Attic Wolves

Attic Wolves

 Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Attic Wolves is driven at the core by the love of the craft. Five friends and brothers from Kansas City taking up traditional folk instruments to write heart-felt, powerful, and catchy tunes. Music that practically carries you down the road, melodies that remind you of home, lyrics you can almost touch, and a message of hope to heal a hurting heart.

-Grand Prize winner John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Session II 2014
-Winner of the RnBnBBQ John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2014


Short Bio
Established in 2011, Attic Wolves found a voice in small clubs in and around Kansas City. They might have been one of KC’s best kept secrets. Attic Wolves has independently released two EP’s, and self-booked 5 tours spanning from Cleveland to San Diego, and from San Francisco to Atlanta. Notable festivals featured the wolves, such as Burning River Fest (2013 & 2014), Roots N Blues N BBQ (2014), Roots Fest (2014), Southern Takeover (2015), Red Gorilla Fest @ SXSW (2015). SESAC signed with the two lead writers, Matt Richardson, and Nate Heavilin in August of 2014. After a successful college radio campaign charting on a dozen individual CMJ reports, the wolves have joined the college circuit, and have secured over 20 college dates (more to be announced) this year alone.

-Nate Heavilin
-Caleb Heavilin
-Matt Richardson
-Logan Wade
-Talon Wade

Attic Wolves is an independent band, self-managed, self-booked, and self-published. We take pride in being a ridiculously easy band to work with. Our response time for contracts, tech riders, and promotional material has been noted as unbelievably fast. If you have any questions, our primary contact is Nate Heavilin. Reach him at, or at his cell: 913-744-7029. Thanks!

For Fans Of
-The Decemberists
-Mumford & Sons
-Avett Brothers

-Grand Prize winner in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Session II 2014
-Winners of the Roots N Blues N BBQ John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2014
-People’s Choice Best Local Album 2012 (Pitch Magazine)

-Burning River Fest (2013, 2014)
-Roots Fest (2014)
-Roots N Blues N BBQ (2014)
-Southern Takeover (2015)
-Red Gorilla @ SXSW (2015)
-Ottowa Arts Fest (2015)

Shared Stages With
-The Avett Brothers
-Trampled by Turtles
-Amos Lee
-John Prine
-Preservation Hall Jazz Band
-New Politics
-We the Kings
-Shovels and Rope
-The Almost

Long Bio
From a humble start in the Summer of 2011, hard work for Attic Wolves started with almost two years of only local shows in greater Kansas City, night by night both inventing and simultaneously discovering themselves in quiet coffee shops and local pubs, always with the determination (both on and off the stage) to leave a positive impression with their audience, their venue, and their compatriot bands. Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels and Rope) stepped right up to the stage and exclaimed, “Y’all sing like Angels!” (Riot Room, 2012).  Kansas City has been very good to the Wolves.

In the winter of 2013, the Wolves launched a series of regional self-booked tours, and have since logged over 16,000 miles across 14 states, with appearances ranging from Cleveland to San Diego.

Attic Wolves always value community. NFL Season 2014 marks a 3rd pre-game appearance in their home town for Kansas City Chiefs fans via the Hy-Vee Hot Zone at Arrowhead Stadium (2012, 2013, 2014). Just over 800 miles to the east, Attic Wolves have built a repeat draw at Burning River Fest, Cleveland, appearing both 2013 and 2014. And 2014 brought a first time appearance at the Roots Festival, Paola, KS, just south of home. Beyond KC and Cleveland, statistics from Facebook and Noisetrade indicate a solid and growing fan base in the Denver, Dallas, Sacramento, and Southern California metro areas.

Volume and Boldness, released July 22, 2014, was greeted immediately with favorable press. Following closely on the heels of a highly successful College Radio campaign via Tinderbox Publicity, Christmas came early with acceptance into SESAC membership for the band’s songwriting team of Nate Heavilin and Matt Richardson. But Christmas came twice with notification of the JLSC win, including a spot at the 8th annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, MO. That stage appearance introduced the Wolves to yet another welcoming mid-west crowd.

Next Steps
2015 is the year to go out and meet their national audience. Their debut in the college market with a Showcase in Houston garnered 8 performance dates in the South Central region for 2015. They since have showcased at NACA and APCA National conventions, as well as NACA Northern Plains. Over 20 confirmed dates for this year alone means a solid beginning for this band from Kansas. They’re just getting started!


Safe and Sound

Written By: Nate Heavilin,Matt Richardson

"If you love me, you're a no good fool!"
Yes, I'm a fool, and you've got me good

Panic sets in and finds a place within to call home
And I expect old fears will resurrect in my bones
And if you feel the same my girl well, you have got me fooled
Yes, I'm a fool and you've got me good

You scratch my back and I keep your hands warm
We'll keep on track even when the rails get worn
And if you're not going my way you've got me fooled
Yes, I'm a fool and you've got me good

Close your eyes and remember the night
We wrote on our hearts "I'm yours"
Love was found and as our feet left the ground
Our float turned into a soar
And we'll show no signs of coming down
Above all else, keeping love safe and sound

We'll have our share of rough and tumble all the way
But I'm prepared to pass on grace with each new day
And if you're not all in dear, you have got me fooled
Yes, I'm a fool and you've got me good

Panic moves out, oh there's no room for doubt in my mind
And I expect that in the end we'll both be fine
You said "If you love me you're a no good fool"
Yes, I'm a fool and you've got me good


I Know Who You Love

Written By: Alex Jackson

Drove up the California coast on a road curved like a snake
I got lost in those orange groves lining that P.C.H.
I don't know how to love, don't even know who I am
I've got a father who's a drinker, and my mother's been born again
And I'm singing

I know, I know who you love
And I know, yes I know it ain't me
I know, I know who you love
And I know, yes I know it ain't me

I heard your voice breaking through like a green light in the fog
Bay area bread bowl baby I could never get enough
Cold crater lake water and a snowman in June
I never meant to fall in love but some things you gotta do

Between the trees of those Portland streets you would fall in love
I wish you both the very best and then move on
When you think of me I hope you hear this song
'Cause I'm singing, we're all singing, I know who you love!

It's Not Over

Written By: Matt Richardson

If you go don't let me know,
And if you stay please don't say
It's just a friendly game
Of keep away from me

If you find that in time
Another love has crossed your mind
Just give him a call
Please don't stall for me

It's all over
It's all over
It's all over
Over my head

If you ever think of me
Just brush it off casually
'Cause I think of you everyday
I just can't make it go away

As I sit, as I think
I take a sip, another drink
And I say a prayer
And say I'll stop I swear

It's all over
It's all over
It's all over
Over my head
But it's not over
It's not over
It's not over
In my head

3a.m. on 35 and there's no end of you in sight
You painted me a starry night, now I can't let you go

I don't wanna, I just don't wanna be
I don't wanna, I just don't wanna be
I don't wanna, I don't wanna be this way

I don't wanna, I just don't wanna be
I don't wanna, I just can't stand to be
I don't want to be this way in my head

Here's to Looking Back

Written By: Matt Richardson

I was a young man then a'lookin' for a shore
A place to hang my hat and a land I could explore
I had my mind made up and all my bags were packed
But that's when you showed up and knocked me on my back

I picked myself up off the ground and I shook it off
I said, "Hey what you want?" and you just looked at me and scoffed
You said "You know darn well what I came 'round here looking for
And when I get you'll be begging me for more"

Oh, I remember well
Oh, Back before we fell
Oh, Before we got off track
Oh, Here's to looking back

So I cleaned up and quit my rough and rowdy ways
I saddled up with you and we rode off for days
And oh the thrill of love we had still fills my mind
Or maybe you look more alluring from behind

Then right before our eyes the days turned to a year
And I was thinking maybe I could settle here
So I hocked my gun and got a diamond in its place
But when I knelt down you rode off without a trace

Where did I go wrong? We were going strong
I was loyal I was true, I was so in love with you

Well I guess that's over now what's passed is in the past
And I've set sail since then though I'm flying at half mast
And every now and then when the wind casts me about
I think of you and how your lovin' knocked me out

Leave Me Be

Written By: Nate Heavilin

Like a moth to flame each time she calls my name
With lips of poison her words are lies
To keep me down, keep me under she tries

She says "This is who you are now, it's how you ought to be"
I'm sorry to be disappointing, but darling that just isn't me

And I tried volume and boldness
Flawed ways to approach this
Intensity falls on blocked ears
So this time I'll lean in and speak gently
These words sent intently
Be careful so that you may hear
I need you to leave me be

And your doubt I've earned
Returned to you, I've turned my back on lessons learned
I paid you attention, I paid in rebellion, He paid in blood
My fall followed pride, and I cannot hide, remorse is a flood

She says "You won't be worth more than you are now,
And sorrow is all that you'll know"
She whispers these lies and she tries, and she tries
But only One sits on the throne


Volume & Boldness (EP) Release: 7-22-14
Carry Us On (EP) Release: 7-27-12

Set List

Over an hour of all original material. Covers optional! We'll play as long or short as you need.