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Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF

Seattle, Washington, United States | SELF
Band Blues Acoustic




"Seattle's Ravin'wolf Taking Local Music Scene By Storm This Week!"

I just saw Ravinwolf perform live for the very first time on Wednesday (March 10th) and it was less than ten minutes into their set the other night that I suddenly REALLY wished I'd seen them the previous week as well (when they were also performing on a Wednesday night at Papa Hemi's Hideaway, in Ketchum) because between the brilliantly-colored tie-dye flag they had affectionately stretched out in one corner of the restarant, the equally eye-catching tie-dye T-shirt (and bandana) that Jamey Bilyeu was wearing onstage AND those often brilliantly-executed guitar riffs that both he and wife Heather were featuring -- not to mention those seriously kick-ass conga drums that Rodney Turner was making verrrry much his own that night in no time at all -- I suddenly felt like I had missed out on some very, very special by NOT seeing Ravinwolf on March 3rd as well.

But whatever I may've missed out on a week before, the March 10th show they gave they other night was positively brimming with high energy and infectious enthusiasm and unceasing respect for their audience (the latter I say because it was a Wednesday full of very popular music-oriented events in Ketchum -- Susan Spelius Dunning, R.L. Rowsey and Zachary Prince having a George Gershwin music night at the Church of the Big Wood; Maria Laura Bustamante & Alejandro Rivas once again dazzling and enchanting their audience there at the increasingly-populated CIRO Market's Wine Lounge; the Paul Tillotson Trio seriously kickin' it once again up at Sun Valley's Duchin Room (with guest NYC drummer Ross Pederson), etc -- and it would've been soooo easy for Ravinwolf to look around at the dozen or so of us there at Papa Hemi's that night, thrown up their hands in exasperation and dejection, and then just sorta phoned it in for the rest of the evening.

But they didn't.

Instead, they played with the sort of unbridled heart and soul and power that the two CDs of theirs I borrowed recently from Hemi's Hideway co-owner Matt Vandernoot only HINT at in many cases. And as the night wore on, they seemed to only get better and more determined than ever to give their small, but loyal audience the (musical) ride of their life -- and that they did!!!

After several classic cover tunes ("Been Through the Desert On a Horse With No Name," "Friend of the Devil," Willie Dixon's "Shake It For Me," Robert Cray's "21"), Ravinwolf then eagerly embarked on a endlessly energetic and inspired series of songs from their own albums ("The Last Cowboy," "Hand In Glove," "Just West of August," "Last Cowboy," "Take Me Away," "Where the Horses Run Free," etc) that left little doubt in ANYONE'S mind there that night why this Seattle-based blues band has managed to survive and thrive for over a decade now, while so many of its contemporaries have indeed fallen by the wayside or otherwise been forgotten about.

And don't be at all surprised when Heather sings stellar lead vocals on "Make Believe" if you don't find yourself closing your eyes at some point (as I did) and wondering if you're not in the presence of now-legendary Heart lead singer Ann Wilson ("Barracuda," "Alone," "What About Love?," "Dreamboat Annie", etc) instead.

Ravinwolf totally slays...

- Sun Valley Online.com - (March, 2010) John Pluntze

"Duo Defies Musical Boundaries"

After listening to the first half of their set and listening to their CD "Buttons and Freedom", I am eagerly awaiting their Brookings show....Seattle based acoustic musicians Ravin'wolf works magic with just two guitars and dual vocals to defy musical boundaries, switching from gritty blues to rock to country ...Jamey Bilyeu's gravelly voice is a perfect match with his fiery fretwork on the blues based songs. FaeRaven's is no slouch in the guitar department, but her vocals soar---part Anne Wilson, part Grace Slick...their harmonies are stellar..." - Curry Coastal Pilot Review (May 2010) - Scott Graves

"Homer Alaska News"

"…judging by the songs on their album, they’re not just written, they’re put together and mainly it’s hot…their sturdy but sweet harmonies..." - Tim Moffat

"Seattle Post Intelligencer"

"With over 14 years in the music business Ravinwolf knows a thing or two...they take you someplace new in rock vocals..." - Barbie Hull

"Homer Alaska News"

"Ravinwolf has found out how to keep themselves alive as a business and still have plenty left to rock the clubs. They also know to rise above the crowd in the music world you have to have your own voice , your own style and your own music...that they do!"

- Tim Moffat

"Arts & Entertainment"

"...bands are nearly as numerous as beetle kill spruce trees <of Alaska>. Ones that can sing in harmony are less common, and ones with enough of their own stuff to put together an album worth listening to, cuts the number further. Add a sense of musical arrangement, a male-female singing duo that sound like they fetched their voices out of the same gene pool and you've got Ravinwolf!" - Homer Alaska News - ARTS

"88.1 FM The Burg"

"...they're sooo cool...Rävinwolf is amazing! Rockin' tunes...really cool, quirky harmonies...I'm impressed by Rävinwolf and I'd love to hear more from them in the future..."
- 88.1 The Burg, Ellensburg, WA

"The Observer"

...Ravinwolf is the most popular band in the county...extremely creative original music! - Central Washington Univ Student Paper

"Alaska State Fair"

...their performance was seamless... - Live Music Coordinator

"..."they're silly good...""

"You hear more in their music then the sounds they make...they're silly good!" - Casey Ruud, Whistle Blower - Old Schoolhouse Brewery, Winthrop, WA


1998 Ravinwolf I: How Are You
Rävinwolf's debut Album "How are You" is a snapshot of their early touring days in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska... recorded at Gung Ho Studio in Eugene, Ore., under the engineering expertise of Billy Barnett.

2007 Ravinwolf II: Buttons and Freedom
With this full length 13-cut CD, they have set forth to define their signature sound. A year in the making, 'Buttons and Freedom' was recorded at Cascade Productions in CleElum, WA, under the engineering expertise of Allen Larsen and features some of the Northwest’s finest musicians. At once lyrical & punchy, it is a musical, if not mystical, journey that surrounds the listener with walls of soaring vocals. Nestled in the lush layerings of acoustic guitars and creative rhythms lie the thought provoking lyrics within the quality song crafting for which they’re known.

2010 Ravinwolf Live at the Columbia City Theater
"Live at the Columbia City Theater" was recorded live at the Columbia City Theater in Seattle, Wa, under the engineering and production expertise of Chip Butters (of buttersound.com), this piece of work features new songs (Hand in Glove, My Blues and Dancin Tree among others) and a live flavor we have never before captured on tape. Minimalistic, the instrumentation featured on this album is our blues trio with two acoustic guitars, and special guest Kurtis Parsons of the band "Rise n' Shine' on djembe and hand percussion.

2011 Long Live Live Music
After almost 2 decades on stage together Ravin'wolf is spotlighting their acoustic blues duo with this live release. They shine, performing their soulful, loosely tight and seamless guitar-work with that unbridled live energy for which they are well-known. Recorded in Seattle, Wa under the engineering expertise of Chip Butters of Buttersound at the REC Room, this recording captures the energy of a band still on tour ... featuring 16 live tracks fresh off the road..and all on only 2 guitars, in the Alan Lomax tradition.




Nominated in 2010 for the
by the Washington Blues Society.

With the spirit of blues roots americana and in true folk rock tradition... RAVIN'WOLF with heart & soul and undying respect for their audience... unleashes their own brand of unbridled sagebrush blues jug-jam...

Their live show is complete... with swampy slide, acoustic rock-fusion guitar grooves,  stellar vocal harmonies, world-class lead guitar work, alongside their own roots blues & folk-rock infused originals.  They have toured extensively  throughout the Pacific Northwest (Idaho, Montana Oregon & Washington) and Alaska appearing at Festival, Winery and Concert Showcase venues, as well as corporate events, holiday events, resorts and pub & brewery venues, performing over 165 shows a year. Ever the consummate professionals, they are well known for their high energy show!


2011 Sunbanks Blues Festival - Coulee, Wa
2011 Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle, Wa
2011 Jazz in the Valley - Ellensburg, WA
2011 Pistol River Concert Series - Pistol River, Or
Highway 99 Blues Club - Seattle, Wa
Columbia City Theater - Seattle, Wa
2010 Seattle Hempfest - Seattle, Wa
2010 Oregon Country Fair -Darling Campgnd - Veneta, Wa
The Brick Tavern - Roslyn, Wa
Old Schoolhouse Brewery - Winthrop, Wa
John's Alley - Moscow, Idaho
Top Hat Bar - Missoula, MT
Bitter Root Brewery - Hamilton, MT
Ice Harbor Brewery - Kennewick, WA
Silver Dollar Bar - Bellevue, ID
The Ballard Firehouse - Seattle, Wa
2008 Northwest Folklife Festival - Seattle, Wa
2008, 2009 Yakima Valley Folklife Festival - Yakima, Wa
The Rockfish - Anacortes, Wa
Junction Roadhouse - Port Angeles, Wa
Wa State Appleblossom Festival - Wenatchee, Wa
Okanogan Family Faire - Tonasket, Wa
Key Largo - Portland, Or
Taylors - Eugene, Or
The Thirsty Lion - Portland, Or
2010 Pine Springs Resort Blues Bash - Goldendale, Wa
2010 Rock Cut Blues Festival - Kettle Falls, Wa
2010 Tumbleweed Music Festival - Richland, Wa
Boon's Treasury - Salem, Oregon
Jasmine's Event Ctr - Roseburg, Or
Event Ctr on the Beach - Gold Beach, Or
Raw Space - Ellensburg, Wa
Engel's Pub - Edmonds, Wa
Boundary Bay Brewery - Bellingham, Wa


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Randy Oxford Band
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Carrie Clark & the Lonesome Lovers
The Herbivores
The Planetary Refugees
Too Slim & the Taildraggers
Vicci Martinez
Elvin Bishop
The Romantics
Paul Rodgers
Anne & Nancy Wilson of Heart
Delbert McClinton
Eric Burden
Joe Walsh
Bachman Turn Overdrive
Blue Oyster Cult
The Guess Who
Pat Travers
Alice in Chains (w/Lane Stanely)
Eddie Money
Jefferson Starship
Marshall Tucker
The Outlaws
Mary McPage Band
Tuck Foster & the Blues Revue
Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes
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Nominated for "Best of the Blues 2010" Award for "Best Solo/Duo Performer" by the Washington Blues Society

1 - Ranked #1 on Reverb Nation's Local Blues Chart