"I really wanted to be a songwriter, not
a performer," he said. "By the time I discovered I wasn't very good at
either, it was too late. I was already making a living doing it. I
remember telling my dad that instead of working with my hands, I wanted
to live by my wits. He said that would be wonderful but I should expect
to live on half-pay. It was either his way of calling me a half-wit or
preparing me for the reality of life as a musician."
Dennis' roots in North Florida and rural South Georgia
are always close to the surface. "If I seem a little rough around the
edges," he says, "it's just that those Okeefeenokee Swamp roots are
always sticking out and knocking into things. I may not live in the
country anymore but I still have plenty of country in me. It shows in the
music, too. If I played Beethoven's Fifth Symphony it would sound just a
little bit country. It's in my blood and I can't help it."
He comes from a religious family that enjoys laughter
and music like other families enjoy money. "It's a good thing, too," he
says, "because we never had much money but we were rich in music and
laughter. My sisters and their children are all gospel singers and I'm
ashamed to sing in the same room with them. Those people really know how
Where does the penchant for storytelling and jokes
come from? "My mother had a funny story to illustrate any situation,"
Dennis says. "Her uncle was a consistent winner of Liar's Contests in
South Georgia around the Okeefeenokee Swamp area. I guess you could say
that lying and storytelling are part of my heritage. Put those two
together and you have the Woofers column."
Dennis met Dulce Vasquez as she was preparing to leave
the island and return to Mexico where she had worked in Acapulco. They
were married in a beachside ceremony at the Holiday Hotel with Charlie
Worth- ington acting as best man. "A couple of years ago Dennis Jr. was
looking through the wedding pictures and he saw a picture of Dulce,
Charlie and I," Dennis said. "He asked his mom if she had married both of
us. She told him that she had only married me and that Charlie was the
best man. Dennisito thought about that for a while and then asked, ŽIs
Charlie still the best man?' Dulce said, ŽProbably."
Before the wedding ceremony, Melody, who was four
years old at the time, invited everyone she knew to the wedding. "My mom
and I are getting married to Dennis," she told them.
Melody and Dennisito have two older sisters in the
United States. Nikki is a schoolteacher and Michelle is a restaurant
manager. Neither of them work as musicians, although Nikki has played
guitar in a band and Michelle can sing.
As for hobbies and outside interests, he spends a lot
of his spare time drinking coffee and talking to people but he always
carries a notebook and pen. "I carry it just in case I have a thought,"
he said. "I had one back in 1995 and I wrote it down. Since then I've had
several others and now I have all five of my thoughts written out for
posterity." In reality, he is always writing a book. He has two
manuscripts in his computer. One is a non-fiction book about life as a
club musician and the other is a mystery/suspense novel set in San
"My priority after music has always been writing," he
said. "Now that I have two manuscripts written, it is time to try to sell
them and I plan to work at selling them this year. Unfortunately, I am
notoriously non-ambitious. As a matter of fact, I have already picked out
the epitaph for my tombstone. I got it from my report cards when I was in
school." He wants it to say, "He had a lot of potential."
Son, brother, husband, father, musician and jokester.
All of these make up Dennis Wolfe - keeping us entertained in Our