Tim Aves & WOLFPACK (yes, their name IS meant always to be spelled in capital letters!) are NOT a tribute band. They play the music of the immortal Howlin’ Wolf and other blues greats with reverence and love – but also with a large dollop of 21st-century Essex attitude.
WOLFPACK was formed by award-winning frontman, writer and broadcaster TIM AVES (Rockin’ Armadillos, Automatic Slim).
To the cause, he recruited erstwhile Armadillos bandmates, ROB “Tank” BARRY (bass) and PAUL LESTER (drums), plus the hottest young blues guitar talent on the British scene, JOEL FISK.
As the band’s name suggests, the tough, scary blues of Howlin’ Wolf is central to the WOLFPACK repertoire, though it also includes band originals and touches all points in between Wolf and artistes from Hound Dog Taylor and Muddy Waters to The Red Devils, ZZ Top and the ARC Angels…
The band made its debut opening for Matt Schofield (Tim was invited to join Matt on harp that night) and first appeared as WOLFPACK in January 2010.
Since then, regular gigs – including tour-de-force performances before thousands of blues fans at the 2010 and 2011 Ealing Summer Blues Festivals, in London, and a headline slot at the 2011 STOWfest have seen WOLFPACK’s reputation soar.
The band’s stunning debut album, “The WOLFPACK Burnham Sessions” is out now, getting regular airplay worldwide, garnering rave reviews and selling fast in CD and iTunes download formats.
Here’s what noted US blues authority Eric Steiner (president of the Washington State Blues Society and a national board member of the Blues Foundation, no less) said about it:
“If the Chicago Blues Festival needed a band to honor Howlin’ Wolf’s memory, I’d highly recommend Tim Aves & WOLFPACK. They’ve captured the soul, the passion and artistry of Howlin’ Wolf.“