|Time & Place|
|Saturday, February 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm
4573 Bank St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
|Military, Senior (60), or Student (w/ID)||$25|
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When talking about some of his earliest musical experiences, he'll mention listening to his Dad's 60's record collection and recalling pivotal moments; like being mesmerized by the poetry and mystery of Bob Dylan’s early recordings and being drawn in by the Rickenbacker guitar sound and vocal harmonies of the Byrds. Sure, he listened and loved the music of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Stones, but it wasn’t until he heard Neil Young’s seminal classic Harvest that he found his inspirational mother lode. Later, discovering the world of both classic and “new traditionalist” country music that WHN radio introduced to New York City (from Merle Haggard and George Jones to Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle), the American tradition of story and song became Dave Murphy’s compass.
He’s travelled the honest career path of the troubadour, from the open-mics and showcases in Greenwich Village to earning opening spots for artists including Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Ray Wylie Hubbard and even author/punk rocker Jim Carroll. He eventually found himself on stages with Suzanne Vega, Alejandro Escovedo, Slaid Cleaves and Steve Forbert (Steve Forbert makes a guest appearance on Dave’s third album, ‘Chasing Ghosts’) at venues & festivals including the Living Room – NYC, Joe’s Pub – NYC, The Knitting Factory – NYC, Speakeasy – NYC, Southpaw – Brooklyn, NY, Union Hall – Brooklyn, NY, Tin Angel – Philadelphia, PA, Maxwell’s – Hoboken, NJ, Outpost in the Burbs – Montclair, NJ, New Jersey Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower Music Festival to name a few. Dave has also had success with music placements in Film and Television as well as AAA and Americana Radio.
AWARDS: Top 12 DIY in Performing Songwriter Magazine for Under the Lights.
WINNER: Great American Song Contest and New Jersey Folk Festival Songwriters Showcase.
FINALIST: Kerrville New-Folk Contest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival Songwriting Contest, Mountain Stage New-Song contest, Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival Songwriting Contest.
#MAKING American Landscape
I felt I had some good songs and decided to put my energy towards my performance and put the production side of things in someone else’s hands. My first call was to Ben Wisch. Ben had the cred and the chops of a top producer and engineer and the 2 GRAMMY awards to go with it. What was even more important to me was the warm, positive atmosphere that Ben fostered in the studio. I’ve never been more comfortable and relaxed making a record; not getting hung up on trying to be too perfect. I think the organic, natural flow of this record is a great representation of our experience making it.
Why the title American Landscape? Yes, a bit lofty, I know, and although it was not my intention at the outset, the songs on this record are linked by a common thread rooted in the American experience. They share a sense of place, both literally and metaphorically, in what might be called the “American psyche.”
I’d been spending alot of time listening to Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs record “God Willing & the Creek Don’t Rise” and thought the band would be a great match for this new batch of songs. As it turned out, both LA based drummer Jay Bellerose and bass player Jennifer Condos were available. So was Boston based guitarist Kevin Barry. And so the Pariah Dogs (Bellerose, Condo & Barry) along with the amazing talents of Patscha on keyboards and Lucy Kaplansky on vocals, became the musical foundation of American Landscape. Ben gave them all the freedom to express themselves with minimum guidance. The result is a backing band that always played in service of the song, a cohesive sound and some really stellar musical moments. This turned out to be the album I have always wanted to make. Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoy it.
Robert K. Wolf
Robert K. Wolf
Robert K. (Rob) Wolf has been writing and performing music for over 30 years. With his engaging, versatile, and inimitable American style, he has garnered attention from listeners, writers, performers, and industry players alike.
At the age of 19, Wolf signed his first publishing contract. He was then introduced to Duke Anderson, with whom he studied theory and arranging until 1983. Anderson worked with the likes of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday and Stan Kenton as an accompanist, copyist and arranger. Wolf still cites him as his most important influence.
While continuing his music studies throughout the 1980s, Rob performed frequently in cover bands and taught nearly 70 private students. He earned a BA in Music from Fairleigh Dickinson University (with honors), concentrating on guitar, theory and writing. It was at FDU’s Madison NJ campus where he received two full tuition merit scholarships and two awards for Outstanding Achievement in Music.
His first album, Travelin’ Songs (“establishes himself as a talent to watch.” —CMJ New Music Weekly) received airplay in the New York, Boston and Philadelphia markets. Life Mileage, Wolf’s next effort, revealed a deeper and sometimes darker view. He performed the cuts “Do You Mind If I Write You a Love Song” and “Couldn’t Forget You If I Tried” as a finalist in the 1995 Riverbank Talent Competition (Stow, MA). During that same year, Rob peered into New York City’s Fast Folk Cafe and was overwhelmed by the venue/magazine’s vivid history of cultivating and documenting the work of performing songwriters, including Shawn Colvin, Lyle Lovett, Suzanne Vega, John Gorka and Michelle Shocked. He quickly developed a reputation in the surrounding community as a formidable songwriter and player. This prompted the late Jack Hardy, Fast Folk’s founder and legendary singer/songwriter, to take Rob on as guitarist for two European tours and his eleventh album, The Passing.
In 1996, Wolf headed for Nashville. He respected the fierce individualism of the New York scene but had long seen co-writing as a potent vehicle. Among those with whom he put pen to paper over the years include Peter Scherer of EMI recording artists Mr. Reality, Ken Darcy, Gavin West, Joseph and Theresa Brunelle, Lisa Aschmann, Geoff Reid, Brett Jones, Barbara Cloyd, Rand Bishop, C.J. Watson, James Otto, Jason Matthews, Lisa Carver, Jonathan Long, and longtime friend Tom D’Ovidio. “Not Too Far From Texas”, a co-write with Andy Gullahorn, led to a single-song contract with Nashville’s Major Bob Music. Rob and his wife Lori J. Ingberg (whom he met in Nashville) earned Honorable Mentions in both the Great American and the CMT/NSAI Song Contests with “The Safest Place I Know”.
Wolf’s third album, Y2K-OTIC, was produced by Sam Weedman. The title track–cowritten with Rachel Owen–took a skewed, playfully irreverent look at the madcap preparations that some of us made as the year 2000 reared its, well, not-so-ugly head. Distributed worldwide on Creative Labs’ NOMAD (one of the world’s first commercially available MP3 players), the song prompted a group in Brussels to invite Wolf to play. Wolf was also proud to learn that the band Hurricane Camille performed it on a U.S. Army base in Japan on January 1, 2000—with no catastrophic consequences. The album’s haunting “The Flower Was Gone” kicked off a historic Fast Folk Musical Revue at New York City’s now tragically defunct The Bottom Line. It was at this show that Fast Folk’s archives were officially accepted by The Smithsonian Institution. Wolf, as a bonus, received the dubious honor of being banned for life from playing at the Lamb of God Fellowship in West Orange, NJ after having rendered the song as opening act for his friend Dave Murphy. The phrase “breast was a stone” was the clincher.
Not quite satisfied with coma-inducing songwriting blandness, Wolf took his blazingly, politically, and religiously incorrect “Cross Dressing For Christmas” and became a winner in the 2003 Great American Song Contest, received airplay in numerous markets (including Washington DC drive time), and hit #4 on mp3.com. His very well-received, over-the-top-and-then-some “IntaMezo” attempted to shatter the long-held belief that hip-hop can’t be performed by an overweight, Brooklyn-born Jewish guy from New Jersey squirming in the buckle of the Bible Belt.
“IntaMezo” is amongst the songs on Wolf’s most recent release, Drivin’ You Away. On the album, he pays homage to Nashville the best way he knew how: by getting some of Music City’s best studio musicians involved. Fast and live tracking, analog mixing, and freewheelin’ were the rule of the sessions. On hearing the record for the first time, Wolf Music (no relation) signed all of the songs.
Rob still lives in Nashville, where he thrives on the vast, rich community of talent. And that’s where he’s staying. To keep on his craft. To keep those songs coming…