Field Report

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Field Report
Field Report at Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI - October 22, 2014.jpg
Field Report at Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI - October 22, 2014
Background information
OriginMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Years active2011 (2011)–present
LabelsVerve Forecast, Partisan Records, Dine Alone Records (Canada)
MembersChris Porterfield

Field Report is an American folk band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin[1] led by singer/songwriter Christopher Porterfield. The band's name is an anagram of the surname Porterfield.


Chris Porterfield, the leader of Field Report, originally played with Justin Vernon (now the creative force behind Bon Iver) in the Vernon-led band DeYarmond Edison. After the breakup of DeYarmond Edison, Porterfield worked on his own project, Conrad Plymouth, then eventually changed focus to work on the band Field Report.[2] In 2017, The band was signed to Verve Records (Universal) imprint Verve Forecast, whose catalogue includes artists Richie Havens, Laura Nyro, Captain Beefheart, and Tim Hardin. In 2018, the band released their first album in four years entitled Summertime Songs, recorded in their hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


The band has received much praise. According to Billboard Magazine, "The Counting Crows, Emmylou Harris, and Aimee Mann each invited Field Report to open shows for them. The band's music is playing at Starbucks and garnering media accolades."[3] The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "The buzz leading up to Field Report's self-titled debut album, out on Partisan Records Sept. 11 [2012], has been louder than the music of this six-piece Milwaukee folk band, with Rolling Stone, NPR, Pitchfork and Time already writing raves."[1] Prior to the release of the band's second album, following a Daytrotter solo session with Porterfield, Sean Moeller wrote, "Marigolden is a triumph of a record, a true beauty that makes you believe in the regenerative spirit of all human beings."[4]

On October 22, 2014, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett declared the day Field Report Day in Milwaukee, prior to a performance by the band that evening at the Pabst Theater.[5]

Following a show in Denver, Annie Zdrojewski wrote "Porterfield’s lyrics turn what may initially sound like singer-songwriter-y indie folk of the replicable variety into something more: a confession of sorts, with visible cracks in the armor that you can feel because Porterfield writes them so achingly well."[6]

Paste Magazine's Eric Swedlund described the lyrics from Field Reports self-titled album as "imaginative, detailed and highly literate, creating character-driven songs, sketches that reinforce their narratives with imagery that coalesces into a remarkable sense of place."[7]

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel put the song "Home (Leave the Lights On)" as the top song from Milwaukee in 2014.[8]


Porterfield has said, “For me, songwriting all starts with the words. I’m very lyrically driven.” He often uses metaphors and historical references to paint a picture or inspire a certain feeling with his lyrics. He has said he was influenced by other artists known primarily for their descriptive and poetic lyrics, including Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. For Field Report's second album, he created the word "Marigolden" to serve as the name of the seventh track and album. The word is a combination of marigold, indicating the effort needed to maintain the status quo, and golden, suggesting a desired status.[9]

Band members[edit]

Past members[edit]


Field Report (2012)[edit]

  1. "Fergus Falls" - 5:03
  2. "The Year Of The Get You Alone" - 5:12
  3. "I Am Not Waiting Anymore" - 3:28
  4. "Taking Alcatraz" - 5:23
  5. "Incommunicado" - 3:21
  6. "Circle Drive" - 3:35
  7. "Chico the American" - 5:50
  8. "Evergreen" - 3:14
  9. "Captain Video" - 3:34
  10. "Route 18" - 5:46

Marigolden (2014)[edit]

  1. "Decision Day" - 4:32
  2. "Home (Leave the Lights On) - 3:41
  3. "Pale Rider" - 5:01
  4. "Cups and Cups" - 4:21
  5. "Ambrosia" - 4:46
  6. "Wings" - 4:32
  7. "Marigolden" - 4:19
  8. "Michelle" - 5:14
  9. "Summons" - 4:51
  10. "Enchantment" - 5:01

Summertime Songs (2018)[edit]

  1. "Blind Spot" - 3:39
  2. "If I Knew" - 4:46
  3. "Never Look Back" - 3:41
  4. "60 Second Distance Run" - 2:59
  5. "Every Time" - 5:25
  6. "Healing Machine" - 4:15
  7. "Summertime" - 4:52
  8. "Tightrope" - 3:26
  9. "Occupied Mind" - 3:38
  10. "Everything I Need" - 4:00


  1. ^ a b Levy, Piet (2012-08-30). "10 Wisconsin Bands to Watch". Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  2. ^ Steven Hyden (2012-05-04). "Field Report Set a Course for Breakout Debut | Music News". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  3. ^ "Field Report Find 'Good Place' on Debut". Billboard. 2009-09-14. Retrieved 2012-10-08.
  4. ^ Moeller, Sean. "Field Report (Solo)". Daytrotter. Daytrotter. Retrieved 24 October 2014.
  5. ^ Rytlewski, Evan. "Mayor Barrett Proclaims Field Report Day in Milwaukee". Shepherd Express. Retrieved 22 October 2014.
  6. ^ Zdrojewski, Annie. "Field Report | Hi-Dive | Denver |Review". Retrieved 4 December 2014.
  7. ^ Swedlund, Eric. "Field Report: Marigolden Review". Paste. Paste. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ Levy, Piet (10 December 2014). "Hits from Field Report, Vinyl Theatre top 10 best Milwaukee songs of 2014". Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
  9. ^ Kuehl, Kat. "Field Report returns to Green Bay stage". Retrieved 24 November 2014.

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