Actual Wolf takes Grassroots Concerts stage Nov. 17


NISSWA—Actual Wolf makes his series debut in the Grassroots Concerts Series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, located next to the school in Nisswa.

Actual Wolf, also known as Eric Pollard of Grand Rapids, refers to himself as "the dude with red glasses" who blends the grit and soul of country music with the rhythm of rock and the twang of Americana.

"Listening to him is like hearing a wolf trying on a sound; a vocal chameleon, channeling Roy Orbison, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, or a nameless country singer drifting in on AM signal," said Producer-writer Aaron Brown of the Great Northern Radio Show, who introduced Actual Wolf to the Brainerd area, in a live radio broadcast with KAXE Northern Community Radio in 2012, in a news release.

Pollard was a sideman in various bands around the state, mostly notably Retribution Gospel Choir and Low, with which he has sown his wild oats. Pollard assumed his stage name after a friend suggested that, while bands with "wolf" in their title were plentiful, he was an "actual wolf," the news release stated.

He recently signed with Red House Records label with his debut, "Faded Days," which is a blend of 1970s-era Neil Young, mixed with Springsteen and The War on Drugs. Red House stated it is "stretched our boundaries on 'folk' music, but this one is well worth it."

"I'm grateful for all my friends and family, and for being in Minnesota around a supportive bunch of music listeners and musicians," Pollard stated. "There's a lot of good music happening, a lot of collaborations, good bands coming out of Minneapolis lately. So it seems like a good place to be, to make music."

He had lived in Duluth for 10 years.

Pollard stated: "At the time I had a lot to get off my chest ... I had a lot of time on my hands and was writing music around the house... I decided to finally step away from the drum set and start my own band and my own musical projects, out in front. I'd always been behind the drum kit, which was a very comfortable place for me to be, or behind the keyboard."

Grassroots Concerts is a nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code. Since 1988, it has been under the guidance of music-loving volunteers.

Concert general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

At each concert, non-perishable food and cash donations are welcomed, with donations delivered to local food shelves by Grassroots volunteers.

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