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Wolf REcords International

THE VERY BEST IN ORIGINAL CHICAGO & COUNTRY BLUES SINCE 37 YEARS (1982 – 2019)

Wolf Records is an Austrian record label based in Vienna. Simply put, its emphasis is the blues.

Today where nearly every second rate “pop star wanna-be” attempts to incorporate the blues the need for a true representative of this music existed.

The story of Wolf Records began in 1974, as 20 daring Austrian blues fans founded the Vienna Blues Fan Club (Mozart, too, would have rolled over!). Hungry for the blues played by the original artists, the club had enticed many of the blues favorites to Austria. Through 1981 the likes of J. B. Hutto, Honeyboy Edwards, Eddie Taylor, Louis Myers, Homesick James, Snooky Pryor, Brewer Philips, Ted Harvey, Detroit Junior, Houston Stackhouse and Henry Townsend had come to play their specialties.

From these tours came the television series “Fatty’s Saloon” hosted by Fatty George, which captures the highlights of these successful club appearances and two recordings, a sampler “Chicago Blues Live” and “Sad And Lonesome” featuring Homesick James and Snooky Pryor. Earmarked as the beginning of the Austrian blues scene, this genre of music has since exploded. Undertaken by four of the club members (two of which remain, Dr. Herbert Pessiak and Hannes Folterbauer) the Vienna Blues Fan Club in 1982 transformed into what is now Wolf Records.

The label was formed with two purposes in mind: re-releasing original country and blues recordings of the 30s and 40s, as compiled by Johnny Parth, and emphasizing the blues style of Chicago, home of the greats. The first Chicago Blues recordings included “Ingleside Blues” by Brewer Phillips and the combined effort of Eddie “Big Town Playboy” Taylor, Jimmy Walker, Smokey Smothers and Birmingham Jones. The first 4 years of sales for Wolf Records were minimal.

It wasn’t until the best selling release of Chicago’s superstar Magic Slim and the Teardrops that sales began to move. And, not only was Magic Slim’s release a fast seller, but it won the WC Handy Award for the best blues recording of the year. That was in 1986; since then Wolf Records has been sinking its teeth even deeper. The Chicago Blues Session series (57 recordings to date) put the Wolf Record label to the forefront of the Chicago Blues scene, in addition to another pair of WC Handy Awards for Magic Slim and Wolf Records.

“Down Home” field recordings gave the Wolf label something special to speak about… another WC Handy Award for the “Giants Of Country Blues Guitar / Vol. 1” release.

In 1990 Wolf cutlined tours for its roster of artists and others, featuring none other than Magic Slim And The Teardrops and Eddie Shaw & The Wolf Gang. Nuturing talents on the homefront, Wolf Records has compiled the Austrian Blues Summit-CD, which features Hans Theessink, Mojo Blues Band, Dana Gillespie, Hooked On Blues and many more. Also Wolf recorded one more CD by Europe’s best female blues singer, Dana Gillespie, and the great newcomers Christian Dozzler & Blues Wave and Peter Garstenauer.

On the international scene Wolf Records is proud to present the best of Chicago; live recordings during the reknown Chicago Blues Fest. Performing in and around the famous Chicago club circuit: Buddy’s Legend, Checkerboard, Kingston Mines, Blues Etcetera, B.l.u.e.s., House Of Blues, and Blue Chicago, to name a few, will feature Wolf recording artists such as Magic Slim & The Teardrops, Willie Kent, Vance Kelly, Eddie Shaw, Dave Myers, Carey Bell, Booker T. Laury, and others. Wolf Records would like to extend its thanks and gratitude for the hard work done by our U.S. reps, Willie Kent, Phil Hammer, John Primer, Paul Smith, Brett Bonner, Ray Copeland, Ron Bartolucci, Carl Meyer, Anthony Brisbin, and to the many others who continue their support.

We are proud of you all.