Hometown: Pacifica, California
What would you like us to be for you? We are five performing songwriters who can do it as well together as we can alone and have been offering up live and recorded independent acoustic music for a fraction of two millennia. We are a true music co-op and we like each other too! The San Jose Mercury called Blah Blah Woof Woof a "Folk Supergroup" and we play to sell out crowds when ever we play together.
Jay Howlett is an award winning singer/songwriter with a powerful baritone voice and talent for storytelling. An accomplished performer with a degree in theatre, Jay writes simple honest songs about life in and around America and the experiences that bring us together and tear us apart. You could call him a troubadour; a storyteller or a performing songwriter, what ever he is Jay continuously engages his audiences.
Jay’s been invited to play at folk festivals from Sisters, Oregon to Oakland Park, Florida from Park City, Utah to Kerrville, TX. Always in the middle of confusion and controversy, Jay has played at two clothing optional resorts where he did not remove any clothing (while performing anyhow).
Tom Semioli of Minor 7th Webzine says: “With lyrics made all the more powerful by rootsy, spare arrangements, Howlett's collection is essential listening for fans of Bruce Cockburn, John Prine, Louden Wainwright III and solo Bruce Springsteen.”
Jay is an endorsing artist, a dealer, and an authority on Breedlove guitars.
Blah Blah Woof Woof Recording artist Steve Kritzer is a man of many Musics. Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, producer, studio musician and band member, Steve Kritzer wears many 'hats', and wears them well, making him one of the true rising stars in the Folk and acoustic music world. An award winning songwriter (finalist at the Kerrville and Napa Valley Folk festivals), Steve is a regular mainstage performer at the Cork and Belfast Folk Festivals in Ireland, the Bluebird Cafe' in Nashville, Tennessee, the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas, and many points in between. Steve is gaining fans worldwide for his incredibly polished yet personal performances, fiery instrumental work, and award winning 'touch your heart' songs.
A man of many musics, Kritzer is as comfortable with Celtic and bluegrass music as he is with traditional folk, country, rock, and big band swing, blending these influences with his own ideas and amazingly diverse musical talents.
"His hands are around his guitar and his arms are around his audience"
Radio KEEN's Lynn Scheinberg.
During any set, either with his top-notch band, or solo, Kritzer's hands are likely to play just about every instrument imaginable. He is equally at home on guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle or piano, and his warm evocative voice has been compared to Gordon Lightfoot, Don Maclean, even Lyle Lovett, yet is uniquely his own.
Kritzer's intimate style is rooted in the West Coast coffeehouses of the sixties, where he began his career as a teen. After earning a degree in Psychology, Kritzer and his sister began performing as a duo, later to form the innovative, critically acclaimed bluegrass/country band Succotash. After disbanding, he spent a year touring the folk clubs and festivals of Europe, then returned to form Swallowtail, which toured worldwide for seven years. The band overlapped with a new project with the late Gary Dunn, forming one of the hottest finger-picking duos on the West Coast.
"He simply knows a million songs and performs them flawlessly"
Los Gatos Times
Steve now divides his time between Nashville and California, honing his performing skills, writing with some of Nashville's best writers, and putting his vast instrumental and production skills to use on numerous recording projects for others. As well as his own record label Swallowtail Music. He is also gaining a new legion of fans with his 'Young At Heart' shows for the elderly.
His first two CD's October Nights and Dreams Crossing continue to do well, as well as his latest release 'Keeper of the Stones', and are getting airplay worldwide. His critically acclaimed Mandolin Christmas CD is fast becoming a holiday favorite, and his new 'live' CD Keeper Of The Stones is quickly gathering rave reviews, all of which demonstrate the warmth and easy sophistication born from years of hard work and a singular dedication to music. CD's are available online!
In groups, and as a solo performer, Chuck McCabe has played in Disneyland's Golden Horseshoe Saloon, Nashville's Bluebird Cafe, L.A.'s Troubador and Ice House, toured Viet Nam, Thailand, Japan and the Philippines for the USO.
In 20 years on the road, he played more summers on Cape Cod, winters in Vail, Steamboat Springs, and Bear Valley than he can remember... more coffee houses, ginmills, Holiday Inns and Ramadas than he'd care to admit.
An award-winning songwriter (American Song Festival, Music City Songfest, Sisters Folk Fest , Napa Valley Music Festival, Tucson Folk Festival, Wildflower Festival, and the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition), he has to his credit numerous independent releases (he will soon release his third self-produced CD on the BlahBlahWoofWoof label).
He has also recorded his songs on the ABC, Capitol and GRT labels in L.A. and Nashville, and was a staff writer for ABC. He wrote the Pet Rock song with the Rock's inventor, and was supposed to get rich... all he got was a big phone bill.
His first book was published in 1993, and sold not only to musicians and songwriters, but to countless colleges and county libraries across the country, following a buy-recommendation by the American Library Association.
He performs some 100 shows a year at rest homes, convalescent hospitals and senior living facilities for the non-profit Young at Heart Project, featuring vintage American music from the 1930's and 40's. In addition to his work as a solo performer, he currently plays bass in an Irish group, lead guitar in an oldies band, and 5-string banjo with some folkies. He is working on a second book, and runs a popular workshop for the West Coast Songwriters organization.
Despite numerous close-calls, he has managed to elude both fame and fortune.
Megan McLaughlin was inspired to play guitar by a Bruce Cockburn song and started writing songs in her teens. After honing her skills as a street performer in Paris she moved to California, where she studied guitar with Nina Gerber and developed an innovative guitar style. Of her 1996 debut CD, Noisy World, Victory Review writes:
McLaughlin's vocals are sweet and clear with a touch of vulnerability and gentle soulfulness. Finely arranged percussion, bass, background vocals and occasional electric guitar give the material an appealing full-band sound. Especially evocative is her song, Paris, inspired by memories of her year in that city.
2001 brings the release of Earth and Sky, on Blahblahwoofwoof Records, including full-band production by Keith Greeninger, and acoustic tracks featuring Joe Craven, produced by Mark Lemaire. The songs draw on the themes of loss and rebirth, forgiveness and redemption, and range from groove-oriented rock to poignant ballads. In Expecting to Fly Megan asks a friend who died in a motorcycle crash What were you trying to prove that night racing across the desert utill dawn...Washing your face in the wind and the rain, riding with no helmet on ?
A little girl at play is the inspiration for In the Evening. A single mother sings a lullaby to her baby in the back seat in My Little One. Supporting cast includes Keith Greeninger, Dayan Kai, Jamie Byrd, Anne Weiss, Alice Dimicele, Dave Nachmanoff, Dennis Murphy, Jimmy Norris, and Tim Prince. Megan has shared the stage with Cheryl Wheeler, Darryl Purpose, Michael McNevin, Steve Seskin, and Annie Wenz. In her live performances, Megan develops a close rapport with her listeners by introducing many of her songs with personal anecdotes, creating an atmosphere of relaxed intimacy, and allowing the listener to become an active participant in the musical experience.
Rolfe Wyer is a co-founder of Blah Blah Woof Woof but don’t let that fool you. While lately being seen as Blah Blah Woof Woof’s bass player, Rolfe has been a performing songwriter for many years, with major label releases haunting his past. Come see one of his few solo performances. He has been a staff music writer and has written songs and composed music for NBC, ABC, and CBS Movies Of The Week, Cagney and Lacey, The Lottery, Fortune Dane, The Smithsonian, San Francisco 49ers Player Intro Theme, The Brady Bunch Sequel, and The East-West Shrine Game Theme.