Shawn Wolfe (and the Unschooled Ruffians)

Shawn Wolfe (and the Unschooled Ruffians)

BandFolkAcoustic

We play original music written by Shawn Wolfe, a singer/songwriter influenced by nature. Our style is folk, rock and alternative and is influenced by Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Jeff Tweedy (Wilco), John Denver, and singer songwriters in the tradition of Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

Biography

My music is original.

Originally a writer of natural history essays, landscape and nature descriptions permeate my songs.

As a park ranger and naturalist who worked in Wisconsin, Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, I have keen observational skills and clear memories of these places.

Stylistically, I am influenced by folk, rock, alt-country and bluegrass.

My song lyrics describe my life experiences and the natural landscapes in which I have experienced life. My approach highlights my songwriting, rhythmic guitar and finger-picking and vocals; often accompanied by my harmonica.

My music is born of the tradition of socially conscious singers and songwriters Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Hank Williams.

I am directly influenced by Bruce Springsteen, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Cougar Mellencamp, Cat Stevens, Jim Croce, James Taylor, Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Petty, Led Zepplin and more recently, Wilco and Ryan Adams.

Music has been a Wolfe family tradition at reunions and during holidays and camp outings. My dad and uncles played musical instruments and were influenced by Grandpa Wolfe, who played harmonica along with his 1938 Gibson, which he picked up directly from the factory in Kalamazoo.

I am equally comfortable playing my material solo, accompanied by upright bass and violin or with The Unschooled Ruffians. When accompanied by The Unschooled Ruffians my music transforms into folk/rock with a kick.

The Unschooled Ruffians are Paul Frater, on violin and mandolin, Emiah the Liah, on acoustic guitar, Ethan Klaussen on bass guitar and Kelby Kryshalk on drums.

Lyrics

In the Silence

Written By: Shawn Wolfe

In the Silence
Copywrite 2007 by Shawn WolfeAll Rights Reserved
Will the sun rise
Will the sun set
Will the wind blow
Will the snow drift

Will your hope rise
Will your doubt set
Will your mind blow
Will your thoughts drift

Will the sun rise from the Blue Ridge valley floor
Will the sun set knowing you’ll never see the one you loved before
Will the wind blow hope to or from your weary soul
Will the snow drifts keep you from leaving the Blue Ridge eyes that loved you

The sun will rise and stir the stately mountain pines
The sun will set, but will your mind forget
The wind won’t blow the scent you thought you’d always know
The snow will drift from your Blue Ridge tears...your salty soul

(BRIDGE)
Eyes now gone from your mountain home
The eyes you loved where have they gone
The birds sing now, they sing alone
Don’t let the birds sing alone

(chorus)
Don’t leave her in the silence alone
Don’t leave her in the silence alone
Don’t leave her in the silence alone
Don’t leave her alone……. look away now and listen

Sun rise to Blue Ridge eyes; open your Blue Ridge eyes
Sun set to Blue Ridge eyes; she don’t wanna see the sun set
Icy wind brings tears to your Blue Ridge eyes
Look away…and the sun will rise again
Look away…and the sun will rise again
Will the snow drift over your blank stare?
Look away now and listen

(Chorus)
Don’t leave her in the silence alone
Don’t leave her in the silence alone
Don’t leave her in the silence alone
Don’t leave her alone

As the birds usher in a new day
And the creek sings songs of bubbling joy to your setting heart pain
And the sun stirs a soft wind in the afternoon trees
And the drifts of snow…drifts of snow are flowing free

(Chorus)
Don’t leave her in the silence alone
Look away now and listen

Laurentian Hills

Written By: Shawn Wolfe

Laurentian Hills
Copyright 2007 by Shawn Wolfe
All Rights Reserved

The sun it sets on the Ottawa
Laurentian Hills and evening sky
I once was here, but now am gone
Deep in your mine you carry on

“Promise me you’ll do what makes you happy.”
Is love something that only comes in passing?
Like the perfect day now blown away
Blown to your own flesh and bone

I don’t love you, at least not now
With exception deep in my soul
I only want for you your happiness
Like the sunset over Laurentian glass

You’re so right to choose your own precious ones
Now wandering Laurentian Hills
Walking shores along cool water
With your best friends you are at home

“Promise me you’ll do what makes you happy.”
Is love something that only comes in passing?
Like the perfect day now blown away
Blown to your own precious ones

The sun it sets on the Ottawa
Laurentian Hills and evening sky
I once was here, but now am gone
Deep in my mind you carry on

Tell Me

Written By: Shawn Wolfe

Tell Me You Love Me
Copyright 2007 by Shawn Wolfe
All Rights Reserved

So what do you really want to know?
Where the hell you want to go?
So what are you really gonna do?
If you ever find someone who loves you?

So why the hell you want to cry?
Why expose your faithfulness to lies?
So potent to your heart and mine
If you somehow find that I love you

Don’t you know the pain it comes
Alone or when you find the one
Girl you’re closer then a sister
And when you’re gone girl damn it I miss you

So tell me what you hope to see
Girl am I in your fantasies?
So if I were to tell you all I think
I wonder could you tell me you love me?

REPEAT CHORUS

So would you somehow love me?
Girl tell me you love me
Take a chance and say you love me
Sweetheart, take a chance and tell me you love me

Souls

Written By: Shawn Wolfe

Souls
Copywrite 2007 by Shawn Wolfe
All Rights Reserved
Don’t make me you’re security
I'm secure as the wind
The only things in which I’m sure
Are all the things on which I depend

I can bend without breaking?
I can break without a tear?
Broken sometimes ain't so bad
If your broken, dead and have no fear

But I'd miss the dove's mourning
That bird that’s mocking me
A soul I loved in suntanned skin
With a smile like a haunting ivory breeze

Don’t make me you’re security
I'm secure as the wind
The only things in which I’m sure
Are all the things on which I depend

Will it be just one?
Yes ma’am it is my norm
It’s so nice to see you once again
Looking through my dreamy form

Was it a voice inside my soul?
Was it a truth or lie?
You know I don't really care
When I’m struggling in this fucking skin of mine

So my love
So my love
So my love
So my love

Come over if you'd like a day
Or hour to spend with me
But I don’t want to hear your angel voice
If you're to damn good for me

If you're to good girl
Look in that mirror there
Through your skin and sternum
To your own lonely soul un-bared

Don’t make me you’re security
I'm secure as the wind
The only things in which I’m sure
Are all the things on which I depend

Tomorrow River

Written By: Shawn Wolfe

Tomorrow River
Copywrite 2007 by Shawn Wolfe
All Rights Reserved
Flowing through the glacial plain, below Wisconsin pines
She searched the land to find a man, to bless her heart divine

Wandering in silence, alone she would go
Silence did not show her soul; so she was not known

Silence it forsook her, like a lover’s promise gone
Waters from her yesterday, will tomorrow flow beyond

Wandering from the West she found the endless inland sea
At first sight she lost her heart, in Tomorrow River dreams


Kenna Town

Written By: Shawn Wolfe

Kenna Town
Copyright 2007 by Shawn Wolfe
All Rights Reserved

His light it rose, his blue eyes glowed
In Appalachian Spring
Green and red leaf buds blessed from above
Like his smile blessed his daddy

On Kenna’s edge a trailer town
Freedom’s worst, cars broken down
From tin houses in a row
Jamie’s love for country grew

His dad worked in Kenna Town
Rising smile from his frown
Jamie his hope rose
In him his joy and future glowed

He served to pay his college fund
Parents proud of their only son
He looked so good in his dress blues
And black, polished shoes

His dad worked in Kenna Town
Rising smile from his frown
Holding Jamie his hope rose
In him his joy and future glowed

His last breath on dry sandy ground
A few seconds after going home
In his mind to his mom and dad
With gratefulness for freedom’s land

His soul-mates they all gathered round
Jamie’s body on the ground
Draped in the flag of freedom still
Did Jamie die for one man’s will?

Jamie’s dad still in Kenna Town
Where his hopes and dreams lay in the ground
Freedom thanks to Jamie’s life
Free to speak and say what’s right

Discography

Shawn Wolfe, Tomorrow River, 2007
Played on 90FM in Stevens Point and four songs on www.myspace.com/shawnwolfemusic

Shawn Wolfe and the Unschooled Ruffians: Nine Live at Clark Place, 2007

Set List

My typical set list consists of original songs with two or so covers by musical influences.

Set 1 (Solo or with The Unschooled Ruffians
1. Tomorrow River
2. Laurentian Hills
3. Dawn
4. Quilt of Dresses
5. Hey What Can I Do (Led Zepplin)
6. Tamarack Trees
7. Pirate of Your Peace
8. Will You Play Scotland the Brave
9. You Must Believe
10. Walk Today
11. Barron Canyon
12. Kali’s Dance
13. In the Silence

Set 2 (Solo)
14. Walk’n Alone
15. Magic Day
16. Maybe in a Song
17. Ceaseless Smile
18. Greg Wolfe’s Song
19. What You Call Rain
20. The Bus Ride
21. Johnny Strong

Set 3 (Solo or with The Unschooled Ruffians)
22. She’s the One (Bruce Springsteen)
23. Day at a Time
24. Tell Me You Love
25. Well I Saw You
26. Old Man
27. How Greatness Flows
28. Souls
29. Cabin by the River
30. Vogue Killers
31. Kenna Town

My covers may vary depend on the venue, type of show and th