The Wolfe Brothers - Villa Noosa Hotel - the V Room
A lot has happened since The Wolfe Brothers burst into millions of homes around the nation in mid 2012 when they were voted into second place in the final of Australia’s Got Talent.
Throughout the series, Tom Wolfe was persistently contacting veteran Australian artist manager Steve White – who was in Nashville at the time. White says, “Every week Tom was calling me and sending me a video of their performances on the show. I was very impressed with the energy and the sound of the band, but what stood out the most was that they were going on national 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 music. I really liked what I saw and committed to managing them before I had 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, and told him I had just taken on this new band from Tasmania called The Wolfe Brothers. I asked Lee to check them out online and watch their appearances on AGT. Lee called me back with the feedback that he found their energy amazing. On my return to Australia we auditioned The Wolfe Brothers for Lee’s new band and Lee gave them the job 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 guests. 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 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. We could not believe all this was happening – dreams do come true”.
The Wolfe Brothers debut LP “It’s On” spawned three Top 10 singles, including their first #1 song and #1 video ‘The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory’. The album entered the ARIA charts at #2 on the country chart and #18 on the overall chart.
In their usual fun approach to life, the band titled their second album “Nothin’ But Trouble”. The album was released on Sept 5th, 2014 and entered the ARIA Country Charts at #2 and debuted at #13 on the all genre ARIA Chart. The first three singles, ‘That Kinda Night’/ ‘You Got To Me”/ ‘Born and Bred” all went on to become #1 hits for the band. The album went onto to garner the band 2 x Golden Guitar finalist nominations at the 2015 Australian Country Music Awards in the Group Of The Year and Song Of The Year categories.
In November 2015, the band flew to Nashville to write and record their third album. This time the entire album was recorded and mixed by Luke Wooten at Station West Studios.