A lot has happened since The Wolfe Brothers burst into millions of lounge rooms around the nation in mid 2012 when they were voted into second place in the final of the nationally televised show Australia’s Got Talent.
During the series Tom Wolfe was making phone calls and sending a video of their weekly performance on the show to veteran Australian artist manager Steve White who was spending a few months in Nashville at the time. White said “Tom was calling every week. He was sending me a video of their performances on the show each week. I was very impressed with the energy and the sound of the band, but what I really liked was that they were going on television week after week and playing original songs and Australia kept voting for them. Clearly they were making a connection to the public with their own songs. I really liked what I saw and on about the 5th phone conversation with Tom I committed to managing them before i even met the guys – something I have never done before”
White added “Before the Final of Australia’s Got Talent went to air I called Lee Kernaghan who I have been managing for the last 20 years. I told Lee I had just taken on this new band from Tasmania called The Wolfe Brothers. I asked him to check them out online and watch their appearances on AGT. Lee called me back and said their energy is amazing so lets audition them. On my return to Australia we auditioned the band and Lee gave them the job as his new band after playing just 3 songs with them in the rehearsal studio in Sydney. As a part of the deal the band would open all of Lee’s shows as his special gusts. This put the band in front of sell out crowds every night on tour. It was the perfect introduction to Lee’s huge audience and this relationship has been ongoing since 2012”.
Tom Wolfe said “touring with Lee has been a dream come true for us. He has taught us so much and it is still a little surreal to look across the stage and realise we are actually performing with one of our childhood heroes – the great Lee Kernaghan. Thanks to Lee we were able to quit our jobs and make music our full time profession. At the time that we auditioned for Lee Nick was a postman, Brodie was a refrigeration mechanic, Casey was a dental mechanic who made dentures and false teeth and I was a builder’s labourer and carpenter. It was only a couple of weeks after the audition that we did our first show with Lee. It was a baptism of fire at the Deni Ute Muster in front of 20,000 people going off. We could not believe all this was happening – dreams do come true”.
“The time we spent in Nashville was nothing short of amazing” said lead singer Nick Wolfe on their return home in 2016. “From the moment we got over our jet lag we began working hard on writing and making new music. We spent the first month writing every day and wound up with a collection of over 40 songs. We had the opportunity to co-write with some really respected writers, guys like fellow Aussie Phil Barton, who wrote the US number one single Women Like You for Lee Brice. We also worked with Brett Beavers, who has written many number ones for Dierks Bentley, among others, and many more great writers. Nashville is such a creative and inspiring place. I truly believe the songs we’ve put together for this record are leaps and bounds ahead of our previous material. There’s a real inspired feeling within the band and I don’t think we’ve ever been so driven. It’s going to be great to play these songs on home turf for everyone.”
Nick Wolfe recently said “We’re feeling all kinds of excitement and nerves with the upcoming release of our fourth studio album “Country Heart” and that’s exactly how it should be. None of us we’re interested in playing it safe this time. We basically took the process we have used to make our albums previously, turned it on it’s head and came at it from a completely different angle. The goal was to give each song its own personality, not just set up some guitars, amps and drums and bash out 12 tracks with the same core set up as we have done in the past. We didn’t touch an electric guitar until a week and a half into the recording process – which for us is a big deal. We took the time to really hone the songs, tweak arrangements and get in find the sounds that would give each song it’s own unique character. The interesting thing is even though it’s very different, it’s still us and if anything the songs and more ‘us’ more real and honest and we just can’t wait for our audience to get to hear this new chapter in our career! .”
Guitarist Brodie Rainbird said “We gave this album 100% and we are really proud of the end result. We planned a different approach to recording and together with our new producer Matt Fell we achieved what we set out to do. Hopefully people will see that we wanted to give them something fresh and different. I think we have done that and I can’t wait to hit the road with all these new songs and new sounds”.
The Wolfe Brothers will tour throughout 2018 in support of this new album. Undoubtedly one of the most exciting country rock bands to emerge out of Australia over the past four decades this band delivers from the heart with superb musical skills, great songs, a strong connection with their fans and it is clear at every show – they love what they do.