Wolf Records International

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Wolf REcords International


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.

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