Introduce us to your band!
Fronted by Steve Smith, Muddy Wolfe is an indie blues rock band based in Canberra, Australia. They have evolved from a blues-rock band covering tunes by Jimi Hendrix and other blues artists to carving out their own unique sound blending rock, blues, jazz and folk, country and gospel.
Influenced by a huge list of bands including Tedeschi Trucks Band, Marcus King Band, Led Zeppelin, Doyle Bramhall II, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, The Cox Family and Fleetwood Mac. The band will be releasing their debut E.P. Muddy Wolfe Volume I in March 2019. Featuring 3 vocalists who share the vocal duties and whose voices blend to provide silky harmonies Muddy Wolfe is a band set apart.
How did you guys start out?
Muddy Wolfe was actually born in Taiwan. Founding member Steve Smith was living there and he put a band together including Caitlin and recorded the first single The Sun Also Rises.
After returning to Australia at the start of 2018 a new band was assembled, and Caitlin came back shortly afterwards. Kim Yang who is also originally from Taiwan joined the band. We went through a couple of drummers and bass players until we found Aidan and Dean. Jonah on organ/keys fit right in from the beginning.
Describe your band’s sound
We’re indie blues but we have a diverse collection of songs ranging from traditional blues to country and indie folk to jazz. The vocal harmonies blend to produce a big warm sound. Guitar and organ solos abound.
What influences your craft?
We’re influenced a lot by Tedeschi Trucks Band and other bluesy artists like the Marcus King Band.
A few of us have studied jazz and that influences a little of what we do as well.
What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
Our harmonies are a pretty big part of our sound. We’re not shy of the odd guitar or organ solo so if you like the blues and have an open mind, I think you would dig it.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
The Sun Also Rises was our first single and is a good start but Life of a Working Man is a favourite of ours.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
It’s a struggle to get good originals gigs or support gigs for touring acts coming through Canberra. Hopefully, that will change this year.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
Our song Life of a Working Man written by Kim was played on Australian national radio Triple J twice and has received great reviews.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
We want to make a follow-up album and do some tours in Melbourne and Sydney. We’ve got some good momentum going so we’d like to build on that and just keep getting better at what we do.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Gosh! That we were good at what we do and that we connected with somebody in some way and inspired them.