Wolfe Brothers bring their country music to the DRTCC
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.