Todd Wolfe Band

Todd Wolfe Band
Miles to Go

American Showplace Music

By Lady K.
May 2014

Miles to Go is a nice bit of down-home rockin’ blues from Todd Wolfe. The band: Todd Wolfe (songwriter, vocals, all guitars, mandolin); Roger Voss (drums, percussion, backup vocals); Justine Gardner (bass, backup vocals); additional accomplices include John Ginty (keyboards); Steve Guyger (harp); and Sweet Suze (backup vocals)

Miles to Go includes two covers, with the remaining tracks penned mostly by Wolfe, with collaboration with the rest of the band. The well-done covers are Howlin’ Wolf’s “Forty Four”, and a nifty version of “The Inner Light” that does George Harrison proud, with appropriately spooky, echo-y, otherworld-ly vocals.

The up-tempo “Nuthin’ But You” has a ‘happy’ feel and includes a driving beat and whiney guitar, with words that just about every woman wants to hear once or twice in a lifetime (or in a day): ‘nobody but you girl / ain’t nuthin’ but you now / only want to be here with you / gonna live this life with you.’ “Locket Full of Dreams” is a blues-heavy rocker, warning against taking anything for granted, especially life and love: ‘don’t expect to make it a locket full of dreams / you can’t take it with you / you can’t take it when you go.’

There’s some fun guitar in the up-tempo raucous rocker “Day to Day”. He’s doing what he can to get himself through life: ‘ livin’ day to day / don’t want to hear about your tales of misfortune / I’m not trying to say I’m some kind of saint / you do what you can to stay in the game.’

Lady K has some favorites on this album, and “I Stand Alone” is one. It’s mid-tempo, a little sad, a little pensive – a lonely blues tune, where he bemoans ‘lay my body down to sleep, but my thoughts, they ramble on’. My most favorite-est track is the bluesy love song “Stay With Me Baby” – love Wolfe’s guitar here. And his uncertainty about whether his love will stick around: ‘stay with me baby / stay for a while / no way of knowing I’ll ever see you again / can’t believe you’d just walk away.’

“Against the Wall” is up-tempo and exciting and heavy on bass and drums. Another Lady K ‘like’ is the instrumental “Come What May”. Wolfe’s guitar mixes it up well with Ginty on the organ, making for an exciting few minutes.

The only minor issue that Lady K had with the “Miles to Go” CD was that, except for tempo changes, the tracks mostly had a similar sound. I know that many fans love when their favorite bands have a very recognizable sound, so as I said: a minor issue.

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