Like Uncle Tupelo, the rambling canon that produced Son Volt and Wilco, erstwhile Wisconsin collective DeYarmond Edison is something of a legend at this point. From the ashes of its demise in 2006 rose Megafaun and Bon Iver, and now the group can claim another folkie to its credit. Chris Porterfield, who records and performs under the name Field Report, plays slow-burning country folk that sounds right at home next to Justin Vernon on the vinyl shelf. He has been recording for the past six years, but it was only recently that his few tracks on SoundCloud caught the attention of producer Paul Kolderie, who incidentally also produced Uncle Tupelo.
For a taste of Field Report’s as-yet-untitled debut, due in July, take a listen to “Fergus Falls”. Low, slow layers of acoustic finger-picking build over drum brushes accentuating the urgency in Porterfield’s reedy voice. Harmonies hit home at the halfway mark, diving into the bed of strings like the song’s protagonist over Fergus Falls. It’s simply gorgeous.
If you like what you hear, check out Field Report’s short string of spring tour dates in support of Megafaun.
Field Report 2012 Tour Dates:
03/30 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern *
03/31 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir *
04/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord *
04/04 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Crepe Place *
04/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater *
04/06 – Tempe, AZ @ The Sail Inn *
04/08 – Santa Fe, NM @ Sol Santa Fe *
04/10 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk *
04/12 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree *
04/14 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom *
* = w/ Megafaun