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Sons and Brothers photos courtesy of: Lindsay Wolking, Callie Wolking, Donald Kallaus, Richard Stermer
“Colorado’s Premier American Music Family Band”
Sons and Brothers are the Wolking boys from Westcliffe, Colorado. They continue to captivate audiences with their fusion of country, western, bluegrass, swing, rockabilly, old school country, gospel and western music, inspired by the band’s founding father and Dad, the late Frank Wolking. Colorado’s premier brother band, Sons and Brothers bring a unique energy, instrumental prowess and tight, powerful family harmony to the roots music genre. Based solidly in the Mountain West, the band describes its brand of music as “West Grass,”. Each performance features a dynamic contrast of songs and sounds ranging from stirring ballads and powerful gospel numbers to fire breathing instrumentals, poignant stories of family life, mountains, range and the American West.
Sons and Brothers builds a personal connection with audiences by sharing the good-natured relationships within the family and presenting insightful introductions mixed with doses of irrepressible humor. The band is composed of brothers and sons Mike Wolking (vocals, dobro, banjo and lead guitar), Aaron Wolking (vocals and bass) and Joe Wolking (vocals, mandolin and fiddle). On occasion, additional players can include Brian McClure on percussion, everybody’s favorite Uncle, Fred Wolking, and Old-Time Country fiddle treasure, Johnny Neil.
Sons and Brothers have traveled, with great success, to concerts and festivals in numerous states over the past many years, as well as Scotland, England and Wales. According to Dave Higgs, noted columnist, “Sons and Brothers powerful paint-peeling vocals make them one of the most strikingly original bands, flavored by the wide open spaces, grandeur and panoramic majesty of the West.”
“The strength of their vocals is well-complimented by their instrumental mastery and taste and the passion and enthusiasm that they bring to the stage.” – AmerEquine, Ft. Worth Texas
“Sons and Brothers has a unique niche in bluegrass, having grown up as a family band in the high mountains of Colorado. They carry a performing tradition that goes ‘way back, with strong vocals and an entertaining show that brings the audience to a truly western state of mind.” – Pete Wernick Dr. Banjo / Hot Rize
“Stage lighting can only do so much. When Sons and Brothers hit the stage, the energy level amps up and they are light years ahead of any overhead effect. A true Colorado original in everyway, you feel the might of the neighboring Sangre De Christos in their music. When my radio program needs a unique lift, they always deliver.” – Jerry Mills KOLT FM
“Seldom does such a talented group get presented to the public. Likewise, seldom does one family possess such a talent, work ethic, faith and determination as do the Wolkings, who are the Sons and Brothers!” – Waddie Mitchell
“The Wolking Family is an amazing family. So you’d think that the Sons and Brothers would be an amazing band – and they are! They have got to be one of the most dedicated, talented, fun-loving, hard working bands I have had the pleasure to know and to play with in many years. These guys are fearless. Their energy and dedication to their music and life itself are addictive. A true down-to-earth all American family playing true down-to-earth all American music – what a concept! – Don Edwards
“Sons and Brothers is the most exciting acoustic band in Colorado, they enthrall an audience.” – Power Pickin’ Magazine
“The best new band to see at the event.” – Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
Great vocals and lush harmonies delightfully paired with high caliber musicianship — stellar acoustic and electric guitar, fiddle, and mandolin that blend as intricately as delicate lace, or with a drive that is as powerful as a freight train – all to the solid foundation of an infectious percussive bass. Whether performing swing that is right in the groove, commanding bluegrass and country, gentle ballads, or soulful, soaring gospel, the music of Sons and Brothers always gets to the marrow. – Wendy Wham KUNC – FM
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