Lone Wolf James, is an original hard rocking band, with a bluesy funk edge, who just released their new CD, of the same name. In March of 2016, LWJ signed a deal with the Transit Music Group, a division of Nova Records, and are now being distributed over radio stations in the United States and abroad.
Examiner did a photo shoot with the band last month on location in rural New Hampshire and caught up with them again, at their CD release party on March 19, 2016. The band is Ron Viera on lead guitar, Jeff Holmes on bass, Brian Sachs on drums, and LWJ on lead vocals and guitar.
Over the years, LWJ has opened for national acts including Alter Bridge, Buckcherry, Cinderella, Eddie Money, John Cafferty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Fools, RATT, ZZTop and more.
We spoke with LWJ about their upcoming tour which begins next week, as they are heading down the east coast, to do a tour of the south, promoting their CD.
Amy Nachbar: It seems that you have always wanted to do this, did you start out as a front man, or do you also play other instruments besides guitar?
LoneWolf James: Actually, I started out as a drummer back in 1986, and it wasn’t until late 1989 that I began singing. I studied vocal training under the tutelage of nationally-known vocal coach Mark Baxter. His students consisted of such celebrity vocalists as Steven Tyler, Peter Wolf, and Gary Cherone. Then in 1997, I added guitar, and became a solo artist and songwriter donning the name LoneWolf James.
AN: You have had other bands and have played other styles of music, but this, is a blues/rock feel which appeals to a wide audience. The crowd at your CD release were animated and excited with every song that you guys played. Can you tell us about your new band?
LWJ: My guitarist, Ron Vieira, is a sly lead guitar player in the vein of Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, and Slash. He cut his teeth on the music scene in the cover band Warhorse before taking the lead guitar role in LWJ.
Jeff Holmes, on bass, is an old school style bass player with a thundering sound and great chops. He performed in the band American Mixer before landing the job as LWJ’s bassist in 2015.
Brian Sachs, our drummer, was the engineer and producer of the latest LWJ album. He eventually took on the position of the bands hard hitting drummer. His drumming is a great addition, the cannon like drums add a huge sound to the band. To the rock world he is known as THOR.
The four of us are like family. We have a great tight band and are hoping that the world will know that very soon.
AN: You’ve shared the stage with many famous bands, are there things that you have learned and from whom?
LWJ: You learn just watching pros like Lynyrd Skynyrd and so many of the others. Also, there’s stage etiquette. When you are the opening band, the head liner already has their equipment on the stage. It often times doesn’t leave a whole lot of room for us to move and play because we have to set up in front of their equipment. But, we’ve never had a problem and we have enjoyed hanging around with Tom Keifer of Cinderella, and the guys in Alter Bridge. Every other band has been great to us.
Here are some photos of the band on location in New Hampshire.