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A.K.A.

by b.b. wolfe

This is music from the heart written from a lifetime of experiences with musicians who bring it home.
Genre: Folk: Political
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1. Broken Ladder
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2. Inheritance
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3. Box of Nails
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4. A Child's Grief
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5. Suitcase Kid
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6. Becoming is Hard
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7. Security
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8. Sure Feels Like Heaven To Me
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9. And All
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"b.b. wolfe's debut album "A.K.A." is a road trip through a landscape of fear, sadness, hope, and triumph. It makes you want to hop a freight train and explore the possiblilites of the world. This is traveling music. Not your typical country album, b.b.'s vocals are a mix between Arlo Guthrie and Bob Dylan. The lyrics are poetic and poignant. They strike a chord with the listener's soul- from the part that feels despair, to the part that still has hope. From the song "Broken Ladder" to "And All" the listener is treated to an album that feels both comfortable and familiar. Like a great work of art, the guitar paints the broad strokes, while the dobro, steel guitar, and harmonica add the details that make this album rich and layered. Reminiscent of country music before it went pop, this is music to live by."
Carrie Smith - South Bend Tribune

"I caught Broken Ladder when I got home and called Al while it was on
to request Suitcase Kid. And once again it broke me down into tears.
You've got the gift. No other local singer songwriter can do what
you do."

quoting John Kennedy of Kennedy's Kitchen

B.B. Wolfe- Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica., Bruce Bartlett- Bass., Dan Gellert- Banjo, Fiddle, Vocals., Jim Shenk- Pedal Steel, Dobro., John Kennedy, Mike Elliott, Jay Miller, Dan Gellert- Background Vocals.

"Security by BB Wolfe was awesome...I could really relate to it..I didn't know whether it made me happy or sad, because it was so true!."

quoting a WVPE 88.1 listener

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MJ Bishop

The Real Deal
BB Wolfe is the real deal. His songs and voice render my heart to mince meat.
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ddddakota

He had a great Christmas
After hearing some a couple clips on public radio, my boyfriend was very intent on finding this recording. Luckily he doesn't have internet. I gave it to hom for Chrismas and he put it right in the player. He loves it. B.B.'s voice reminds him of early John Prine. Thanks for making me look good.
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Ian Lang

Lovely Stuff
I think everyone searches for an artist that captures their heart and soul......BB does that with this album.......Its lovely.....great writing.......fantastic playing.......if only for box of nails......get it guys.......Blimey !! Love this Guy
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joHn Kennedy

Great songwriting, unique, rich, expressive singing.
It's a rare song that makes me stop what I'm doing, sit down, and move into that emotional space where I spent most of my time as a child: vulnerable and hurting one moment, laughing and carefree the next. Don's songwriting and singing take me there. The music is first-take quality, right from the heart, edges and rough spots included.

I'm a friend of Don's and sing background on a couple of tracks so I'm hardly an unbiased reviewer. I give it four stars because I'm expecting even better work in the future and I need to give myself somewhere to go with the rating.
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Chloe

Songs with meaning...
This is not a slick produced disc with smooth edges and fancy arrangements and that is what makes the material so meaningly powerful. This is a disc, as JoHn Kennedy said in his review, that causes you to stop what your doing and listen, listen to the words while the music serves as a backdrop. These are songs of humanity and the condition that it sometimes finds itself in. I would encourage anyone to have a copy of their own.
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Len Buszkiewicz

Heartfelt Songs in a Debut CD
Just listening to the first verse of Box of Nails tells you that you are experiencing the work of a truly gifted lyricist. In this debut CD, B.B. Wolfe consistently delivers strong, vivid images in fresh new ways. His song Suitcase Kid is a touching, heartfelt message to a child of a failed marriage. It simultaneously expresses regret, love and reassurance in a straight-forward, lyrically-concise manner. My personal favorite on the CD, it is emotionally moving without any of the syrupy-sweet trappings frequently associated with such songs.

The sparse musical arrangements, featuring B.B.'s acoustic guitar, Bruce Bartlett's subtle bass and highlighted by some excellent, restrained pedal-steel from Jim Shenk, allow the songs to stand on their own merit.

This is an impressive start. Give it a listen.
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Kevin Joiner

Strong Debut from a Singer-Songwriter of the Classic Style
B.B. Wolfe's debut (as far as I know) could just as easily have been recorded 30 or 40 years ago as today. This is its main strength. There are obvious influences, like the Dylanesque vocals and the Cosmic Cowboy steel guitar, and some not so obvious - Townes Van Zandt comes to mind. However, the genuine vocal-styling and lyrical honesty save it from any sense of being derivative. This is a CD with one foot planted firmly in the decade of folk songwriting that inspired it and the weight-bearing foot at times topical and always universal. It's both timely and timeless.

The mood and tempo of the album are consistent, as is the melodic feel. Were the performances and songwriting not so engaging, the album would suffer from a sense of monotony. Likewise, the sparseness of the tracks can, at times, make the listener wish for a bit more adventurous arranging, but the occasional surprise keeps you listening, such as the sing-along, choral back-ups on Box of Nails.

If you like classic singer-songwriting with a poet's flair for lyrical play and poignancy, you'll really enjoy this album. Buy it and keep an eye out for BB's next album. I'm sure it'll oughta be worth the wait.
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Darlene Jones

Highly Recommended
Simply put. This CD owns the CD Player in my car. I would highly recommend this to anyone.
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Bob Thomas

Five Stars!!!
There isn't a bad song on this CD. This is a lyrically insightful piece of work.
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Samuel

There's something about this disc that has me coming back.....
It hasn't been more than a month ago that I purchased this disc in South Bend, Indiana. In that time I continue to come back and play it over some of my longstanding favorites. All I can say is there is more to this CD than meets the ear....there is something in it that B. B. is dangling in front of us and I believe it is found between the lines....that's were the genius of this recording is.
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