JLJF Appearances 2023
The sound of Wolf Jett will make you dance, sing, and possibly even howl! Its roots run deep through the soul and help heal the heaviness of life. Their music is a celebration of perseverance, infusing folk, blues and americana into what can only be described as “Cosmic Mountain Music.” Frontman Chris Jones was born in the south and raised in CA, His songs combine the best of both worlds to create a vibe that is fresh, yet immediately familiar to a broad audience. He is joined by long-time musical collaborator Jon Payne on drums, Duncan Shipton on bass, Will Fourt on dobro/guitar and debuting Laura T. Lewis on vocals/percussion, while occasionally featuring special guests, to boot.
Wolf Jett was conceived in late 2019 with the intent of bringing people together and putting smiles on their faces. Just prior to the release of their debut album (backed by 3 multi-state tours and various festival appearances) the world was brought to a screeching halt by pandemic. To adapt, they constructed an analog studio at Jon’s residence called “House on a Hill” in Boulder Creek California. Unfortunately, the CZU Lightning fires ripped through Big Basin State Park in August 2020, consuming the house and new studio along with it. Their story was featured in SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury, Santa Cruz Sentinel, Lookout Santa Cruz and Good Times. Seeing an opportunity to help their community heal, they recorded a breathtakingly emotional live video among the ashes and rubble of where House on a Hill once stood with the help of their friends the T Sisters. Their song “Garden of Pain” has since become a local favorite.
Their debut album was picked up by Warner Chappell Music and their follow-cost record is due Spring ’23. They have performed with Bay Area greats California Honeydrops, The Brothers Comatose, AJ Lee, Jan Purat and Chad Bowen from AJ Lee & Blue Summit, James Deprato (Chuck Prophet), Marty O’Reilly, T Sisters, Sam Chase, Stelth Ulvang (the Lumineers), Eric Yates (Hot Buttered Rum), and Midnight North. You can hear them online and on local radio stations KPIG and KBCZ in Santa Cruz.