If I had to use one word to describe Lee Kernaghan it would be Entertainer. He is an artist that knows how to best use his time on stage and thoroughly entertains the audience with a performance that has a bit of everything from Lee Kernaghan originals to Slim Dusty classics to Jerry Lee Lewis songs on the keyboard.
The audiences love him and with The Wolfe Brothers backing him on stage you are guaranteed a great night. Lee creates a party atmosphere including the streamers fired out over the audience.
Although the tour was to promote his latest album Beautiful Noise Lee performed hits from most of his albums. Unlike a lot of other artists, Lee encourages participation by the audience and invited the River Oak Cowgirls on stage during “Boys from the Bush”. The girls were more than prepared and had their own lyrics printed on a sign. Lee also encouraged the fans to take videos and photos so he obviously recognises the power of social media as a form of advertising.
The Wolfe Brothers and Lee Kernaghan seem to have really created a great team that work well with each other on the stage.
Dan Conway is another artist who has come to light through Australia’s Got Talent (2011 Series Finalist) and he also played guitar for Lee Kernaghan for the entire set.
Lee Kernaghan and the Wolfe Brothers performed their own version of the country classic, “Lights on the Hill” which was written by Joy McKean and made famous by her husband Slim Dusty. The song, when originally performed by Slim Dusty actually won the first Golden Guitar Award way back in 1973.
The crowd loved “Ute Me” from the Beautiful Noise album and Lee encouraged even more audience participation offering a free “Ute Me” singlet to any females that took their top off near the stage – there were quite a few volunteers so a few singlets were given away.
The fans just lapped up the performance and seemed to know all the words to the songs performed. Other songs of note that Lee performed were the title track from the latest album “Beautiful Noise”, “She’s my Ute”, “Great Balls of Fire”, “Outback Club”, “Dirt” and “The Way It Is”.
Lee Kernaghan seems to have worked out what his fans like and just continues to produce hits. His albums are backed up by great live performances such as I photographed tonight and he is the “Entertainer” of Australian Country Music.
After being blown away by the performance of The Wolfe Brothers at CMC Rocks the Hunter earlier this year I purchased both their debut EP and debut album to listen to on the drive back from Hope Estate. As good as the recorded music was I was still itching to catch another live show. With the band hailing from Tasmania I didn’t think that I had much of a chance but not long after CMC they caught the attention of Lee Kernaghan and were invited to tour with him on his Beautiful Noise tour. Not only are they the support band for Lee Kernaghan but they have now also become the backing band for his own performances.
It is been a whirlwind year for the band that were runners up in Australia’s Got Talent in 2012 and have now been nominated for 4 Golden Guitars – APRA Song of the Year (“The Girl, The Bottle, The Memory”); Group or Duo of the Year; New Talent of the Year; and Australian Top Selling Album of the Year (It’s On) at the 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards.
I managed to catch their performance in the Diamond Auditorium at Blacktown Workers Club on the 16th November, 2013.
Despite having a very busy year touring, the band members, brothers Nick & Tom Wolfe, Brodie Rainbird and Casey Kostiuk have not lost any enthusiasm and create a real and exciting presence on stage with their own style of country rock.
In their set they performed most of the songs on their debut album It’s On including “One Way State Of Mind”, “Wake Up”, “The Girl The Bottle The Memory”, “It’s On”, “Lovin’ In The Summertime” , “All We Wanna Do” and “Bad Man Outta Me”.
All too soon the set was over but luckily there was more to come when they returned to perform with Lee Kernaghan. The band’s performance was very polished and thoroughly enjoyable with many fans waiting around after the show for autographs and photos with the band members.
I can see the Wolfe Brothers having a long and successful career in the music industry. With a debut album brimming with quality songs all written by band members fans can look forward to more quality music being produced. The songs were all written about personal experiences and the audience seemed to connect well with the band’s lyrics and style. I was particularly impressed with how the band engaged the audience with insights into the situation or experiences that led to the songs being written.
If I were asked to describe the band I would say that they are an exciting close knit band with their own unique style of country rock. The Wolfe Brothers are a band to watch and I can see them attracting international attention before too much more time has passed.
The Beautiful Noise tour is nearing the end but there are still two more chances to catch the band performing before it finishes for the year. You can catch them at either The Mingara Recreation Club on the Central Coast on Friday 22nd November 2013 or at The Cube, Campbelltown Catholic Club on the 23rd November 2013.