Peter Wolf’s new album, A Cure For Loneliness, is out

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“On his new solo album, Peter Wolf considers his place in today’s rock-and-pop world…
Through the disc, Mr. Wolf, the vocalist and composer for the J. Geils Band, which had a string of hits
in the ’70s and early ’80s, examines his standing at this stage in his life…
he points out in song that he doesn’t want to relive the past.”
-Wall Street Journal

“While Wolf’s signature influences of soul, R&B, rock and roll and even country are displayed over the course of these dozen tracks, his songwriting, singing and backing from a typically solid band show he’s just as vital in his fifth music making decade as when he broke out with the Geils guys on their 1970 sense Wolf recognizes his mortality even if he’s unwilling to go down quietly.
With any luck, he’ll have plenty more gas in his tank to release albums
as rugged, diverse and memorable as this in the foreseeable future.”
-American Songwriter
Peter Wolf’s new album, A Cure For Loneliness, is out today. The album includes nine new Wolf originals, four of them co-written with Grammy/Academy Award-winning songwriter Will Jennings.  The material ranges from the loose-limbed gospel boogie of “How Do You” to the acoustic reverie of “Some Other Time, Some Other Place” to the swinging big-band swagger of “Mr. Mistake” to the introspective balladry of “Peace of Mind” and “Fun For A While.” 

Other highlights are an audacious bluegrass reworking of the classic J. Geils anthem “Love Stinks,” and the stirring soul ballad “It’s Raining,” which Wolf co-wrote with R&B pioneer Don Covay. Wolf had originally intended to record the song as a duet with soul legend Bobby Womack, but received the news of Womack’s death while he was working on the song’s instrumental track.
A Cure for Loneliness‘ thematic centerpiece is its opening track “Rolling On,” a spare yet insistent statement of purpose that underlines Wolf’s stature as a world-class rock ‘n’ roll survivor.
“It’s a song about getting through life and trying to prevail, and that’s what the whole record is about,” Wolf states.  “It’s basically saying ‘I’m still here.’  Change is constant, but it’s not necessarily negative, so you just have to keep rolling on.”
A Cure for Loneliness also features a trio of obscure covers that reflects Wolf’s wide-ranging musical interests: the honky-tonk lament “It Was Always So Easy (To Find An Unhappy Woman),” the country heartbreaker “Stranger,” and the haunting 50’s ballad “Tragedy.” Rolling Stone premiered the album’s rousing first single, “Wastin’ Time,” in February.
Wolf recorded A Cure for Loneliness with a prestigious group of musicians that includes several longtime collaborators such as, keyboardist Kenny White, who co-produced the album with Wolf, and the members of his touring band, the Midnight Travelers: guitarists Duke Levine and Kevin Barry, bassist Marty Ballou, drummers Tom Arey and Shawn Pelton.
In a musical career spanning half a century, Peter Wolf has earned a reputation as one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most compelling performers, while consistently making distinctive, personally charged music that demonstrates his mastery of a bottomless well of American musical styles. Wolf continues his musical journey with A Cure for Loneliness. The 12-song album ranks with the artist’s most adventurous and accomplished work, showcasing his irrepressible charisma while encompassing his effortless affinity for country, blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.
“I see this album as a continuation of a body of work that I’ve been creating for a long, long time,” Wolf concludes. “Each album is a challenge and every one of them has been a learning experience.  I think that they’ve become more personal and revealing as I’ve continued. I still feel the way I felt when I started out decades ago, I’m just trying to prevail and continue to grow as an artist… and to keep rolling on with music as a cure for loneliness.”
Wolf has confirmed tour dates that begin April 29 in Hartford, CT, at Infinity Hall. And end May 21 at Chicago’s Park West. The full itinerary is below. More dates will be announced soon.
Peter Wolf Tour Dates:
29 – Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
30 – Fall River, MA – Narrows Performance Hall
5 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
6 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom
11 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
12 – Somerville, MA – Somerville Theatre
13 – Albany, NY – The Sawyer w/ Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams
19-20 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark
21 – Chicago, IL – Park West
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