The Wolfgramm house was the loudest house in the street. From a young age sisters Kelly, Talei and Eliza were either playing piano, guitar, cello, tuba, or singing at the top of their lungs. Their mother noticed that all the girls wanted to sing but often refused to sing in unison because they wanted to 'sing their own part'. She cleverly taught them harmonies so they could sing simultaneously and not fight over the melody. It was also the fullest house in the street with an endless stream of young musicians and artists passing through. A rehearsal or jam would start up after school and finish when the neighbours couldn't take it anymore. So the Wolfgramm sisters took their music to the Melbourne pub scene.
Word quickly spread through the music community that the girls had soulful voices and a killer blend, the kind of blend that only the same DNA can nail. The sisters were soon working with some of the best musicians in Melbourne and gigging regularly in Fitzroy, the City and St Kilda.
It soon followed that Australia's most acclaimed singers also wanted to work with the girls, not only for their rich harmonies, but also for their musical diversity and strength in writing and arranging vocal parts. In recent years the girls have sung with Jet, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Leo Sayer, Little Birdy, Ross Wilson, Renee Geyer, Tex Perkins and Paul Kelly to name a few.
The girls continued with their high-energy soul band whilst developing an acoustic show featuring Kelly on piano. This simple line-up highlighted the girls' vocal talents and demanded they choose quality songs. Songs that could be stripped back to chords and melody and still hold their own. The girls caught the attention of acclaimed drummer Peter Luscombe who promptly took them on tour for the Countdown Arena Spectacular and had them regularly featuring on SBS music show RocKwiz.
The Wolfgramms were interested in making an album of songs by some of their favourite male artists. They wanted to give rock songs a soul treatment through their vocal arrangements and delivery. Having previously worked with Barry Palmer the girls knew that this kind of album would be right up his alley. Their inspiration for this fusion of styles sprung most notably from The Band's version of The Weight featuring the gospel vocals of the Staple Singers. The sisters also wanted to give the songs a female perspective and a county/rock-feel through the instrumentation. They had grown up listening to country rock albums by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and the Pointer Sisters. The girls admired these singers' interpretation of classic well-written songs by artists as diverse as the Rolling Stones, the Everly Brothers and Willie Nelson.
Luscombe got on board along with Ash Naylor of Even (guitar), session musician extraordinaire Chris Bekker (bass), Jake Mason (keyboards) of Cookin' On Three Burners, the horn section from the Bamboos and numerous other celebrated Melbourne musicians, with Barry Palmer at the helm as producer.
The Wolfgramm sisters and their adopted family of musicians recorded the album in two weeks. The band and horn section played live, recording their tracks simultaneously as did the girls with many of their vocals. The outcome is a soulful country rock album that pays homage to the great women singers in the Country and Soul scenes of the 1970s.
Music Industry Darlings The Wolfgramm Sisters are now ready to take centre stage and present to a loyal fan base an album of covers and several originals on December 20th at The Northcote Social Club.