Ho-Ho-Kus N.J.


A friend who worked as a concert promoter put Titus Wolfe in touch with David J. Keyes, the bassist for the legendary Willy DeVille. Titus sent the New Jersey-based musician his acoustic version of DeVille’s classic “Heaven Stood Still”. Keyes really liked the intensity of the recording and wanted to hear more. This marked the beginning of a regular and personal dialogue between the two artists. Keyes gathered together members of the Mink DeVille Band, Kenny Margolis and Boris Kinberg, and then called his friend, music producer Tom Merlynn, at his studio in Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey. The recording dates were set.

The chemistry between the musicians and the producer was perfect right from the get-go and within a few days they recorded all of the basic tracks in ‘open room’ studio sessions. During the recording sessions Joe Lynn Turner, best known for his work with Rainbow and Deep Purple, dropped by Merlynn’s studio. He liked what he was hearing so much that he spontaneously sang a duet with Titus on the Little Feat classic, “Willin'”. Over the course of the next two weeks, additional parts were added by studio musicians from New York and the album was mixed at TKL studios by Tom Merlynn.

“Ho-Ho-Kus N.J.” is the resulting solo album presented by Titus Wolfe. In addition to Wolfe’s original songs, the album features the Titus Wolfe version of the Little Feat classic “Willin” with Joe Lynn Turner and also of course two Willy DeVille covers.