 8:00 PM CDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
SPACE, Evanston, IL
For some, Peter Wolf is the energetic singer of a handful of major hits for The J. Geils Band--“Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame,” and “Love Stinks.” For others, he’s the genre-spanning solo artist whose 2002 album Rolling Stone ranked among its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Yet those highlights barely scratch the biographical surface of a man who became friends with blues greats Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker; as a child painted in the studio of Norman Rockwell; as a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston roomed with director David Lynch; was the founding program director and disc jockey at Boston’s acclaimed FM station WBCN; and led a band for which U2 was once the opening act.
“Early in my life I committed myself to two lovers--music and painting,” says Wolf at his Boston home, “and each feeds the other. I’m the kind of guy who usually sees his glass as half-empty, but it’s full when I’m doing work, whether music or art, that’s worthwhile, that touches that spark of creation. To give birth to music, to hear it come alive, brings meaning to my life and hopefully that music inspires others.”
Wolf’s seventh solo album, MIDNIGHT SOUVENIRS(Verve/UMe), released April 6, 2010, produced by Wolf and Kenny White, is his first since 2002’s lauded Sleepless. Featuring duets with country great Merle Haggard, indie heroine Neko Case, and Grammy® Award winner Shelby Lynne, MIDNIGHT SOUVENIRS embraces rock, R&B, blues, folk and country in a way that has distinguished Wolf’s entire career.
From the melancholy “It’s Too Late For Me” with Haggard and the ‘70s R&B soul of “Overnight Lows,” from the romantic “The Greenfields Of Summer” with Case, modern country blues of “Tragedy” with Lynne and rockin’ “The Night Comes Down” (dedicated to the late Willy DeVille) to the anthemic “There Is Still Time,” hard-drivin’ “Lyin’ Low” and bittersweet ballad “Then It Leaves Us All Behind,” MIDNIGHT SOUVENIRS continues his lifelong love affair with music.