Review: Todd Wolfe Band – Long Road Back

Posted on: Monday, Oct 19, 2015


Todd Wolfe Band – Long Road Back

(Hypertension:  HYP15310)

If you’re having trouble defining blues-rock to someone, play them this album – then they should get it (pun intended!) New York born and based singer and guitarist Todd spent much of the 90s as guitarist for Sheryl Crow but has concentrated on his own career since then, and he has toured Europe numerous times.

The “British invasion” of the 60s had a huge influence on him, as did the slightly later sound of John Mayall, Fleetwood Mac and others – the third track on this album is a very fine cover of Cream’s ‘Outside Woman Blues’ (which is based on Blind Joe Reynolds’ 1929 recording). As on its predecessor, ‘Miles To Go’, this album finds the trio sound expanded by the keyboards playing of New Jersey’s John Ginty, a founder member of Robert Randolph & The Family Band, and John himself also has an impressive solo career. He makes a big contribution to the sound – take a listen to a number like ‘Long Road Back’.

There is an excellent, gritty cover of Stephen Stills’ ‘Black Queen’, with some very Hendrix-styled guitar licks – appropriately so as Jimi was on Stills’ original session, and some of the the numbers have a lovely jam-band feel. ‘Peace Unto You’ is acoustic based and falls into an “Americana” bag, but overall, this CD presents blues-drenched music tinged with a late-60s/early 70s sensibility, though remaining contemporary and relevant rather than retro.


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