The Tennessee Werewolves are a classic country band taking on the new country scene by storm.
Angel Mary, lead singer and guitar player has all the sex appeal of Kacey Musgraves, Shania Twain, and Gretchen Wilson combined and has the star power that garners the bands attention.
“We have always grown up playing together, but had all done our own separate music projects…It finally came to a point when I was acting a lot (movies, television, school) and my mom said she missed me doing country music, so I started writing again and asked my brother and dad if they would be in a band with me and we just dove into it and started creating music for The Tennessee Werewolves.”
It was the first time in all of our lives where the response was tremendous to the project and we were actually gaining success fast.”
It’s the boys of the band though,her brother Christian on drums, and dad Antoine on bassthat keep it all together.
Angel Mary response to working with her dad and brother “It’s great ‘cause I’ve always been my dad’s shadow and my brother is my best friend.”
Deciding who is the true leader of this pack though, whether it’s mega hot dad Antoine, or foxy Mama, Honey Wolf who manages the band behind the scenes and holds everything on the road and at home, or Angel Mary herself perhaps isn’t as important as the big things happening for this family band.
“Today’s a little off day for me. A work day is hurry up and wait. Hurry up to bus call, wait to get one, there’s this whole buildup the entire day” says Christian, while sipping Nashville made Pickers vodka and ginger ale by the pool, a nice break from their busy family life of making music, touring, and filming their very vintage country film themed music videos.
On being a “family band” Christian says “I just think the most successful bands have this kind of natural chemistry. There’s this natural connection; we can read other’s minds.”
He says their attack is “No retreat. No surrender, we have each other’s backs.”
Dad Antoine agrees saying that “Being a family, our performance and everything is very smooth and
Angel Mary has her brother and dad to look out for her. Antoine says “If there is ever a creeper, we
know how to take care of them.”
And although I imagine the siblings possibly having a row or two on the bus or squabbling over the latest designer Darren Simonian (he designs jewelry for The Hollywood Vampires too) or King Baby wolf belt buckle, these pups seem to just love each other and performing together, no drama, just a loving family making great country music.
Clad in “Keith & Davey” duds and hearts full of werewolf lore, nods to classic country are in their blood.
Angel Mary delves deeper into the brand of their band (A family band that could make lunch out of The Partridge Family) saying “Well, I’ve always been in love with the classic monster stories, Frankenstein ect.”
“What’s cool about werewolves is that they are the only monster that is part living human. That’s why Johnny Cash’s song ‘The Beast in Me’ stuck out so much to me. I’m a huge fan of his, I’d say he’s my country hero but anyway, the song is basically a prayer to God asking the Lord to tame that other side to him, to help him to be good because it’s so easy to be bad.”
Angel Mary has no qualms about being bad, or at least looking bad to the bone, her iconic hot pants and belt buckles draw attention to her leggy bod, but as she shows in performance, it’s all about the music, and doing what she and her family love most, performing and carrying the spirit of country music alive.
It’s clear she knows her history too.
Not only is Cash’s song “The Beast in Me” a huge influence, so is the mythical classic horror films. She explains:
“The Wolfman in the old horror movies didn’t want to turn into that wolf, he almost pleaded with the
moon but it happened anyway, just like the song ‘The Beast in Me.’”
“We’re all human, we all make mistakes…we all have a wolf in us. It’s how we choose to use it.”
As for being on stage, Angel Mary says her favorite song to play live is ‘Ramblin,’ the band’s latest single. “It’s a timeless song and has so much grit and heart behind it. You can hear it in your soul.”
Antoine and Christian both dig “Amy’s Gone” a soon to be released song they have started to play on
Christian elaborates “Honestly for the longest it was a remake of “Folsom Prison Blues”. (Co-produced by John Carter Cash) It’s so up front and in your face…My new favorite song is ‘Amy’s Gone’ It has such a cool traditional feel to it.”
Antoine says of the song “Amy’s Gone” “It walks along the story of someone’s life…It gets kinda real.”
The truthfulness and honesty in their music and the personal style of Christian and the wolf family clan’s “Outlaw country and 80’s rockstar” (self proclaimed by drummer Christian) is what makes them so unique.
The band has big plans for this year Christian says “This year we are doing a lot more writing.”
He is proud of newly being endorsed by Pearl Drums (As well as Stagg Cymbals and Sela).
“I got to pick up my new set recently…I’ve been playing Pearl Drums since I was 10 years old.”
They plan to put out a new album later this year.
Not only that, The Tennessee Werewolves have performed during CMA week, they recently opened up for Florida Georgia Line and rumor has it that Billy Ray Cyrus of new comedy “Still The King” may even be produced their next record. (But it’s only a rumor, so we’ll have to wait and see.)
And no wonder, with country chops, great looks, and landing a spot in Billboard Magazine print edition, people are taking note of this pack of musicians, and their success is something the whole family can be proud of.
To see where you can catch a show, become a member of #thewolfpack, rock some gear, and listen to
all the outlaw country coming your way, you can check out www.tennesseewerewolves.com and on
their facebook and social media pages @TennesseeWerewolves.