This show is part of the Outpost New Voices Series
Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes sing the music of, by, and for outcasts and outliers.
When Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes take the stage, they’re not just playing a show. Their vibe is party, reunion, and catharsis in one – the energy of their tunes is hard to miss, but each song carries the weight of humanity’s dark corners. Taking inspiration from past and present - artists like The Limeliters, The Band, and The Byrds, and more recent flag-bearers like R.E.M., The Decemberists, and Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes take a folk rock canvas and weave in big helpings of Broadway, Jazz, Blues, and Country, giving them a sound both familiar and unique, distinctly American and part of a broader world.
The Alternate Root Magazine calls them “...an Indie Folk music that could work on street corners or big stages.” While the band loves the circus they bring to festivals, visitors to their house concerts and listening rooms soon realize that their intensity works in smaller settings too. As John Platt of WFUV said, they’re “...a talent-laden band. They're equally comfortable going electric or acoustic.” And it’s just not a Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes show until the good-natured ribbing starts. The band thrives on it, and loves the connection such intimate shows bring with an audience. A Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes show is an exercise in the unexpected. As No Depression said, “…Wolfson will not only defy the norm, but all expectations as well.” Their mix of talent and wit has brought acclaim as Most Wanted Artists in the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Formal Showcase Artists at NERFA and frequent performers at The Philadelphia Folk Festival. With two previous airplay-charting albums, they are getting ready to release their most ambitious and expansive studio work yet.
Called the ‘perfectly cool combo of Lucinda Williams meets Patti Smith,’ Emily Duff’s street-smart poetry and vocal style conjure moods & images that seduce the listener to explore emotional vistas that entice and beguile. Her small batch brand of SWEET & SOUR ROCK AND ROLL WITH A GREAT BIG HIT OF COUNTRY SOUL digs deep, weaving a patchwork of sin, tragedy, romance and regret that lies at your feet begging to be mended.
A prolific songwriter and humble servant of song, Emily was born in Flushing Queens, NY and raised by a pack of cigarettes. Her Mama taught her 4 perfect chords and then ran off, leaving Emily to figure the rest out on her own. With a deep love for guitars, Chuck Berry & The Staple Singers (and enough energy to level a small country), Emily carved a path straight to CBGBs and never looked back.
Emily replaced Jeff Buckley as lead singer for Gary Lucas’ Gods & Monsters and had the honor of opening for Bob Dylan & Paul Simon at Jones Beach Amphitheater with her band, Eudora. After a hiatus to “get straight,” get happy and raise some pretty cute kids, Emily released her debut solo record, “GO TELL YOUR FRIENDS,” Produced by Craig Bishop at NY Noise (Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Michelle Branch). Emily followed that up with “MAYBE IN THE MORNING,” recorded at FAME in Muscle Shoals, AL and produced by Craig Bishop, receiving 5 stars in Country Music Magazine (UK).
“One part Patti Smith, one part Muscle Shoals…” - Rolling Stone
"’Hallelujah Hello' is Emily’s best album to date. She reminds me of some of the great earthy, big-voiced roots singers I loved in the 1970’s— Tracy Nelson, Marcia Ball and more. She borrows from that blues and roots tradition but makes it her very own with her sensitive and personal lyrics.” - Rosanne Cash
"Extraordinary musical gifts sometimes come to us from unlikely places. Hallelujah Hello is a rich musical gift from Emily Duff that music aficionados will appreciate and enjoy..” - Elmore Magazine
2018 found Emily back in Muscle Shoals at the legendary FAME studios recording her next record, ‘HALLELUJAH HELLO,” a mixture of Gospel, Blues, Rock & Soul, this time produced by FAME’s own, John Gifford III and featuring Muscle Shoals luminaries, Will McFarlane (Bonnie Raitt) & Kelvin Holly (Little Richard) on guitars, Bob Wray (The
Highwaymen) on bass, Clayton Ivey (Fame Gang) on keyboards, Justin Holder on drums, Wayne Bridge (Flying Burrito Brothers) on dobro and pedal steel, Brad Guin on saxophone, James LeBlanc on guest vocals and The Legendary Shoals Sisters (Marie Lewey & Cindy Walker) on Background Vocals. HALLELUJAH HELLO was released on 2/22/19 to critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Americana Highways, Alternate Root Magazine, Rock On Magazine, Elmore Magazine, Blabber ’n Smoke, Country Music UK Magazine and more.
Emily has shared stages with Willie Nile, Steve Earle & Shawn Colvin, Donavon Frankenreiter, Marcia Ball, Donnie Fritts and many others. Emily’s version of Willie Nile’s “HELL YEAH” will appear on the Paradiddle Records Tribute to Willie
Nile this year, has 5 songs in the Independent feature, “Looking for the Jackalope” now available on amazon.com and has written and performed on numerous TV and radio commercials. Emily is currently writing songs with R&R Hall of Fame inductee, Ricky Byrd (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) for his Clean Getaway Project. Emily Duff lives in Manhattan’s West Village with her husband Skip, their two children and hound dog, Banjo.
“Emily Duff is a great artist! Every time I see her play live I can’t help thinking how much Keith Richards would dig it if he were there. She’s the real thing!” - Willie Nile, Singer-Songwriter
"Magnificent in its lyrical capacity, Duff flits between the swing and the honky tonk, between the rockabilly and soul, between country and rock and roll, between the solemnity of Mahalia Jackson and the mockery of the Rolling Stones of Sticky Fingers. An authentic gem.” - Rock on Magazine
“An immediate knockout. A small masterpiece.” - Americana Highways
“New Voices” presents emerging musicians to the Outpost stage, exposing audiences to exciting new or unfamiliar artists. Past artists in this series have included Anthony D’Amato, Allison Pierce, Ryley Walker, Robert Ellis, and Joe Pug.