FIELD REPORT, the Wisconsin-based quartet founded and fronted by Chris Porterfield, have made their national TV debut on CBS This Morning Saturday Sessions, in advance of the upcoming album, SUMMERTIME SONGS. In anticipation of the new album, the band recently premiered the first single, “Never Look Back,” with Stereogum. “Never Look Back” and an additional track, “If I Knew,” are now available everywhere, as both singles and instant downloads when pre-ordering Summertime Songs. A national tour will follow the release of the album.
On February 17th, Porterfield reunited with his former bandmate, Justin Vernon, when Field Report opened for “BON IVER: FOR EMMA, TEN YEAR” at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, WI. After the success of that stand out performance, Field Report announced two special hometown shows in Milwaukee, April 20th & 22nd at Back Room at Colectivo. In addition, the band has extended their national tour to include a run of West Coast dates in May.
Born in Minnesota, Porterfield moved to Eau Claire, WI, where he was a member of the folk-rock group DeYarmond Edison with Vernon (Bon Iver), Phil Cook, Brad Cook, and Joe Westerlund. When the band decided to relocate to North Carolina 2006, Porterfield opted to stay in Wisconsin. After spending the next few years writing and refining his own songs, Porterfield joined forces with Barry Clark (bass), Devin Drobka (drums) and Thomas Wincek (founding member of Volcano Choir, keys) combining their own unique styles and influences to create a sound that Paste called “dynamic and earnest, familial and familiar.” Field Reportwas born and the band soon found themselves opening for artists such as Counting Crows, Emmylou Harris, Jeff Tweedy and Aimee Mann. The self-titled debut album was released in 2012, followed by 2014’s critically acclaimed Marigolden.
Summertime Songs will be released March 23rd on Verve Forecast, part of Verve Label Group. Verve Label Group is home to the newly revitalized Verve Forecast imprint, whose rich catalogue includes artists such as Richie Havens, Laura Nyro, Captain Beefheart and Tim Hardin. In support of the album, Field Report will kick off a headlining tour on March 27th, at Schubas in Chicago.