Any history of The Wolfe Brothers that doesn’t begin four generations ago isn’t quite complete.
The revered country duo, comprised of brothers Nick and Tom Wolfe, have become renowned over the past few years for their jaw-dropping live shows and slow-but-steady ascent to Australian country music’s upper echelon. Part of their rise has been due to talent, and a lot of it due to hard work. But the truth is that music is in The Wolfe Brothers’ blood. “We come from four generations of farmers and musicians,” Nick explained. Their father, the man who encouraged them to start playing and helped facilitate their first shows in their early teens, was a rock drummer. His father played saxophone, touring around the brothers’ home state of Tasmania with a family band. And his father — Nick and Tom’s great-grandfather — was a fiddle player. So to say that The Wolfe Brothers’ story begins anywhere except four generations ago would be disingenuous; it would be ignoring the tides of history. If the musical gene was already in Nick and Tom’s DNA, it was their parents who brought it to full bloom.
For the better part of the last decade, The Wolfe Brothers have been proving themselves Australia’s finest country musicians. In 2013, they made waves with their emotive, striking debut ‘It’s On’. Fast forward to 2018 to ‘Country Heart’, which solidifies their place in Australian Country music, “Country Heart was the first time we’ve talked about our lives,” Tom says of their 2018 triumph. A heartfelt and occasionally melancholic portrait of a tumultuous period in Nick and Tom’s lives, Country Heart found The Wolfe Brothers pushing themselves emotionally and musically more than they ever had. A joyful fusion of country, rock, and pop, “No Brakes,” like Country Heart, is a portrait of where the brothers are at this point in time — only this time, it shows them going full speed ahead, pushing forward with no cares in the world. Humility is as baked into The Wolfe Brothers’ DNA as music is, but it’s clear that, at this point in their career, it’s time for something bigger: radio crossover, stardom, the massive American market. Tom and Nick Wolfe will always remember where they came from, but “No Brakes” feels like the song that could take them a step further. It may be far cry from their roots, but as Tom says: “We’ve never been the kind of band that stays in one lane.”.
Groundwater is proud to welcome one of Australia’s finest country music duos to the festival this November.
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