by Ryan Wasoba
On Tuesday, RFT Music posted a list of the best and worst band names at this year's South By Southwest. The Ghost Wolves was deemed the sixth worst name, leading the Austin, Texas duo to send this email in response:
"Just fyi - our name isn't "trendy" ... we actually travel with a 125 pound arctic wolf hybrid and raise wolf hybrids on our Texas ranch. Been at it for 30 years. And one night, we saw the ghost of one our dead wolves on our land. So we named our band The Ghost Wolves.
Sure, lots of bands have "Wolves" in their name. But do any of them actually tour with one?
Would appreciate if you'd move us to the "best" list. And here's a music video if you're interested in actually listening to a band before you say bad things about them.
Thanks, Jonny The Ghost Wolves"
Naturally, we were intrigued. After investigating, it turns out Jonny's speaking the truth. According to the band's Facebook page and backed up by this article in The Austin American-Statesman, guitarist and singer Carley Wolf raises wolf hybrids at her family farm. The group actually does tour with Winter, a beautiful white part-wolf dog, who apparently guards the merch table. Furthermore, the band is named after literally seeing the ghost of a wolf - which furthers our claim that "the concept of a ghost wolf is actually kind of awesome."
So The Ghost Wolves has wolf credibility. Is it still a bad band name? Yes. But maybe not one of the worst.