Shawn Wolfe's Information
Stevens Point, WI
My music is original.
Originally a writer of natural history
essays, landscape 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
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
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.
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