WRENFIELDS Updated 2/2004
Intent on crafting original Alt-Country/Americana music and united by a love of solid, honest songwriting, The Wrenfields have proven to be one of the smartest-thinking, hardest-working, loudest-rocking country bands. Dubbed early on as “Detroit’s Favorite Alt-Country Group” by the Detroit MetroTimes, the band’s members collectively combine their diverse musical influences and wealth of experiences to deliver a brand of genre-crossing country music that garners critical accolades, not only from national press but also critics in Italy, Belgium, Japan and Canada.
The Wrenfields have shared the stage with such performers as Darrel Worley, Lorrie Morgan, Fred Eaglesmith, Jim Roll, Pin Monkey, and Restless Heart, to name a few. The band wowed crowds at the 2003 Meijer All American Jam, the 2003 North by Northeast (NXNE) Festival in Toronto, the inaugural 2002 Mid Point Music Festival (MPMF) in Cincinnati, Ohio, and have showcased at the 2002 and 2003 Budweiser Detroit Hoedown along with National Artists such as Trace Adkins, Ricky Skaggs and Patty Loveless.
In 2001, The Wrenfields’ debut album 21st Century Pioneer was released. Detroit Free Press Staff Writer Greg Crawford wrote: “The 13 tunes on ‘21st Century Pioneer’, all written by band members, transport listeners to an infectiously happy American heartland filled with blue skies, innocent romance and outdoor vistas that beg to be painted.” The album’s producer Tyler Brown, who worked with ex-Jayhawks front man Mark Olson and singer/songwriter Victoria Williams, brought experience and focus to the recording. The album was recorded and mixed at the band’s own Compound Studio in Dearborn, Michigan.
In October 2002, The Wrenfields served-up Seconds, a release gravitating toward an honest, pure country sound. The eleven songs from their sophomore effort carry the listener through a wide spectrum of emotion. Tracks include the two-stepping, roadhouse-style “Every Now and Then” and “Lovesick”; the heartfelt response to September 11th “Patriot’s Day (Katie Bar the Door)”; the beautiful ballads “We Must Say Goodbye” and “Never Once Alone”; and the all-out rocking cuts “Mother Nature Girl”, “Worthless” and “Carry Me Away”.
Like the first release, Seconds was engineered and produced by Tyler Brown at the Compound Studio. David Wolfenberger, drummer for Mark Olson and The Creek Dippers, appears on the CD, sweetening the mix by adding banjo, guitar and mountain dulcimer.
By winning 5 Detroit Music Awards in the last two years including back-to-back wins for Outstanding Country Recording – 21st Century Pioneer (2002) and Seconds (2003), and Outstanding Country Group (2002-2003), the band has brought Alt-Country music to a wide audience, establishing a loyal following centered in the Midwest and ever-expanding outward. Tunes from 21st Century Pioneer and Seconds regularly receive airplay on radio stations across North America and continental Europe. The Wrenfields’ songwriting is refined, coherent and displays their experience and diligent hard work. Alt-Country standard bearers Wilco, The Jayhawks and Lucinda Williams are major influences to the band and the lineage is evident in the music.
DETROIT MUSIC AWARD 2003
for OUTSTANDING COUNTRY RECORDING AND OUTSTANDING COUNTRY GROUP
Detroit Free Press Staff Writer Greg Crawford writes: “The 13 tunes on "21st Century Pioneer," all written by band members, transport listeners to an infectiously happy American heartland filled with blue skies, innocent romance and outdoor vistas that beg to be painted.”
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P.O. Box 2918
Dearborn, MI 48123-2918
(313) 278-4950 New Number
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