Robert K. Wolf

Robert K. Wolf

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

PHAT AMERICANA (tm) Drivin'. Groovin'. American. Robert K. Wolf grabs listeners with turns of musical and lyrical phrase that leap off the stage.

Biography

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....

Lyrics

What Color Is the Sky in Your World

Written By: Robert K. Wolf/Lisa Carver

Every night I wake up and wonder
What color is the sky in your world
Is it corduroy blue or loud black thunder
What color is the sky in your world
When I look at mine I see no sunshine
Risin' up inside my head
It's cold and white and void of life
And I'd much rather hear about yours instead

Thought about callin' you up and askin'
What color is the sky in your world
Is it fire truck red with ruby passion
What color is the sky in your world
Well it cut my pride when you said goodbye
In that cloud of dust, high and dry
My mouth wide open on that gray gravel road
Crying' all night, hoofin' back home

Now has your summer run your green leaves turnin'
What color is the sky in your world
Feathers flyin' treetops burnin'
What color is the sky in your world
Well it's rusted brown in this comatose town
And I'm tryin' to shake the taste of your mouth
The faded horizon is all that I can see now
And that hard rock bottom keeps fallin' out

Every night I wake up and wonder
What color is the sky in your world

IntaMezo

Written By: Robert K. Wolf

IntaMezo
Drew Bledsoe
Ain't had my meds so throw me on a pedestal
On the guillotine
With a figurine who's in between a side show fantasy
And a Stevie Nicks McQueen machine
Got it covered
A no braina
On the train with my profane novicaine
I'm a disasta
I'm crumblin' plasta
On the walls of some dump in the ghetto
City of stiletto
Tellin' me you've had enough of me
And my senseless industry of
Wheelin' dealin'
Stealin'
Talkin' my way to the ceilin'
I'm seein' intamezo

Intamezo
A manifesto
A big mother BLEEP plate of pasta with a pound of pesto
Watchin' TIVO
Like a streetho throwin' a lightnin' bolt through a Lexus window
Like microwave toast and a Super Bowl Goal Post download
I'm an incorporata
A hype deflata
Acceleratin' fasta than a judo masta
I come in handy
Like a gold-plated banjo
To impress your mother BLEEP cousin from Tennesseeo
He's a sorry ass
Lives under an overpass
With two ex-dealers from some Navajo reservation casino
And a pit-bull named Ernesto
I'm spewin'

Intamezo
Drew Bledsoe
Ain't had my meds so throw me on a pedestal
Drew Bledsoe
Ain't had my meds so throw me on a pedestal

I'm a fat mother BLEEP takin' up too much space
With a 10-foot woofa and BLEEP load of bass
Comin' out loud and proud in my stereo meltdown
Lost and found, 350 BLEEP pounds of sound
In my Blaupunkt receiva
White male Queen Latifah
Volume up to 10.5
On the El Camino hayride
Takin' a slide through the open wide
Watchin' worlds collide
With each utha
Some serious motha BLEEP
With their switchblade knives, territorial divide
Checkin' it out from the 9-millimeter side
Takin' control of the video show
While I'm talkin' to the BLEEP on my Nokia phone
I'm a modern-day Robert Johnson at the crossroads
Singin' the skull and bones
Standin' in the middle of this bull BLEEP zone
I'm smokin'

Intamezo
Drew Bledsoe
Ain't had my meds so throw me on a pedestal
Drew Bledsoe
Ain't had my meds so throw me on a pedestal

I Don't Belong Here

Written By: Moke Cameron/Robert K. Wolf

I wear a white shirt with an emblem on the left side
Lost track of the number of Mercedes I get to drive
Been working in front of this fancy joint for years
Mama keeps calling sayin’ I don’t belong here

Coulda stayed back home ‘n’ took that nine to five
But I needed a taste of these Hollywood lights
Some suit just chewed me out for grindin’ his gears
I bite my tongue thinkin’ I don’t belong here

I’m supposed to be up there on the big screen
Gettin’ interviewed for all kinds of magazines
Spendin’ money like it’s growin’ on palm trees
That’s where I need to be, I don’t belong here

There’s an open audition comin’ up Friday
No doubt in my mind it’s gonna be my lucky break
Til they roll out the carpet at my very first world premiere
I’ll keep parkin’ these cars thinkin’ I don’t belong here

I’m supposed to be up there on the big screen
Gettin’ interviewed for all kinds of magazines
Spendin’ money like it’s growin’ on palm trees
That’s where I need to be, I don’t belong here

I wear a white shirt with an emblem on the left side
Lost track of the number of Mercedes I get to drive

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.

Set List

Sets can be of any length.

Material will be weighted toward latest album, Drivin' You Away.

Wolf performs minimal covers. If performed, they typically include Dylan, Beatles, John Gorka, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits.