A lot has happened since The Wolfe Brothers burst into millions of lounge rooms around the nation in mid 2012 when they were voted into second place in the final of the prime time television show Australia’s Got Talent.
During the series Tom Wolfe was making phone calls and sending a video of their weekly performance on the show to veteran Australian artist manager Steve White who was spending a few months in Nashville at the time. White said “Tom was calling every week. He was sending me a video of their performances on the show each week. I was very impressed with the energy and the sound of the band, but what I really liked was that they were going on 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 songs. I really liked what I saw and on about the 5th phone conversation with Tom I committed to managing them before i 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. I told Lee I had just taken on this new band from Tasmania called The Wolfe Brothers. I asked him to check them out online and watch their appearances on AGT. Lee called me back and said their energy is amazing so lets audition them.
On my return to Australia we auditioned the band and Lee gave them the job as his new band 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, Casey was a dental mechanic who made dentures and false teeth 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 going off. We could not believe all this was happening – dreams do come true”.