Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes

 

Biography

 Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes sings the music of, by and for outcasts and outliers.

When Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes take the stage, they’re not just playing a show. Their vibe is party, reunion, and catharsis in one – the energy of their tunes is hard to miss, but each song carries the weight of humanity’s dark corners. Taking inspiration from past and present – folk and roots rock artists like The Limeliters, The Band, and The Byrds, and more recent flag-bearers like R.E.M., The Decemberists, and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes take a folk rock canvas and weave in big helpings of Broadway, Jazz, Blues, and Country, giving them a sound both familiar and unique, distinctly American and part of a broader world.

As much as fans love Scott’s songwriting for lifting up the lives of the unsung, newcomers are often surprised by the range and tight musicianship of the band. No Depression wrote, “Listen to these dudes…these people are magicians…wizards…”. Skyler Bode, Kirk Siee, Matt Laurita, Chris Kelly, and Mike Bell are not only skilled players, but musical shapeshifters. And they’re total characters to boot, with personalities born of shared histories as outliers. Listeners on the lookout for wicked humor and off-beat sensibilities to call home, will find more than they bargained for here..

The Alternate Root Magazine calls them “...an Indie Folk music that could work on street corners or big stages.” While the band loves the circus they bring to festivals, visitors to their house concerts and listening rooms soon realize that their intensity works in smaller settings too. As John Platt of WFUV said, they’re “...a talent-laden band. They're equally comfortable going electric or acoustic.” And it’s just not a Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes show until the good-natured ribbing starts. The band thrives on it, and loves the connection such intimate shows bring with an audience.

A Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes show is an exercise in the unexpected. As No Depression said, “…Wolfson will not only defy the norm, but all expectations as well.” Their mix of talent and wit has brought acclaim as Most Wanted Artists in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Formal Showcase Artists at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, and frequent performers at The Philadelphia Folk Festival. And now, with two airplay-charting albums under their belts, they have begun recording their most ambitious and expansive studio work yet.

The songs are new, the stories universal, but the message is clear. As one of Scott’s lyrics says, “We may be broken, but we are not alone.”

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Highlights

  • Official Formal Showcase Artist - NERFA November 2016
  • Most Wanted – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - March, 2016
  • Welcoming The Flood Debuts at # 15 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Alternative Folk Album Chart - February, 2016
  • Unloved Daughter Debuts at # 14 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Alternative Folk Song Chart - February, 2016
  • Played 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival - July/August, 2015
  • Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - July, 2015
  • Life on Fire #55 in the Roots Music Report most played Folk albums of 2014
  • Life on Fire #162 in the Folk DJ-List most played Folk albums of 2014
  • Official Quad Showcase – NERFA - November 13-16, 2014
  • Life on Fire debuted at # 60 on The Alternate Root’s Top 66 Intl Airplay Chart
  • Official Showcase – NJ One-Day NERFA - April 5, 2014
  • Life on Fire debuted at #28 on the FolkDJ Chart - March
  • Life on Fire climbed to #8 on the Roots Music Report Nationally - March 28, 2014
  • Life on Fire climbed to #2 on the Roots Music Report for New Jersey - March 28, 2014
  • The Backseat and Me debuted at #2 on the Roots Music Folk Song Report Nationally - March 28, 2014
  • Nothing to It climbed to #17 on the Roots Music Folk Song Report Nationally - April 11, 2014

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“This band doesn’t hesitate to ignite like a match on their fiery second collection, Welcoming The Flood. Listen to these dudes…these people are magicians…wizards…"
John Apice No Depression
"Scott Wolfson & Other Heroes is a talent-laden band. They're equally comfortable going electric or acoustic, and Welcoming the Flood is full of well-crafted songs that reveal new insights with repeated listening."
John Platt WFUV
"Welcoming The Flood is the next step in the evolution of Scott Wolfson And Other Heroes. The sound is fuller, the band more expansive and the songwriting is witty and intelligent.This is the best SWAOH project yet!"
Joltin Joe Pszonek Radio Nowhere
“The band’s happy, full sound is infectious. Scott Wolfson’s voice is silky with an edge. The future of folk rock is here.”
Cheryl Prashker Former President and Board Member of Northeast Regional Folk Alliance [NERFA] / Percussionist for RUNA
“...Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes, a remarkable band from the folk Mecca of Jersey City. Their inspiring set, the last of the afternoon, had everyone on their feet singing and dancing in a spontaneous celebration that summed up what the one day conference was all about. Music that reaches people. Music that is shared. A community that raises their voice as one.”
Ron Olesko WFDU/Folk Music Note Book, Sing Out!

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