Back in January of 2012, just prior to the Tamworth Country
Music Festival, I was told about a Tasmanian band making their first trek to
the festival. Prior to their arrival, I went to iTunes and
downloaded their current self-titled EP to check out their sound.
The EP consisted of 5 tracks, and I must say, one song in
particular, “Everywhere”, remains one of my favourite songs to this day (youtube link on right). In saying that, the EP consists of two other
standout tracks, being “You Don’t Own Her” and “Drivin’ Fast, Livin’ Easy”. The band had an edgy country rock sound, with
a distinctly Aussie Pub feel …even from listening to the EP you could picture
yourself at the pub with mates listening to these guys over a couple of ales
and partying into the night. Now suitably impressed, I was looking forward to
seeing these guys play live in Tamworth.
However, the entertainment started prior to their festival
arrival…the band consisting of two brothers, Tom and Nick Wolfe (pictured right), and two of
their best mates, Brodie
Rainbird and Casey Kostiuk, had taken leave from their day jobs and
packed the car and trailer for the trek to Tamworth. Following their trek via social media, was
like following a live episode of The Leyland Brothers as they documented their
journey across the states towards 2340.
the band finally arrived in Tamworth, I was lucky enough to meet the guys
before their first performance on the Peel Street stage. You could see the excitement in their eyes as
they prepared to play... and the realisation that they were now going to be part of
Australia’s largest music festival.
their first show being at around twilight and still quite hot – Tamworth regulars
would know what I mean by ‘quite hot’! My wife, our two children and I wandered down Peel Street handing out
some flyers to help build a crowd for the boys…In the end that may not have
mattered, because when the boys started playing, the Peel Street crowds
gravitated to the stage – The Wolfe Brothers had arrived!
successful Tamworth and another Leyland Brothers like journey home, the boys
were up for their next challenge and what a challenge they set themselves…entering
the national television competition “Australia’s Got Talent”. On national television, the band continued to
wow the judges and audiences alike…so much so that they made it through to the
Grand Final and ended up taking away the runners up prize! Not bad for a country band, on a show that
consisted of music acts of all genres and acts of great variety.
From here, The Wolfe Brothers exploded on to
the Australian music scene.
followed, is one of the great Australian Music success stories. The band was
signed by ABC Music, and were taken on as the official backing band for
Australian country music great, Lee Kernaghan. (pictured: Lee Kernaghan and Brodie Rainbird)
band released their debut album “It’s On” in 2013 and in a sign of the band’s
new found success, not only did the album consist of multiple hit singles, the
title track “It’s On”, was used as one of the official theme songs by the 2014
Tamworth Country Music Festival.
In September 2014, the band released their second album, “Nothin’ But Trouble”. This album continued the winning formula from
their previous works, with great country rock anthems and ballads, which sound
awesome on the home stereo or in the car on a long road trip. But to get the true Wolfe Brothers experience,
you have to get to one of the band’s live shows – They are carrying the flag
for the great Aussie pub band! (pictured: Casey Kostiuk)