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Big Wolf Band New Album

Big Wolf Band are delighted to announce their new album “Rebel’s Journey” which will be released on Friday 19 April 2024. This is their biggest and boldest release to date, and the second instalment of the Rebel’s trilogy of albums. Joining forces once more with esteemed producer Mark Stuart and studio engineer maestro Sheena Sear at M2 Studios for their third studio album.

The album is available to pre-order on CD and pre-save digitally from www.bigwolfband.com/shop.

The first single, ‘Empire and a Prayer’ was released on Friday 19th January.

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The new album is about the growth of the band and frontman’s Jonathan Earp’s personal journey. Big Wolf Band have built a reputation as being one of the best live bands on the circuit, delivering dynamic shows with an expansive range of self-penned songs that cover all flavours of blues rock that truly makes them unique. Rebel’s Journey reinforces this bands creativity, musicianship, and delivery. Each song having its own identity but still that unmistakable Big Wolf sound. The band’s ability to drift between genres while keeping their own sound is a big selling point amongst followers of the band.

The first single off the album and racing out of the blocks is Empire and a Prayer. This is a high energy, pedal to metal riff-based guitar track. It hits you with flavours of southern rock, americana and hints of the blues, laced with catchy vocal hooks, driving piano and powerful drums.

The song is about escapism, getting away from it all and in this case taking a drive in your favourite car to forget your daily worries. The track is also a little nod to a friend who has provided help to the band in the past. The backing vocals on this track and on the rest of the album is the wonderful Zoe Green. This song demonstrates the band’s ability to move through the gears with ease and ultimately demonstrates a more rocking sound. This track was co-written by Jonathan Earp and Justin Johnson.

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“Rebel’s Journey highlights my own personal battle with my mental and physical health,” says vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Earp. “I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (HEDS) which affects everything. I had surgery in mid-2019 during our Be Free tour to repair damage to my right shoulder, dislocations, and nerve pain. Unfortunately, the operation caused more pain and numbness and for nearly 2 years I struggled to play; some days to even hold a plectrum.”

“Songs like Standing in the Rain, Black Dog Blues and Living on Borrowed Time are about the battles I had during those dark days. My condition will always be a challenge but one I live with and continue to prove doubters wrong.”

Continues Jonathan, “the album isn’t all doom and gloom, despite being in the blues genre. “Empire and a Prayer, my first co-written song with Justin Johnson, as well as Got Me Reeling and Living on Borrowed Time. We have had many a joke with my dark writing style, Justin brings the light and love. Rise Together is one of the songs on the album I am proud of and is all about the power of love, rising together and that anything is possible.”

“Mick, Justin, Robin, and Tim played out of their skin. Mark and Sheena as always bringing it all together. Big Shout out to Zoe Green for adding some amazing backing vocals. We even managed a first in the studio’s history by getting Sheena to add some gang vocals along with my wife on Rise Together. As the title of the album suggests, it has been one hell of a journey. The most challenging song on the album was Standing in the Rain. It’s a big old ballad of a song, lots of moving parts, orchestral parts, stops, starts and even a thunderstorm. Everyone delivered big time on this album.”

2024 also sees Big Wolf Band hit a big milestone reaching their 10th year together as a band. From humble beginning as a 3-piece to the big sound they deliver now as a 5-piece. “Rebel’s Journey” is a fitting name for the album and their 10th year together. The band undertake their biggest headline tour to date adding dates in Germany and the Czech Republic.

Big Wolf Band Tour dates 2024

07 Feb – The Jam House, Birmingham
10 Feb – The Station, Cannock
13 Feb – Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon
23 Feb – Blues at the Bay, Stockton on Tees
25 Feb – Half Moon Putney plus support from Thomas Heppell
01 Mar – Wirral Blues Club, Wirral
02 Mar – Borough Blues Club, Wales
12 Mar – REICHENBACH, DE
13 Mar – KOLÍN, CZ
14 Mar – Banská Štiavnica, SK
15 Mar – BUDIŠOV NAD BUDIŠOVKOU, CZ
16 Mar – ZNOJMO, CZ
17 Mar – VALAŠSKÉ MEZIŘÍČÍ, CZ
22 Mar – Leeds Blues Club
29 Mar – The Bear, Luton
31 Mar – Nantwich Jazz and Blues
05 Apr – Temperance, Leamington
12 Apr – Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury
14 Apr – Bromley Blues Club
20 Apr – Blues at the Barleylands, Billericay
21 Apr – Hope Tavern, Market Rasen
26 Apr – Bosworth Blues Festival
11 May – Macclesfield Beer Festival
24 May – Saltburn Blues Club, Redcar
25 May – Booze and Blues Festival, Leicester
07 Jun – Lamp Tavern, Dudley
13 Jun – Red Arrow Music Club, Ramsgate
16 Jun – Blues Weekend at the Toorak Hotel, Torquay
05 Jul – Alfold Rock and Blues Festival
09 Aug – Darlington R&B Club
17 Aug – Old Bush Blues Festival
24 Aug – Rory Gallagher Festival, Nantwich
25 Aug – Congleton Jazz and Blues (venue tbc)
06 Sep – Nene Valley Festival
15 Sep – Red Lion, Stevenage
20 Sep – Joe Joe Jim’s, Birmingham
04 Oct – Backstage at the Green, Kinross
12 Oct – Legends Blues Club, Tamworth
01 Nov – Colne Delta Blues and Americana Club
23 Nov – Giffard Arms, Wolverhampton
13 Dec – Emsworth Music Club

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