Afton Wolfe ‘Cry To The Moon’ Tour Set for April 11-30 + Nashville Show w/ Grace Bowers & Mark Bryan
March 21, 2023 by 1888media
Genre-smashing southern troubadour Afton Wolfe has announced a 15-city East coast trek in support of his recently released EP ‘Twenty-Three,’ the follow-up to his critically-acclaimed debut LP, Kings for Sale, (Grandiflora Records) which The Rocking Magpie declared “The real deal in a very shallow world.”
Glide Magazine summed Wolfe up best, “Afton’s a singer-songwriter for the people in the most genuine way possible. With a deep bravado that is reminiscent of Nick Cave sharing a mic with Johnny Cash, there is plenty to rest your ears upon when hearing Wolfe deliver a tune. With introspective lyrics and valiant delivery, Wolfe has always made the song and its color presentation a work of singer-songwriter art.”
None more so is this evident than in the song and visual for “The Moon Is Going Down” (from Twenty-Three).
Twenty-Three is more than an allusion to its calendar date and the year of the nascent millennium. The number 23 has a revered history steeped in mystical properties. In its purest sense, the number 23 is magic personified.
The new collection opens with the soul-baring ballad “Cry,” which open-heartedly navigates the weight of grief and grieving. It packs an emotional wallop with a dash of gospel doo-wop courtesy of vocalists Melanie Dewey and Regina McCrary, of the McCrary Sisters, daughters of Baptist preacher, Reverend Samuel H. McCrary, a founding member of The Fairfield Four.
Born in McComb, and growing up in Meridian, Hattiesburg, and Greenville, Mississippi, the roots of American music are in Wolfe’s DNA.
Mississippi is the birthplace of at least three American art forms: country music, blues music, and rock and roll. Meridian is the birthplace of Jimmie Rodgers, while the Mississippi Delta is the birthplace of the blues, and the first rock n’ roll notes ever played according to intelligent music historians, came from Hattiesburg.
He’s carrying its storied tradition forward.
Wolfe is revving up for his annual Eastern excursion from Tennessee to Niagara Falls and back. Joining him on the road from April 11-30 are drummer Madison George, bassist Eric Mendez and musical chameleon Seth Fox, who on any given song plays flute, sax, clarinet and/or guitar.
Afton’s also hosting a special hometown show, Thursday, March 30, at the coolest new spot in town, The Eighth Room (in the old Douglas Corner location).
Sitting in will be rising teen wunderkind Grace Bowers on guitar (fresh from playing with Willie Nelson during the Sister Rosetta Tharpe Tribute at Luck Reunion during SXSW) with an opening set by Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish acclaim. Tix available.
Afton Wolfe Tour Dates
3/30 – Nashville, TN – Eighth Room (w/ Grace Bowers) + Mark Bryan
4/11 – Knoxville, TN – Blue Plate Special (WDVX) [12pm]
4/13 – Knoxville, TN – Preservation Pub
4/14 – Axton, VA – Mountain Valley Brewing
4/15 – Baltimore, MD – Edith May’s
4/16 – Jersey City, NJ – 902 Brewing
4/17 – New York, NY – Cowgirl (opening for Emily Duff)
4/18 – Woodstock, NY – Radio Woodstock
4/18 – Woodstock, NY – Station Bar
4/19 – Buffalo, NY – Jack Rabbit
4/20 – Hoosick Falls, NY – Unihog
4/21 – Portsmouth, NH – Button Factory Stage (WSCA)
4/22 – Norwood, MA – Fallout Shelter
4/23 – Keene, NH – Brewbaker’s Cafe (Nova Arts) w/ Jon Stephens
4/25 – Charlottesville, VA – WTJU (6-7pm)
4/27 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle (Patio)
4/28 – Silver Spring, MD – Silver Strings
4/29 – Charleston, SC – The Dinghy
4/30 – Columbia, SC – Steel Hands Brewing