Music is the most universal expression of emotion. It transcends language and cultural barriers to convey a message of feeling. Songs soothe you as a baby and serve as the soundtrack to your childhood and major life moments.
Music is the expression of culture and feeling reflected in upon itself, laid out neatly for the world to see. It portrays neighborhood and regional nuances. Music defines generations and moments in time. Later, like a long-time friend, music waits loyally to instantly transport us back to a younger day.
We are incredibly blessed to be a part of this world and landscape. We work ceaselessly and improve continually to ensure we make an honest and passionate meaningful contribution to that which we hold so dear.
Jr Wolf was formed just outside of Hershey, PA in December of 2012. They started playing shows in the area the following summer. The concentration was on original songs written by band leader, Jason Wolfe. The group played with several different lineups and used mostly a core group of four members, but often invited guest musicians. Jr Wolf commonly performed with anywhere from six to nine members on any given night.
On the Rise
The music electrified crowds and Jr Wolf saw a lot of local success. In the summer of 2014, Jr Wolf played over 50 shows from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh, especially around Harrisburg and Central PA. The act was the first full electric band to be featured live on Harrisburg based ABC 27’s Good Day PA. They served as pre-game entertainment for the Harrisburg Senators minor league baseball team. They also opened for #1 Billboard Country chart topper Frankie Ballard on his Sunshine and Whiskey tour at the famous Chameleon Club in Lancaster.
In September of 2014, Jr Wolf released a self-titled debut album of all original music. The music gained some traction, getting regular airplay on several Central PA radio stations as well as in Colorado, California, and Montana. As a result, by March of 2015, Jr Wolf was ranked among the top 10 Indie bands in the United States and within the top 12 in the world.
The band’s original lead guitarist began to become less reliable for performances. Sometimes, he would arrive after the show had started and set up on stage as the audience watched. It was embarrassing. Therefore, Jr Wolf continued to play live music around Harrisburg and Central PA during 2015 often as a three piece or with a guest lead guitarist.
It is not clear exactly what happened to the group’s bassist that summer. He disappeared sometime in early August. This is his last known photo with the band.
New job prospects paired with the stress of loss and the hardships of rebuilding the group influenced the drummer’s decision to leave in September. Jason found it to be one of the hardest times in his life, feeling depressed and at a loss for the last three years of work. He had the help of a few friends to play remaining shows on the schedule for the month of October, but did not schedule any further events.
Just Like Starting Over
Jason pulled himself together and went back to square one. He met with many amateur musicians over the next 8 months in hopes of reforming the band. It wasn’t until June of 2016 that he found a professional drummer in TJ Cole. They performed with a stand-in bassist around Harrisburg in July and August and were well received.
Around the same time, Jason heard of a soon to be bride who was in need of wedding entertainment. He invested in a laptop and professional DJ controller and worked ceaselessly to master the equipment. His experience with setlist design and event planning helped to make the reception a huge success. The happy couple encouraged him to become a mobile DJ.
Jason continued to study mobile entertainment while working with TJ throughout the fall to rebuild Jr Wolf. In November, Matt Edwards got in contact with Jason. He had played drums on the song ‘Flash’, which was on the Jr Wolf debut album, and was reaching out just to say hello. When he learned that Jr Wolf needed a bassist, he asked for an audition. He did well and was invited on board.
Jason, TJ, and Matt began to rehearse the existing original songs, continually refine their catalogue of cover songs, and develop new Jr Wolf material. In the spring of 2017, the trio resumed playing live shows as Jr Wolf. The group scheduled for over 30 appearances through the fall of 2017. They were a repeat feature on ABC 27 and as pre-game entertainment for the Harrisburg Senators. The group expanded their territory into Maryland and Delaware and continued reaching new fans.
Jason also provided DJ services at several weddings over the summer and continues to hone his skills on the turntables as well, with several more DJ engagements scheduled into July of 2018. The rest of the band will be joining him in the studio in early 2018 to record Jr Wolf’s sophomore album effort. With a hopeful release date in the fall of 2018, the band will be promoting and playing heavily throughout the spring and summer.
But Wait! There’s More!
Jr Wolf often performs as a full band.
We also offer an acoustic solo/duo, DJ/MC services, personalized songs, and event design.
Dates usually fill up quickly and are often booked three months to a year in advance.