Afton Wolfe is from the Mississippi area and his first full-length solo record fuses the Delta blues with New Orleans jazz.
He possesses a baritone rasp that has much in common with Tom Waits but his songs have nowhere near the same poetry or intensity.
The album was produced by Oz Fritz and features musicians from Tennessee and the Mississippi.
The raunchy Dirty Girl (the first single) shows that Wolfe is a mature alpha male but he’s also a bit of a drama queen.
On Carpenter he compares himself unfavourably to Jesus Christ and admits “I wouldn’t make you much of a saviour” which must be a weight off for the woman he’s addressing.
The tracks range from the grungy to the grumpy. On About My Falling he wordily regrets “I’d like to think that my falling is just a natural decline in my mobility but that would excuse me from my own scrutiny so that this might go on into perpetuity.” Not exactly catchy!
This is a record that strives gamely for authenticity but falls well short.
Afton Wolfe’s website