Friday, October 26, 2012; 8 p.m.
Location: Strand Theatre, 345 Main Street, Rockland, Maine
Contact: K Fletcher; 207-594-0070
American rhythm and blues, soul, and rock and roll musician Peter Wolf is perhaps best known for being the frontman and lead singer of The J. Geils Band, but Wolf is also an accomplished solo artist who has since 2002 written and recorded what many consider to be the best albums and songs of his career.
Rolling Stone magazine counts his album Sleepless among their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, “Wolf accomplishes a rare feat on this modern blues album: He sings about adult romance without sounding jaded. The former J. Geils Band singer testifies about true love in his soulful growl, with help from friends like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.” The magazine also included his most recent release Midnight Souvenirs in the 30 Best albums of 2010.
Peter Wolf hails from the Bronx of the 1950s, where his music was heavily influenced by the sounds of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard. His Harlem high school was near the Apollo Theatre, where weekly visits introduced him to Jackie Wilson, Dinah Washington, Otis Redding and James Brown, all sparking his early interest in blues and R&B.
Throughout his career – both as front man for the J. Geils Band for 17 years, and as a solo artist – Wolf has collaborated with music legends, performing, recording and producing with the likes of Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Steve Earle, Kid Rock and Bruce Springsteen. In 2012, Wolf reunited with J. Geils band members to perform with Aerosmith at Boston’s Fenway Park.