Afton Wolfe w/ Kevin Daniel [Small Room-Downstairs]
Afton Wolfe is Mississippi. Born in McComb, and growing up in Meridian, Hattiesburg, and Greenville, Mississippi, the roots of American music are in his 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. Additionally, he spent his musically formative years in and around New Orleans, where the humidity of the Mississippi combined with the Cajun seasonings, the jazz, zydeco, creole, and gospel music and his Mississippi roots coalesce to add resonance and depth to his blues/country/rock influences.
Afton’s first band experience was back in the late 90s with Hattiesburg post-alternative pop outfit Red Velvet Couch (1998 to 1999) where he developed his stage presence and also was able to release his first album and learn a bit. After that, Afton came back strong with the avant-garde, instrumentally diverse Dollar Book Floyd (2001 to 2002), and released a the powerful album, Red and White. During this period Afton began to naturally incorporate country music and Delta blues into his musical playbook. After the Dollar Book Floyd project ended, Afton moved to Nashville and formed The Relief Effort, an indie rock outfit, with whom he recorded two more records (2004-2005).
After a hiatus from performing and recording, Afton composed and recorded all of the songs contained in Petronius’ Last Meal. Alcohol, academia, the quest for a better mix and a perfect album cover, and a voyage across the country to live in Washington for a few years kept this project on hold for over a decade. Finally, after a dozen or so years, the project was released in the Summer of 2020. Dark, tense, and moody was the flavor of the 2020, and the EP along with its two singles “Slingshots” and “Interrogations” fit the season too perfectly.
On the heels of his 2020 debut EP, Petronius’ Last Meal, the new, full-length record, Kings For Sale defies genres while being consistently personal and distinctly Afton. Expanding on the sonic alchemy of unconventional instrumentation and Afton’s distinct voice, KINGS FOR SALE was produced by Grammy winner Oz Fritz and features appearances by a long list of amazing musicians, including (but not limited to) Cary Hudson, Ben Babylon, Ditch Kurtz, Laura Rabell, Rebecca Weiner Tompkins, Daniel Seymour, Kristen Englenz, Blaise Hearn, Tommy Stangroom and Seth Fox.