When it comes to the love of music, Wolf Mail is an artist who does not compromise, and it has paid off. The original guitarist/singer and songwriter has managed to build a strong international fan base through 20 years of constant touring and the regular delivery of stellar recordings. The release of his “Live Blues in Red Square” from Moscow, Russia and his classic song “Hello” climbing the Top 10 Japanese chart are examples of that.
From Elmore James to John Lee Hooker, his passion for raw deep blues with a mix of contemporary soul has spawned a very charismatic and distinctive artist. Tom Bramson of Blues Rockers magazine describes it "thus Mail's guitar work bears the unmistakable marks of SRV/Hendrix/Clapton influences. However, I pay him the ultimate compliment by saying that, though he has obviously been influenced by the normal guitar gods, he bears a striking resemblance to none of them, as his sound is strictly Wolf Mail.”
Wolf Mail is known almost as much for his singing as his sublime guitar playing. The Australian Southern Star Newspaper wrote, “The man has a voice that will raise chicken skin down your back”.
Born in Montreal, Canada and raised in the South of France and California, Wolf Mail grew up as a travelling nomad. He picked up the guitar at the age of 10, listening to Elmore James and John Lee Hooker records. He did his first gig at 14 and ran away from home at 17 to tour with his own band. At age 19 with a few hundred dollars in his pocket and a one-way ticket from New-York to L.A, he relocated to California.
He spent the next 10 years, grinding down his chops and paying dues in all the joints that would let him play or not, sometimes jumping onstage impromptu to jam with other artists, travelling up and down California and around 30 other states.
Wolf Mail’s first break came when he was asked to tour Europe and to support Robben Ford. A string of European tour dates followed and the word quickly spread out about this new outstanding talented artist. Requests started to come from Japan, then Australia, Russia, Scandinavia and many places. The rest, as they say, is history.
Wolf Mail now measures among the top of a new generation of blues rock guitarists in the world today. He’s a passionate and mesmerizing player, or, as Tony Jaggers puts it "Words simply cannot describe the intensity and clarity that comes out of this man's guitar”.
Wolf has created a very clean, powerful and yet intense guitar style. The London times recalls "Wringing emotions out of every note and making each one counts”. Guitar Player Japan describes him as “The new master of the Telecaster”. But the Moscow Times probably summed it all best when they declared “ Wolf Mail is a full-on Blues gypsy wizard ”.