Fred Hostetler


About the single 'Taming the Wolf'

About Taming the Wolf

I loved the blues since listening to the 50,000 watt clear channel giant WLAC- Nashville, Tennessee. WLAC would announce itself as "the nighttime station for half the nation" and woke me up to what was about to happen, the emergence of the Rock n' Roll era. I was a young boy, who knew nothing about what 'Silky Straight' meant and was clueless about Royal Crown hairdressing and pomade. These products sponsored regular blues hours: Randy's Record Mart with "the Hossman" and Ernie's Record Mart with John R. At night after going to bed, I would put my ear up to the old wooden box radio so my parents wouldn't know I was listening to the likes of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, and other 'race music'. It was fascinating stuff that bent my mind. I had never heard such emotion and feeling in the singing and playing. The earthy lyrics were colorful, catchy, and strange; they described a life of which I was totally unaware. According to Wikipedia, radio historians say that although the music was intended for the Deep South, a few white teenagers were also attracted to the music. Though not near my teen years, I was one of them.

Not long after that I found my father's old Stella guitar in the attic, picked it up and began to play. I'm still playing and enjoying. Blues is heart and soul. It has powered my musical sojourn. It keeps on giving pleasure and sustenance. The song 'Taming the Wolf' which I just recorded is biographical in nature. I wrote it as my personal struggle of self-discovery. Now as the #metoo movement has unfolded I find it startling relevant. At the end of the song I sing, "The wolfman cried for the love of women, I'm crying out for what the soul is giving." So not only let there be respect and love for women but between all genders, castes, creeds and human beings. Let us all live seeking unity in the diversity in the oneness that we are.

                Fred Hostetler

                1 June 2019

The Unbroken Circle




 Steve Martin reflects: Fred Hostetler – Blues Tribute and Heart Radio CD release, October 6, 2017

In some ways we opened Ignition Music in the wrong era, a record store that also doubles as a venue and radio station. It would have been fantastic to have this in place when Fred and his musical friends were first playing the blues in 1967. To be able to host Fred & Friends for the release of his new album 'Heart Radio' was the completion of a 50 year cycle. I am inspired that an artist can create great songs at any stage of life.

Steve Martin - Ignition Music Garage, Goshen, IN Ignition Music Garage was recognized in 2014 as one of the Top Ten Favorite Venues in the United States by the Americana Music Association. He hosts a weekly radio show on WGCS 91.1, the Globe.

 When I walked into Ignition Music Garage for the first time, I was wonderstruck! I thought, "Am I time traveling or what? The heart and soul of rock n' roll is here in my own hometown! What a terrific venue." Nostalgia stopped me in my tracks and I just gazed at the surroundings and felt the 'music' of the place. Staring down at me from its hallowed walls were the greats, the legends who had filled life with a momentum that powered generations. Racks of vintage vinyl filled the floor and overflowed to the brick walls as did the spirit of those writers, musicians, and artists who made them. A massive collective energy of creativity was honored and immortalized here.

Smiling in admiration I whispered to myself, "This is a museum of the music and artists that have propelled me on a long hard journey through life." As Paul McCartney sang 'the long and winding road that leads to your door', my road had come full circle back to my beginnings. But vive la difference! How can it be? As Steve Martin noted in his reflection on old timers filling up the place on Oct 6, 2017, it is the completion of a 50 year cycle. The sold out crowd that night left me in awe. Trying to understand the power of music is like trying to understand God. It just must be experienced.

And so it was that I walked into Ignition Music Garage. At long last there is a real club size venue in Goshen to experience everything from national acts to the local music scene and community special events as well. May support for live music be ever increasing, flourish and prosper.

A Night to Remember at BB King's

B.B. King's Blues Club - City Walk Universal City, Hollywood, CA (around 1995)

This is a premier venue for live music and at the time it was doing well. Blue By Nature was given one day a month. The band considered it an honor...

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