Robert K. Wolf
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***** (5 stars)

A great song for your slightly unorthodox Christmas Party
If you're just a little tired of your typical Christmas music and have a slightly twisted sense of humor, then this is your song. Sneak it in among your typical Christmas tunes, preferably after everyone has had a drink or two to loosen up a bit, and watch your guests' and coworkers' faces as they start to get it....This is just fun. - MegaMusic Reviews


With the current surplus of singer/songwriters on the scene today, it's becoming more and more difficult for newcomers to stand apart from the crowd. Robert Wolf's Travelin' Songs makes an impact for many reasons. Opening with three songs performed with a band, he grabs your attention with his dynamic sense of melody, solid musicianship and a raspy voice loaded with emotion, especially on the guitar-laden "Just One Dance." Standing out among the rest are the brooding ballad "Twin Sister Serenade" and his ode to an old friend, "Lucky (Canine Heaven)," both of which are laid down solo and acoustic, allowing his stories of life and love to breathe and grow. Displaying a refined way with a lyric, Wolf mostly succeeds in steering clear of clichéd topics and employs a variety of folk and blues styles on Travelin' Songs, keeping your attention while establishing himself as a talent to watch.
- Jim Caligiuri - CMJ New Music Weekly


Discography

1993 - Travelin' Songs
1995 - Life Mileage
1999 - Y2KOTIC
2001 - Crossdressing for Christmas CD Single
2007 - Drivin' You Away

Airplay received on Crossdressing for Christmas via nationwide radio promotion by Bill Wence Promotions.

Promotion in place for Drivin' You Away album.

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With his engaging, versatile, and inimitable American style, Robert K. Wolf has garnered attention from listeners, writers, performers, and industry players alike.

Wolf's 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 Fast Folk's founder and legendary singer/songwriter Jack Hardy to take Rob on as guitarist for two European tours and his eleventh album, The Passing.

In 1996, Wolf headed for Nashville. He continued to be inspired by the fierce individualism of the New York scene, but he 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 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, Y2KOTIC, 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 there. 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 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 "Crossdressing 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. 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....