Carley Wolf

Carley Wolf

 Austin, Texas, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

Carley Wolf and The Howls presents a sound distinctly flavored by American roots music, with energetic live performances that have repeatedly won over both dancing and listening audiences of all ages. A shimmering, idiosyncratic sound that is honest, accessible, and full of spirit.

Biography

Carley Wolf's The Howl is a 3 piece band hailing from Austin, TX. They
are relatively young as a group, having formed in early 2009, but as
individual performers they are much more experienced. Carley, a multi-
instrumentalist, fronts the band on vocals, mandolin, guitar, and upright
bass. She has been performing as a band leader since the age of 13, playing
in dance halls, listening rooms and at festivals across the United States and
Europe. Members of the group have also toured internationally with other
noted bands, including The Crooked Jades, The Belleville Outfit, and Bright
Eyes. The band presents a sound distinctly flavored by American roots
music, with energetic live performances that have repeatedly won over both
dancing and listening audiences of all ages.

Keen listeners have drawn comparisons between Carley’s sound and
songwriting to that of Norah Jones, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams,
Cat Power, and Feist. She also cites Tom Waits as her one of her biggest
influences and personal heroes. With these luminaries as her musical
guideposts, she weaves a shimmering, idiosyncratic sound that is honest,
accessible, and full of spirit.

The Howl has most recently been touring the United
States and Europe in support of their debut release, Set Sail. The group instrumentation
is a mix of electric and acoustic, featuring upright bass, fiddle, guitars,
piano, mandolin, and drums. They will be touring through this year with
plans to record a sophomore release in late 2010.

"I believe I was put here to share music with people." Carley Wolf says this with great confidence, not just because "it’s what comes most naturally and brings the most joy" in her life (and, we might add, in the lives of those around her). True, Carley started singing about the time she started talking, began piano lessons at age 7 and guitar at age 8, started her own band, "The Clabber Girls," at age 12 (with original songs, no less) and another band during her high school years in Houston. True, she is a sound recording engineer who also studied classical guitar with Mark Cruz, jazz on upright bass with Dr. James Polk, and mandolin with no less than David Grisman – and has traveled through Europe and much of the USA playing music.

But Carley had an itch to learn more about her musical heritage, so she hopped on a bus and traveled across Mexico to interview close and distant family members for a documentary film, "Music Through the Bloodline." What she found was that "the love of sharing music, singing, composing, performing, and playing instruments goes generations back as far as I could find – it is in my family’s blood, and has been passed to me with love."

And it is that love – as much as the music itself – that propels Carley into the world to sing and play and write and, yes, record her own as well as other people’s music, too. Cellist Najeeb Sabour says that, "Carley is an extraordinary pioneer of today’s music.... Songs of life, spirit, travels, pressing issues and pure joy are just some of the elements Ms. Wolf expresses through her unique lyrics and original songwriting." Drummer Jon Konya (from the Belleville Outfit) says of Carley, "She is a performer of the highest caliber, with the voice of an angel on high. Her songs touch to the depths of human emotion, and I would marry her over the phone without ever having met her."

Carley’s debut CD, "Set Sail," was recorded at Steve Collins’ Troubadour Studio in Lockhart and features Carley on vocals, guitars, double bass, mandolin, keyboards, banjo and pump organ. Konya and Collins (Deadman) add a variety of sounds; Daniel "Deemo" Moss (The Blue Hit) plays cello and Katy Rose Cox (Shotgun Party) violin. The result is an eclectic mix of ten songs that showcase the range of Carley’s songwriting and performing talent. Steve comments, "Carley Wolf is a rare talent with a gift for creating intrigue and a natural story teller. Her music is spell-binding both in the studio and on the stage."

Carley’s music is very Kerrville, very backyard Austin (and environs) – as gentle as Winter (the friendliest wolf you ever petted), as pure as snow, as honest as Abe himself. This tiny woman with the little girl talking voice and womanly singing voice is always surprising – one day in native dress, the next in high fashion formals – and always disarming, bringing peace and joy wherever she goes.

"Set Sail" opens with a song about Carley’s own "Gypsy Soul Blues" – this is a woman whose chief frustration is not getting her songs and her spirit out to a broader audience, yet! "To Bee" may sound lighthearted, but Carley has spent countless hours working with beehives to save the vital critters so they can keep pollinating our flowers and food. Every song tells a story – but the best way to experience Carley’s music is up close and in person. She WILL sing in your backyard – and mend your fences while she’s changing strings, or

Lyrics

To Bee

Written By: Carley Wolf

I am a bee
but I'm not a queen bee
have grown to feel the need
to build a hive of my own
so I must ROAM

The day has come where I must fly
time to leave this happy hive
gather my thoughts off I fly
early in the morning
fly into the horizon
fly

I'm gonna find the means to be the queen bee
I'm gonna roam until I find my home
I'm gonna fly til I find where I belong

Buzzin around flower to flower
plant to plant hour to hour
I could fly any where in the world if I only had a place to go
a hive of my own
a home

Found a safe place to rest
rested for a while
when I opened my eyes again the sun was rising
it was a rising and a shining

ooooo ooo oooo

Gettin colder day by day
winter drawin nearer
we bees must build a hive to stay alive
we need each other in the winter time
we need each other to survive

Find some drones some worker bees
so we can make some honey
and all of em can feed me royal jelly
but I must beware not to get stung
beware where they're coming from

I'm gonna find the means to be the queen bee
I'm gonna roam until I find my home
I'm gonna fly til I find where I belong

Set Sail

Written By: Carley Wolf

Been out sailing
floating
drifting
into the wind
as the moon is setting
had a direction
a map, a compass, a destination
determination
through storms arrived but returned to the sea
solid shore couldn't hold me
couldn't satisfy me

Set sail to the west with no one place in mind this time
sailed on the wind
now look where I am
lost in the ocean's blue endlessness
accompanied only by my own restlessness

Restlessness
Restlessness

Putting out this sail again and waiting for the wind
my only friend
trusting
Trusting.
She will know and take me where I ought to go
may she blow
may she blow blow

Blow wind blow

She carries me away
as the sunrise
brings a new day
a new day
a new day

Run into the Sun

Written By: Carley Wolf

You're on a boat out at sea
Iʼm on a mountain climbing
Our paths were once in line, a perfect moment in time
but time moves on
keeps moving along
I blinked my eyes and it was gone

You've come back looking for me
Iʼm far from where I use to be
But weʼll always have that memory of our hearts beating in time

Mountain laurels are blooming
Seasons are changing
Days are getting longer
Skin is getting tougher
and everything is getting older older and older
You can lean on my shoulder, but donʼt you cry

The great unknown is yet to come
Don't you let that be worrisome
A new day has just begun
Run into the sun

Each precious moment we hold
in our very hands
We must learn to do what we can
the best that we can
cause we canʼt go back in time
The past has passed us by
but our spirits and our souls will never die

You're on a boat out at sea
Iʼm on a mountain climbing
clouds pass by so quickly
itʼs beginning to rain
as the wind and the waves carry you away
farther and farther away

The great unknown is yet to come
Don't you let that be worrisome
A new day has just begun
Run into the sun

Cold Dead Fingers

Written By: Carley Wolf

Soaring spirit, flying feather
warm winter weather
blue eyes turn gray
fly away
fade
slip, drift
away

Hopped a train four in the morning
it’s gonna take me away
don’t know where it’s going
follow the tracks as time speeds by
as I try to escape what I’m leaving behind

those cold fingers
cold dead fingers
oh how your spirit lingers
your memory lingers

Watching a new sun rise
remember the emptiness in your eyes
witnessed a change of energy
leaving you
leaving me with cold dead fingers

cold dead fingers

Soaring sprit, flying feather
warm winter weather
brother
musical lover
flying away with cold dead fingers
cold dead fingers

Whole Hearted Lover

Written By: Carley Wolf

Love has found me again
just when I wasn’t looking
Love found me again
no no I wasn’t looking
Just doing me own thing
seeing what the world would bring
following my dream
playing the mandolin and singing when

Love found me again
wasn’t sure I was ready but it’s sure here
Love found me again
bring bringing me endless pleasure

Pleasure pleasure
love of loves love me forever
whole hearted lover
hold hold hold me forever
hold hold hold me forever

See it in our eyes
feel it deep inside
two hearts magnetized
to lives electrified
now know what it’s like to be completely satisfied

Love found me again
I declare this time it’s staying
Love found me again
this time it’s got me grinning and a singing

whole hearted lover
love of loves love me forever
whole hearted lover
hold hold hold me forever

Discography

Hand Stitched 2007 ep
Circuit Tree 2008 ep
Set Sail 2009

Set List

90% original songs 10% traditional and obscure covers.