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Heart Worn Sleeve

by b.b. Wolfe

In these nine songs on HEART WORN SLEEVE you will hear the longing that lays beneath the American human condition and the footprints it leaves behind. Joining bb on HEART WORN SLEEVE is a group of young musicians’ who call themselves the Goldmine Pickers.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Homespun Memories
B.B. Wolfe
4:19 $0.99
2. Song for Dan
B.B. Wolfe
4:42 $0.99
3. Something Tells Me It's Not True
B.B. Wolfe
3:34 $0.99
4. Song for MJ
B.B. Wolfe
5:22 $0.99
5. Winthrop's Lament
B.B. Wolfe
7:21 $0.99
6. In Three-quarter Time
B.B. Wolfe
3:22 $0.99
7. The Bridge
B.B. Wolfe
6:06 $0.99
8. Heart Worn Sleeve
B.B. Wolfe
6:04 $0.99
9. Elusive Love
B.B. Wolfe
3:08 $0.99
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Album Notes
REVIEW FROM ROOTSTIME.BE (JUNE 2008 REVIEW) (translated from Dutch to English)

"Every so often one witnesses a small wonder. When suddenly you hold a musical gem in your hand, not knowing where the brilliance comes from. Is it the sensitive voice, serene and settled as if the heart is broken? Is it the atmospheric accompaniment of the Goldmine Pickers with fiddle, guitar, mandolin and banjo? Is it the lyrical texts that the melodies center around? Perhaps it is everything at once, but it is especially the singing style with the compelling voice of B.B. Wolfe..."

www.rootstime.be Marcie - (June 2008)


B. B. Wolfe - Heart Worn Sleeve

It's not often I pop in a disc from an unfamiliar local performer and I'm not only thoroughly impressed, but I'm surprised almost to the point of being stunned. Mesmerizing, soothing vocals, combined with thoughtful superb writing. The voice is unique, but familiar, it recalls early Dylan of the basement tapes era, but there is more there, an additional warmth reminiscent of Greg Brown or Chris Smither. This is a honest CD, written and performed in the heartland with the unfettered Midwestern sensibilities of an artist possessing uncanny maturity for his sophomore release. I found myself listening to it over and over this afternoon. Highly recommended, one of my favorite CDs of 2008.- Steven Johnson Publisher MichiganFolkLive.com


b.b. wolfe was born in Flint, Michigan an orphan child.
He grew, went through the public school system, then to college, became a visual artist, teacher and singer-songwriter.

In 2005 he released his first album, AKA, that was played worldwide on roots stations and now in 2008 he has released HEART WORN SLEEVE.

Three years have past since AKA hit the airwaves. In that time b.b. has traveled through the heart of American Roots music, from Avalon to the Appalachian's, with the ghost of Harry Smith as his guide.

In these nine songs on HEART WORN SLEEVE you will hear the longing that lays within the spaces of each note played and feel the footprints each one leave behind. Joining bb on HEART WORN SLEEVE is a group of young musicians’ who call themselves the Goldmine Pickers. They are Lukas Simpson, Jay Lapp, Sean Hoffman and Brian Cook, a great bunch of folk. Also, joining bb is Bruce Bartlett and MJ Bishop.

"Hi b.b.,

This Spring evening I had a glass of wine on the back deck and listened to all of your album HEART WORN SLEEVE for the first time just as music and not as sound. It is remarkable. Full of humanity, passion and poetry. Homespun Memories gently launches the album, as intricate and charming as a tiny music box. Winthrop's Lament is so powerful. It tells me a lot about your relationship with your adoptive father. The Bridge is just pulsing with passion. I love the image of the Mackinaw Bridge (which I have crossed many times), the sunset and your loving encounter with MJ. HEART WORN SLEEVE is totally captivating with its mysterious sound. Great stuff. Wow, BB, you created a masterpiece. I'm proud to have worked on it with you. bru"

quoting Bruce Bartlett (author of sound and recording)

"I've officially declared Heart Worn Sleeve as the definitive singer-songwriter album of 2008. Seriously man, you have something special going..."

Joshua Stump June 13, 2008



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Chris and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Outstanding Storyteller/Folk CD
“Heart Worn Sleeve” is an aptly titled, impressive blues/folk album from B.B. Wolfe. THe CD also showcases the Goldmine Pickers, who bring a slight country flavor to the album as well. The album is stripped down, relying solely on purely acoustic instruments – guitar, banjo, violin, and accordion – to back his sad, storytelling lyrics. Wolfe’s lyrics portray a sense of longing, of lost love, of sorrow and sadness, and are the most defining quality of the album. His raspy vocals combined with his folk sound, reliance on acoustic instruments, and longing lyrics, should remind the listener of the classic Dylan album, “Another Side of Bob Dylan.” The recording quality is very good as well. Wolfe longs for what could have been on the track “Something Tells Me It’s Not True” when he sings, “I’ve been holding onto this old guitar/I should have been holding you.” “In Three-Quarter Time” incorporates the accordion into Wolfe’s musical styling, and the song title itself should imply that he knows what he’s doing musically. “Heart Worn Sleeve” is an excellent album that displays B.B. Wolfe’s powerful storytelling capabilities and should be looked into by anyone who enjoys a good blues/folk/country fusion.

Tom Conway - Freelance Writer

“Heart Worn Sleeve,” singer/songwriter B.B. Wolfe’s sophomore album, is a triumph. The nine songs, all written or co-written by Wolfe, deal with the writer’s introspective view of himself and society. Much of it is moving. Wolfe remains within the traditional folk idiom, with suggestions of Dylan. The members of the superb Americana band, Goldmine Pickers – wisely chosen by Wolfe to support him – offer colorful instrumentation, but it is Wolfe’s words and phrasing that justify repeated listening. The mysterious Wolfe – the cover art only presents a fly-on-the-ceiling view of the singer – reveals even more layers of his talent than his excellent debut, “A.K.A.” A must-have for any serious admirer of good music.


Congratulations on GrIndie Award
RadioIndy is proud to present b.b. Wolfe a GrIndie Award for their CD \"Heart Worn Sleeve.\" A GrIndie Award is RadioIndy\'s stamp of approval that this CD is an excellent quality CD. Please join us in congratulating this artist on this accomplishment.

Ian Lang

I recently bought BB's first album AKA and thought it wonderful....see the review folks....Heart Worn Sleeve takes the listener a good deal further down the road....its exquisite...production is sensitive and transparent....the playing lovely...check out the fiddler....kinda celtic/country....But mostly, its the songs and voice ! Homespun Memories is worth getting the album alone ! Its a great album and this chap could go on to greater things....already looking forward to the next !

Al Kniola, 88.1 WVPE

Buy This Album!
b.b.'s music has a wonderful sound on this very nicely produced album. Great guitar work! Solid, heart-felt songs. You'll listen to it over and over. b.b. will be getting lots of airplay with this new album.