U.K. IDOL: In the era of “American Idol,” it’s easy to be skeptical of a vocalist like Slayer and Hatebreed beginning Oct. 12 in St. Louis. The jaunt will wrap Nov. 29 in Los Angeles. Arch Enemy is currently in the midst of a European tour.
COUNTRY BUSINESS: Country newcomer Brad Wolf dubbed his debut single “Strictly Business,” and he wasn’t joking. Hailing from a musical family that includes Fiddlin’ John Carson and dancehall promoter Dee Carson, Wolf has made a serious study of his favorite sounds.
Wolf, who’s been slinging his guitar around Nashville for the past few years, has said in interviews that his family forced him to listen to country-swing legend Bob Wills, and taught Wolf the chords behind every song he enjoyed. Now at the age of 28, Wolf is set to show the world what he has learned, and will release his self-titled debut on Warner Bros. Nashville this fall.
The 10-song effort, a country-bred rock ‘n’ roll album written entirely by Wolf, is being preceded with the anthemic “Strictly Business.” The song debuted two weeks ago at No. 58 on Billboard’s Hot Country Singles & Tracks roundup. Last week, the cut was still hanging around at No. 59.
A release date for his album has not yet been set, but a retail single of “Strictly Business,” with the slower “A Good Woman is Hard to Find,” will hit store shelves Sept. 30.