Livermore Singer Shines on "American Idol"

Catch Jason "Wolf" Hamlin's act on Monday at downtown Livermore's First Street Alehouse.

Jason “Wolf” Hamlin might have gotten a golden ticket to Hollywood, but he hasn’t given up his day job.

Hamlin went viral after a show-stopping audition during American Idol's San Diego stop, his story plastered from the L.A. Times to New York’s Newsday after he closed out the auditions with not one but two tunes — because judge Steven Tyler wanted to hear more.

But this week he was working his 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. shift at in the maintenance department. The shop was featured on Sunday’s show.

“We knew he was going down to audition last summer, but we knew he must have impressed them when the film crew came here in October to film the behind-the-scenes,” says Poppy Ridge Tournament Director Nick Abbott.

And he confirms that all the women at the golf course got excited about getting a chance to see Ryan Seacrest — while the guys were hoping for a Jennifer Lopez appearance. Sadly, neither came to town for the behind-the-scenes tapings.

But that didn’t stop Hamlin from letting Seacrest know on the show how much they wanted to meet him — and give him a kiss for them. Even though he said he wouldn’t, the playful Hamlin planted one on Seacrest’s cheek.

“He’s a character,” Abbott says.

Abbott said the day after the show aired, Hamlin was getting coffee at the local AM/PM when someone asked him if he was the guy from “American Idol.” After confirming, he asked Hamlin to pose for a picture with him. He gladly complied.

“Wolf’s just a really nice guy,” Abbott says. “We all fully support him. We’d hate to lose him but he’s living his dream.”

The 2005 graduate of Eudora High School in Kansas talked on the show about what an inspiration his father, Scot, was to him. Guitar-maker Scot Hamlin was just 49 when he passed away in his sleep on Feb. 1, 2010.  

But these days he calls Livermore home, and even shops in the downtown guitar shop on First Street.

Hamlin has worked at Poppy Ridge for more than a year, and Abbott said he likes Hamlin’s musical style. He says Hamlin has performed locally at the in downtown Livermore. That’s also the spot where the film crew took shots of him playing when they were here last October.

If you missed Hamlin’s Wild Vine performances — or want more — you can see him perform at 8:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at the First Street Alehouse.

His girlfriend’s sister works as a waitress at First Street Alehouse and the couple are regular costumers. Hamlin asked if he could play at the restaurant and the offer was quickly accepted. If his rockin’ outlaw country audition is any indication, the audience is in for a treat.

“You don’t expect a young guy like him to be into the old country guys like Johnny Cash, but I think he’s going to revive that music,” Abbott predicts. "Someone from called and was looking for him. I think they want to book him before his rates go up."

You can purchase Hamlin's music on iTunes.

The Hollywood Rounds begin at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 on Fox, with all semifinalists revealed on Feb. 23. Viewer voting begins on Feb. 28.

Liz Xavier January 26, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Good Luck Jason!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Valuegal January 26, 2012 at 04:06 PM
How nice to hear about this. Good luck to the home team, we wish you all the best.
JB January 26, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Love his story so far. Will be watching you Jason
Eduard Jooste January 26, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Good Luck Jason. This is yet another Bay Area local that shines on the talent show. Good choice on CCR. Keep our greens green and camera's rolling!
Dodge This! January 26, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Small world... he and Lindsey live right around the corner from us, and unfortunately we have never had the pleasure to meet him in person, but always heard him on his loud bike riding by, lol... We would see him now and then sitting out front of his girlfriends place playing and practicing on his guitar. >>> So... that's awesome and good for him, we loved seeing Lindsey right by his side on the Video looking so happy! We first got to hear him play at Ginger's service last June and {there again did not get to meet him} and we were all impressed and moved by his song! We are so happy that he is going after his dream and I'm sure your Father would be very proud of you! So we wish you all of God's blessings to succeed and will be praying for your win! P.S... if your reading this, we live across the street from Colton. :)
abc music January 27, 2012 at 01:23 AM
ABC Music couldn't be happier to see some Livermore on American Idol!
AnnF January 27, 2012 at 03:32 AM
ABC Music ... Book him at the Bankhead....It will also build his support.
Kelly McFarland January 27, 2012 at 06:47 AM
Wolf is indeed playing at the Winemaker's Pour House on Sunday 2/26 from 5-7pm. We are very excited to have him, yes, while we can still afford him! ;)
Mark Tarte January 28, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Jason, good luck!
Bret Livermore December 29, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Call anyone that you know in Miami, Florida , and ask them if they've heard Joe Livermore sing. See what happens.


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