Wolfe Broth­ers bring their coun­try mu­sic to the DRTCC

Dubbo Photo News - - Dubbo Weekender - By DARCEE NIXON

THE Wolfe Broth­ers first shot to fame on a na­tional scale in mid 2012 when they were voted into sec­ond place in the fi­nal of Aus­tralia’s Got Ta­lent. Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength and are now on their ‘Coun­try Heart’ tour, fea­tur­ing spe­cial in­ter­na­tional guests Gord Bram­ford and Jody Direen. Ahead of their per­for­mance in Dubbo, Dubbo Photo

caught up with Tom Wolfe to learn a lit­tle more about the band and what au­di­ences can ex­pect from their Dubbo show.

So how did the band come to­gether?

We are Tassie boys and we still live in Tassie.

Nick and I are broth­ers, and we caught the school bus with Brodie. So we all grew up to­gether and have known each other for a life­time.

We were brought up with mu­sic. Our dad was a muso, he played around pubs and clubs in Tassie his whole life. So we were strongly en­cour­aged to play.

It was great – it was the best way to grow up. We’d spend our week­ends with dad on the farm and then if we had been good we got to go into sound check with him and lug in his gear and he’d let us have a hit of his drums. It was a lot of fun.

So we have been do­ing it for­ever ba­si­cally, we don’t re­ally know any­thing else.

Do you pre­fer per­form­ing at coun­try or city shows?

We prob­a­bly do more re­gional stuff, and to be hon­est, be­ing mod­ern coun­try, that is more of what our au­di­ence is. We were brought up in the coun­try so it feels re­ally com­fort­able. We find that the peo­ple are a bit more real and a bit more gen­uine there.

Tell us about your Coun­try Heart al­bum.

We’ve done three al­bums be­fore this one and we’re re­ally proud of those al­bums, but we’ve got to a point where we were ready to do some­thing dif­fer­ent – take the songs and sounds in dif­fer­ent direc­tions.

So we changed pro­duc­ers and we re­ally honed in on each song and the fo­cus was to give each song its own iden­tity, so what is go­ing to make the lyrics of this song re­ally come out and make us feel some­thing.

We’ve had a pretty heavy gui­tar band over the years, and there is a lot less gui­tar and a lot less of ev­ery­thing. If it doesn’t need to be there, we wouldn’t put it there. The out­come is def­i­nitely our best stuff yet. And I think that the song writ­ing is the most real, raw and hon­est too.

What can au­di­ences ex­pect at the Dubbo show?

What we sing about and what we are go­ing to be talk­ing about is just real stuff. It’s not con­trived, it’s who we are. It’s real, hon­est stuff from the heart, and I think that’s stuff that peo­ple re­ally con­nect with.

For us, it’s about show­ing a big va­ri­ety of what coun­try mu­sic is about too. Coun­try mu­sic is not just put in one lit­tle box any more... There is heaps of dif­fer­ent styles and sounds, and you will def­i­nitely hear that from all three of our acts on the show.

What will Gord Bram­ford and Jody Direen bring to the show?

When we can, we like to have a fe­male on the road, it just breaks it up for the au­di­ence. There are so many ta­lented fe­male artists out there. Jodie is from New Zealand. She is amaz­ing, she has got so much en­ergy, she’s got a killer voice, so we’re re­ally ex­cited to bring her out.

She just won Fe­male Artist of the Year in New Zealand.

And we’ve got Gord Ban­ford com­ing over from Canada. Now, the best way I could prob­a­bly de­scribe Gord is as "Canada’s Lee Ker­naghan". He’s a su­per­star over there. He’s won En­ter­tainer of the Year three years in a row, which is re­ally, re­ally cool. He’s a great dude and he’s got one of the best voices in the busi­ness. So this show is re­ally go­ing to be a lot of fun.

Wolfe Broth­ers Coun­try Heart Tour z Dubbo Re­gional The­atre and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 11 Tick­ets on sale now at drtcc.com.au!


The Wolfe Broth­ers have be­come one of Aus­tralia's hottest coun­try bands over the past few years.

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