Wooldridge Brothers is a two-city project: Scott Wooldridge is a Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter, while guitarist and co-writer Brian Wooldridge and his wife Julie (vocals, percussion) live in Milwaukee. Jack Rice (bass) and Nathan Kilen (drums) round out the rhythm section.
Despite the brothers being separated by more than 300 miles, the WBs continued to play in recent years (pre-pandemic) at high-profile shows such as Big Star's Third concert at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Summerfest in Milwaukee, and the Pablove Tom Petty tribute show, also in Milwaukee.
In the late 90’s the Wooldridge Brothers inked a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific/EMI and released three critically acclaimed albums. They had several songs placed in films (Contact, Some Mother’s Son) and television shows (Party of Five, Nearly Famous, Anna Nicole Smith and many others) along with successful regional radio airplay. In 1998, Scott moved to Minneapolis while Brian continued on in Milwaukee. In 2009, the brother began work on a new album, with the help of Milwaukee-area talent and producer Chris Stamey (dB’s/Alex Chilton). The result was the Americana pop album Days Went Around.
In support of Days Went Around, Scott and Brian played select shows with Alejandro Escovedo, Martha Wainwright and Walter Salas-Humara (the Silos).
In 2014 the Wooldridge Brothers created a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund Scott’s new solo album and a new Wooldridge Brothers single and album. Scott's solo album was released in Jan. 2015, and the Wooldridge Brothers vinyl single came out Aug. 2015. The first round of tracks for the WB album were produced by John Munson (Trip Shakespeare, Semisonic) in Minneapolis, MN, the rest of the album was finished in Rockford, IL with Scott Gorsuch (EIEIO) at the helm. Also in 2015, the brothers were invited to play the Big Star Third concert at First Ave. in Minneapolis, MN. Other notable shows included summer of 2016, when they opened for Ben Folds at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. They also toured with The Baseball Project.
In 2017 and 2018, the band released and supported the album "Starts at Dusk," which was widely considered their best.
Julie Straszewski Wooldridge
Emeritus: Scott Gorsuch