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Willie and the Wolves =
Retro Latin and R&B Grooves
To Make Your Soul Move
Recommended If You Like:
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
CD Released 2015
Willie and the Wolves features the original songs of bandleader/guitarist Willie Wolf, who combines the hip-shakin’ euphoria of funk, the deep sincerity of soul and the visceral passion of Latin rhythms to create his own retro grooves. Anne DeAcetis is featured on vocals, with Frederick Ginsberg on trumpet.
Willie Wolf originally founded his band in 1989 as a classic rock group, and performed/recorded around NYC while also playing guitar with Brian Lease of Fisherman’s Burlesque, Evan Gregory of the Gregory Brothers, and Clark Gayton of Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions tour.
Over time, Wolf found himself drawn back to the foundational influences he’d always admired most, and completely revamped the band. He assembled a new lineup of musicians in 2009, including Ginsberg (formerly of Earthlings and Freddie and the Flintones), who now contributes soulful horn arrangements. DeAcetis, previously with Workbench Recordings, joined in 2011 to add the jazz-influenced funk vocals that Wolf recognized he’d been missing.
“One of my strongest musical memories was driving through Detroit’s Hines Park and passing a group of the happiest people, grilling to the sounds of Hugh Masakela’s ‘Grazin’ in the Grass,’” Wolf recalls. “It was serene and joyous. That groove. When something like that stays with you, you have to honor it. I wanted to cultivate that feeling in my own music.”
In his younger years, Wolf was inspired by Elton John’s “Honky Cat” and immersed himself sonically in Stevie Wonder’s seminal release, Songs in the Key of Life. He spent his spare cash on Motown and disco albums. When the film Saturday Night Fever came out, he even asked his father for a pair of white leather platform shoes—only to be bullied mercilessly at school for the one day he wore them.
“In a way, with this music,” Wolf explains, “I’m finally putting those shoes on again.”
Willie and the Wolves’ self-titled CD was recorded at the Creamery Studio in Brooklyn and released in 2015. Including a packed CD Release Party at Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar (NYC), the band has performed throughout New York City (Silvana, The Delancey, Desmond’s Tavern, Thai Rock) and toured to New Jersey (Ridgefield) and Long Island (Port Washington).
Willie and the Wolves continues to perform regularly around NYC.
Bandleader & Songwriter, Guitar
Len Zaccaro (touring)
Keith Dorgan (studio)
1. Feels So Good
2. My Own Terms
3. Gotta Gimme Lovin
4. One and One
Praise from Cee Stephen, host of Pearls of the Cee (City World Radio):
"Bad-ass... [DeAcetis has a] powerful, gorgeous voice."
Praise from Music Blogger RockStarWannaBe18:
“…Just plain GREAT. The instrumental Latin tunes had that sultry sound that makes it easy to imagine the sun on your back, coconut trees swaying in a balmy breeze…. And what a knockout voice Anne has! At one point she and Fred (trumpet player extraordinaire) held a note together [and] complemented each other so well, it became a single sound. Epic! Willie’s R&B tunes were equally as mesmerizing… this band could have easily played the Rainbow Room—a class act.”
Willie and the Wolves
c/o Willie Wolf
47-22 45th St.
Woodside, NY 11377
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