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Eric Pollard, A/K/A Actual Wolf - photo submitted

Actual Wolf takes Grassroots Concerts stage Nov. 17

Web posted November 14, 2017
Actual Wolf makes his series debut for Grassroots Concerts in Nisswa Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Actual Wolf, aka Eric Pollard, is a native of Grand Rapids, MN. He 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.

Pollard had been a sideman in various bands around the state, mostly notably Retribution Gospel Choir and Low, with which he has sewn 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.”

He recently signed with the respectable Red House Records label. His Red House debut, “Faded Days,” is a blend of 1970s-era Neil Young, mixed with Springsteen and The War on Drugs. Red House said it “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 said.

“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,” Pollard told City Pages. He had lived in Duluth for 10 years.

“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.”

For more about Actual Wolf go to www.redhouserecords.com/artists/actual-wolf

Grassroots Concerts are staged in the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar at the Journey Church, 5459 CR 18, next to the school in Nisswa.

Grassroots Concerts is a 501c3 nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code. Since 1988, it has been under the guidance of music-loving volunteers.

Concert general admission available at the doors. Doors open at 6:30. At each concert, non-perishable food and cash donations are welcomed, with donations delivered to local food shelves by Grassroots volunteers.

For more information go to grassrootsconcerts.org or visit Grassroots Concerts on Facebook.

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