Known for their raw brand of rockin’ blues and R&B, Australia’s the Teskey Brothers first garnered attention with their live performances in the late 2000s. In 2017, they gained wider notice cracking the Australian Top 20 with their soulful debut album, Half Mile Harvest. More acclaim arrived with their sophomore set, 2019′s Run Home Slow, which nearly topped the album charts and won three ARIA Music Awards. With 2020′s Live at the Forum, the Teskey Brothers earned their first number one album and again took home the ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album. On the heels of their success, they joined Orchestra Victoria for 2021′s Live at Hamer Hall.
Formed in Melbourne in 2008, the Teskey Brothers feature singer/guitarist Josh Teskey and his brother, lead guitarist Sam Teskey, as well as bassist Brendon Love and drummer Liam Gough. They all grew up together living just outside of Melbourne and bonded over their shared love of artists like Peter Green, the Animals, Percy Sledge, and others. Initially, it was siblings Josh and Sam who started the band, busking on the street as teenagers. Later, they joined forces with Love and Gough and built a following with a string of pub gigs, playing a mix of gritty rock, blues, and R&B. They also gained valuable experience working as the backing group for singer Ella Thompson. The band eventually signed with Glassnote Records and in 2017 issued their debut album, Half Mile Harvest. A breakthrough for group, it reached number 18 on Australia’s ARIA chart.
In 2019, the Teskey Brothers returned with their sophomore long-player, Run Home Slow. Buoyed by the singles “Hold Me” and “So Caught Up,” it peaked at number two in Australia and took home three ARIA Music Awards, including Best Blues and Roots Album. The following year, the band topped the Australian charts with the concert album Live at the Forum. The group’s first number one in Australia, it also earned them their fourth overall ARIA Music Award and second for Best Blues and Roots Album. Another concert record, Live at Hamer Hall with Orchestra Victoria, arrived in 2021. ~ Matt Collar