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article imageInterview with country rockers The Wolfe Brothers Special

By Adrian Peel     May 1, 2013 in Entertainment
Digital Journal speaks to Tom Wolfe of the fiery Australian four-piece who first caught the public's attention Down Under following a highly successful run on 'Australia's Got Talent'.
A lot can happen in twelve months and a lot certainly has happened since The Wolfe brothers, comprising of brothers Nick and Tom Wolfe and best friends Brodie Rainbird and Casey Kostiuk, made their explosive television debut on the above-mentioned TV talent show in April 2012.
At present, the members of this exciting new discovery from Hobart, Tasmania - "The hottest band in the land," according to Lee Kernaghan - are on a short break from touring with Kernaghan, and Tom Wolfe, bass player and joint lead vocalist (along with brother Nick) with one of the homegrown acts at this year's CMC Rocks the Hunter, chatted to me about life on the road with one of Aussie country's biggest stars.
"Yeah it's going great, mate," enthuses the able musician, as much a fan of traditional country artists like Dwight Yoakam and the late George Jones as he is of Guns 'n' Roses and Metallica. "Just home for a couple of days at the moment, which has given us a little bit of a break. But yeah, we've seen some great country, met some great people and the shows have been really good too. We're having a lot of fun out there, a real lot of fun."
As if warming up the crowd each night - showcasing material from their impressive debut LP, It's On - wasn't enough, the hard-working quartet then back the 2008 Australian of the Year live on stage, performing tracks from his 20-year back catalogue, as well as from his latest release Beautiful Noise, to which the Brothers also lent their talents.
"We go out and we do our own set, give them our own show," confirms Tom. "Then we go out and we play all Lee's stuff with him. It's great and we have a ball doing it, an absolute ball."
"Look, the album is very much a statement of us," he says of It's On, which also includes the tracks, Lovin' in the Summertime and Wake Up. "All the songs were written and recorded by us and a lot of it was done before the idea of going on Australia's Got Talent was even considered...
"We ended up doing a lot of it ourselves in Tassie. We recorded probably fifty percent of this album in my bedroom and twenty percent of all the drums, we did that in Casey's lounge room. So I think it's a statement of us, I think the songs are where we've come from - things like One Way State of Mind. We wrote that at a soundcheck. Nick was trying to get his guitar sound and ended up coming up with this riff and that was it. We wrote the song there and then in about twenty minutes."
And I guess you've been fans of Lee's since you started out?
"Oh we have. We were brought up on a diet of Lee Kernaghan songs... We've been playing his stuff, before we even met Lee, for years."
The story of how the close-knit group ended up working with one of their musical heroes is the stuff that dreams are made of and The Wolfe Brothers have even recorded a duet with their new buddy entitled Lights on the Hill, a classic country tune made famous by the great Slim Dusty.
"Lee saw us on Australia's Got Talent," remembers the former builder, who plans to continue in the trade, though in a purely hobby-based capacity, "and he liked what we do, he liked the band, he liked the energy and he asked us to come up to Sydney and audition...
"It was probably one of the most nerve-racking experiences of our lives, but we loved it and we had a ball doing it. We ended up playing one song and at the end of that song, Lee said, 'That's it fellas, you've got the job'. So a great memory and we'll never forget it."
Which of Lee Kernaghan's many hits do you particularly enjoy playing live?
"Look, there's a lot, you know? The thing is with Lee is he's had, I think, fifteen albums or something, so there's such a big catalogue of songs. But I'm loving the new album, playing stuff like Beautiful Noise, Dirt Music, Ute Me... Flying with the King is a real highlight of the night, Lee's tribute to Slim about when he was flying from Brisbane to W.A. (Western Australia) to a country music festival and he got to sit next to Slim. That's a great one to play...
"But then again, we get to do some classics like The Way It Is, Something in the Water and She's My Ute, Boys from the Bush... It's probably too hard to say, but I just truly love them all."
Almost unheard of for a country rock band, The Wolfe Brothers and their memorable, high-octane displays of musical virtuosity nearly went all the way on series six of Australia's Got Talent, ultimately finishing in second place behind eventual winner Andrew De Silva. Did the boys ever think they would get that far?
"Absolutely not, no way," laughs Tom. "We went on the show and we thought, 'If we get on one episode, that'd be great. If we get on one episode, we can do the song and that might help us get some gigs'. To make it as far as we have is amazing, really amazing, and we're just loving it, mate, absolutely loving it."
The Beautiful Noise Tour stars again on May 3rd in Dubbo, New South Wales.
For more information, visit The Wolfe Brothers' official website.
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