“Liverpool gave us the Beatles, now Tasmania has given us The Wolfe Brothers. The boys took country to a whole new level on Australia's Got Talent and I'm looking forward to touring with the hottest band in the land on the 2013 Beautiful Noise national tour.” – Lee Kernaghan.
Tasmania’s favourite sons The Wolfe Brothers are hitting the road for 2013, travelling around the country as special guests on Lee Kernaghan’s Beautiful Noise Australian tour. The band burst into the spotlight after appearing on Australia’s Got Talent and showing audiences that country music can really rock, and rock hard!
The band’s debut album Its On is already making its mark on the local music scene. The album debuted at #18 on the ARIA mainstream chart and #2 on the ARIA country chart. It’s On comprises of 11 new songs written by The Wolfe Brothers. The set list will be augmented by songs from the band’s 2010 self-titled EP, and a few well-chosen covers – such as their version of the Big & Rich song Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy), which catapulted them into the national spotlight on Australia’s Got Talent.
The Wolfe Brothers are made up of lead singer, guitarist and the group’s main song writer Nick Wolfe, his bassist-vocalist brother Tom, together with childhood friends and best mates, drummer Casey Kostiuk and guitarist Brodie Rainbird. After doing well in Australia’s Got Talent, the band went on to sign a management contract and a recording contract with ABC/Universal – and then announced their first ever full Tasmanian head-lining tour and a massive headlining show at the 2013 Tamworth Country Music Festival. The band was also been announced in the first line-up for the 2013 CMC Rocks The Hunter festival.
If that isn’t impressive enough, the band also came to the notice of one of their musical heroes – Lee Kernaghan. As a result, The Wolfe Brothers were invited to back Lee during recording sessions for his new album, and will now join him on-tour as his support act and the core of his travelling band. It’s a stunning result for a hard-working band which, not so long ago, was all but unknown outside the southern Tassie pub circuit.
For Tom and Nick Wolfe, playing music is not so much a choice as a tradition. The pair represents the fourth generation of Wolfes to grow up on the family farm in Tasmania, and the third to play in a band. “Our grandfather formed the Wolfe Family Orchestra – which included our grandmother, and our dad, who joined when he was 12 years old,” explains Tom. “Then my dad had his own band, called Midnight Revival – and my brother Nick joined that when he was about 13. Music has always been part of my memories. I just fell in love with it as a child – we all just love it, the whole family. I remember Nick and I would be working on the farm after school and then we’d get in the car with dad and go to the sound-check. We’d help with the sound-check and then, if we’d been good, we could play on stage for five minutes afterwards.”
The Wolfe Brothers album Its On is out now through ABC/Universal.