In honor of Wolf’s birthday, we’ve posted a new
video by New York City friend and fellow Wolf fan Tomás
Doncker. Besides being a great musician, Tomás is
the musical director for the N.Y.C. SummerStage Premiere of Mando Alvarado’s
Love,” which uses songs made famous by Howlin’ Wolf.
Note: This play contains strong language and music!
If you’re in N.Y.C. this summer, it's the play to see!
Tomás and his band have
released an EP in honor of the Wolf, featuring four classic Wolf tunes plus
one written by Tomás and Pulitzer prize winning poet
Yusef Komunyakaa and one written by Tomás and
his stellar harp player, David Barnes. All of these songs are featured in “Diablo
Love.” Here are Tomás and his band in action performing the immortal Howlin’ Wolf and Willie
Dixon tune “Spoonful”:
More than 35 years ago, Howlin’ Wolf predicted the first black President:
“You know, they called us ‘coons’—said we didn’t have no
sense. You gonna wake up one morning, and a coon’s gonna be the President.”
—“Coon on the Moon” from The Back Door Wolf, recorded in 1973
looking for unpublished photos, unseen or unheard film, video, and sound
clips, and first-person stories of and about Howlin’ Wolf!
If you have any of these or know someone else who does, please contact
Mark Hoffman. Thanks!