Henry Wolfe has musical genes. His grandfather was a songwriter and his uncle is a blues guitarist.
Then there's his mother, Meryl Streep, who sings, dances and wins Academy Awards.
Though Wolfe has done a little acting, it's music that fills his soul. He'll bring his musical sound to the Tri-Cities on April 30 for a gig at The Stove Top -- a new establishment for nightly music at 2215 W. Sixth Ave., Kennewick.
Showtime is 7 p.m. Cost is $6 in advance at www.brownpapertickets.com or $8 on the day of the show.
Though it's difficult to categorize Wolfe's music, Davey Ingersoll with The Red Room describes it this way: "Henry does guitar-driven folk/blues/jazz with big pop sensibilities."
Wolfe, 32, doesn't disagree with that description, but he likes it better that people don't quite know how to describe his sound.
"My songs are about situations anyone can relate to," Wolfe said in a phone interview with the Herald. "My music is difficult to label, and it's also not geared to be played in a stadium in front of thousands of people. I really like smaller clubs."
This will be Wolfe's first trip to Eastern Washington, and he's looking forward to it.
"I haven't been to your neck of the woods yet, and I always like visiting new places," he said.
His latest album, Linda Vista, is a compilation of songs he's written that were inspired by his life changes and experiences, both good and bad.
"I've had my share of heartache just like a lot of people," he said. Some of his songs on the album were also inspired when he bummed around Europe by himself for a few weeks after high school.
"Some of my music does come from that experience," Wolfe said. "Croatia was very cool. I'd like to go back there someday and perform."
Henry Wolfe Gummer was raised in New York but headed for Los Angeles in 2007 to pursue his music career.
"For me, L.A. was the place to be for a musician," he said. "I did some acting in college and was in a few small films. I like acting. Two of my sisters are actors, and I would like to do more, but I love the music too."
One of his songs on the Linda Vista album, Stop the Train, was featured in the 2009 film Julie & Julia, which starred his mother, whose portrayal of Julia Child earned her an Academy Award nomination.
A self-described laid-back single guy, Wolfe says when the next film opportunity comes his way he'll seize it.
But in the meantime, he's content to stay settled in Los Angeles and continue writing songs people can relate to. And, if that means having his heart break again, well, that's the life of songwriter.
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