About JR WOLF
?Introducing: AlternaFolk JamRock. The return of the concept album.
JR WOLF music is designed to be straight-forward, honest and simple, yet there is something enticingly complex about this debut effort when viewed from a wholistic level. The album’s tracks guide you through an intricately designed journey as notions of genre blur into the periphery.??
The group starts out sounding like a rowdy electric American blues rock band and by the fourth song, cellos are the focal point. Later, there is a powerful and eerie instrumental waltz which showcases a scorching finger tapping metal style guitar performance. The song starts with a slow crescendo of squealing feedback layered over bagpipes and builds to a flurried attack of notes. Just at its most intense point, the sound drops out. Thunder claps and the album rolls into the next track, a heartbreaking ballad which highlights a soft gospel organ paired with an emotionally charged pedal steel guitar.??
Jason Wolfe, JR WOLF’s songwriter and front man, picks up seven different instruments for the last song on the album. “This song always wanted a rootsy, organic kind of feel. Light and happy and like it could happen outside naturally; like a bunch of friends in a circle”, he says??.
Martin Chaudhry, the group’s virtuoso guitarist, was introduced by Jason’s cousin when he was looking for a bassist in the fall of 2008. Chaudhry did not have any experience with the instrument, but picked it up in his enthusiasm to join the band. The next year brought trials for the group as the band’s drummer stepped out in March and the lead guitarist soon followed. In July, Jason’s cousin died in a tragic canoeing accident and the music project was put on hold. “It was a week after I started a new job as an assistant general manager at a restaurant,” Jason recalls, “It was a rough time”.??
Jason and Martin kept in contact. Late in the year the two got together as they currently exist, with Jason on rhythm and Martin on lead. For a while they played mostly for fun, developing Chaudhry’s parts for songs in Wolfe’s personal catalog. In the summer months of 2010 the pair began to perform publicly as JR WOLF , recruiting friends for help performing full shows.??
With a growing number of songs polished and ready, Jason felt it was time to get into the studio and work on bringing the true JR WOLF experience to light. He invested his life’s savings and got to work. Recording began in earnest in early 2012, and the album was produced over the course of the next year. Mastering was completed by Greg Calbi in 2013 and single/radio edits are currently pending.
??The group is now touring Pennsylvania to raise awareness for the upcoming full length release, scheduled for the fall of 2014.