It’s another Saturday night… and chances are, somewhere in the peaceful island state of Tasmania, one typically quiet country pub has undergone a drastic transformation. The usual four locals that prop up the bar has swelled to a packed house. The tills are ringing as the fridges undergo a mass exodus of Bundaberg Rum. There’s people here of all ages, shapes and sizes, and all walks of life, and they’ve come here for one damn good reason… to party!
To get rowdy, laugh and dance away the worries of the working week. There’s a Corner stage and that’s where you’ll find the ring leaders of this rawkus Circus. Four local lads with one common goal to give these punters the time of their lives! Meet… The Wolfe Brothers.
The Wolfe Brothers are an exciting modern country rock group hailing from southern Tasmania. The four piece outfit is fronted by brothers Nick and Tom Wolfe and joined by Brodie Rainbird and Casey Kostiuk. Since the release of their self- titled debut EP in 2010, things have pleasantly hectic for The Wolfe Brothers.
The group has supported John Williamson, Wendy Matthews, Travis Collins, Liam Brew, Crakajak, Diana Corcoran and Lee Kernaghan. They’ve also released three music videos on The Country Music Channel, with the second single You Don’t Own Her reaching the top 40 on the CMC charts. Everywhere, the group’s first video, also took out the People’s Choice Awards at the 2010 Amplified Tasmania Music Video Awards. Everywhere and You Don’t Own Her were collaborations with acclaimed director Ross Wood.
The Wolfe Brothers‘ powerful live show and consistent touring around Tasmania and Victoria has gained the band a fiercely loyal following. A testament to this fact was the group taking out top honours at the Tazzie Razzie Awards – a fan voted awards night for The Tasmanian music industry, winning Band Of The Year.
The Wolfe Brothers continue to gain respect among many industry professionals and peers as their notoriety increases. The group has performed many memorable shows including The Elmore Summer Send Off BnS, Dust Settlers BnS, The Tasmanian Mountain Cattleman’s Get Together, Sounds on the Grounds Festival, Gowrie Park Rodeo, Melton Mowbray Rodeo, The Tasmanian Hospitality Awards and the massive rural field day event Agfest. The group also gained a new fan base with a live set on the popular ABC radio program Mornings with Tim Cox.
December 2011 saw the release of Wake Up on iTunes, the first single from the group’s forthcoming album. The single, produced by CMAA Golden Guitar winning producer Fell, shot to No.3 on the iTunes country single charts in its first day of sale. Now, with Wake Up hitting country radio and reaching Top 30 on Country Tracks chart, Top 50 on Hot Country Radio and the music video in Top 40 and showing on CMC, both the group and fans alike, eagerly await the release of The Wolfe Brothers full length album It’s On.
The Wolfe Brothers have also gained a great friend and ally in renowned author and fellow Tasmanian Rachael Treasure, writer of bestselling rural fiction titles Jillaroo and The Stockman amongst others. An enthusiastic supporter of the group, collaboration between band and author simply had to occur. Treasure wrote the song Hi Vis Anthem – a fun, tongue in cheek anthem of pride discussing the attire of a modern day working man.
2012 got off to a fantastic start for The Wolfe Brothers with New Year’s Day bringing a nomination for the CMC New OZ Artist Award. This placed them among the fifteen best and most promising new artists in Australian country music. Tamworth Country Music festival was an exciting and productive venture for the band with performances under the Wests Entertainment Group where their recognition and popularity grew immeasurably. Opportunities to support and work with many artists including The Davidson Brothers have risen from this successful festival.
Closer to home, headlining the DenNent Valley Autumn festival pulled 15,000 people to attendance. With that exciting start to 2012 it’s now full steam ahead for The Wolfe Brothers as they set about building a higher exposure through the rest of the nation touring NSW, QLD and beyond.