Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Filing A Field Report

Over the last few weeks I’ve been fairly obsessed with the self-titled debut from Field Report, which will hit stores via Partisan Records on September 11. Hailing from Milwaukee, any story that you’re going to read about the band in the coming weeks is going to include the following fact: Chris Porterfield was once a member of DeYarmond Edison, the short-lived and much mythologized act that impressively included not only members of Megafaun, but also Mr. Bon Iver himself – Justin Vernon. When the band decided to move their home-base from from Eau Claire, Wisc. to North Carolina, Porterfield stayed behind and instead assumed his music career was over, moved to Milwaukee and took a job working in the office of Student Affairs at Marquette University.

While that will certainly get a percentage of music fans to sit up and take notice, it’s almost just a side note, as Porterfield has put in over five years working on the material that makes up his debut. Much like his former band mate, Field Report, serves as the recording moniker for Porterfield, in fact it’s actually an anagram formed from his last name. Recorded at Vernon’s April Base studio in Fall Creek, Wisc., the album is full of densely layered confessional story songs that conjure up comparisons to Jackson Browne for his conversational delivery and slight country-rock tilt. Let’s check out this live performance of the album’s lead track Fergus Falls…

Field Report are appearing with the Counting Crows on the second leg of the band’s Outlaw Roadshow tour, which also includes We Are Augustines and Kasey Anderson and the Honkies. The package tour hits Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon tonight.

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