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A black-and-white photo of Crutchfield playing guitar and singing into a microphone
Waxahatchee performing at Fairgrounds Festival in Berry, New South Wales, 2018.
Background information
OriginBirmingham, Alabama, United States
Years active2010–present
LabelsMerge Records
Don Giovanni
Plan-It-X Records
Associated acts
MembersKatie Crutchfield
Katherine Simonetti
Ashley Arnwine
Allison Crutchfield

Waxahatchee is an American indie music project, formed in 2010 by American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield, previously a member of P.S. Eliot. The band is named after Waxahatchee Creek, in Alabama.[2] Originally an acoustic solo project, her recordings tend to now involve a backing band and the music has increasingly more often been performed in this way. Crutchfield, as Waxahatchee, has released 4 albums to date; American Weekend (2012), Cerulean Salt (2013), Ivy Tripp (2015), and Out in the Storm (2017).


While a member of P.S. Eliot, a band formed with her twin sister Allison, Crutchfield released her first music as Waxahatchee as a split cassette with Chris Clavin on Plan-It-X Records. Her bedroom-recorded debut album, American Weekend, was released on Don Giovanni Records in 2012.[3][4][5] Crutchfield wrote and recorded the album in one week at her family home in Birmingham, Alabama. Her lyrics focused on personal relationships, devastation and longing.[6]

The album garnered positive reviews and was named a top album of 2012 by Dusted magazine.[7] "Be Good" was a song of the day on National Public Radio,[8] and listed as one of the best 50 songs of 2012.[9] "Catfish" was featured in Welcome to Night Vale.

A second album, Cerulean Salt, was released in March 2013 on Don Giovanni Records in the United States and four months later on Wichita Recordings in the U.K.[10][11] The critically acclaimed album reached #1 on the Official Record Store Chart in July 2013 and scored 8.4 on Pitchfork.[12][13] Waxahatchee supported Tegan And Sara on their U.K. tour, before playing a headline U.K. tour in October that same year.[11][14]

Crutchfield signed to Merge Records which released her third album, Ivy Tripp, in April 2015.[15] Waxahatchee toured non-stop for the rest of 2015, including tours with Kurt Vile and the Violators and Sleater Kinney.

On January 21, 2017 Waxahatchee recorded the song "No Curse" at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia for the nonprofit Weathervane Music's Shaking Through documentary series.

In 2017 Waxahatchee were touring during spring with The New Pornographers all around the United States.[16] In the autumn months they were staging in central Europe and Scandinavia in clubs and festivals.

Waxahatchee's fourth album Out in the Storm, was released on 14 July 2017 on Merge Records. It moves away from the lo-fi sound of previous albums, partly due to the guidance of co-producer John Agnello. It was recorded in the Miner Street Recordings studio with a full band.[17] Sam Sodomsky of Pitchfork wrote of "Katie Crutchfield’s sharp, gorgeous songwriting", "immersive" band sound and "songs that play like fiery exorcisms" in a review of the album.[18] Waxahatchee opened Jawbreaker's first Los Angeles shows in 22 years at the Hollywood Palladium on March 10, 2018 and in NY City at Brooklyn Steel on February 27, 2018.[19] In June 9, 2018 the band performed at Bataclan in Paris[20] and toured England.

In January 2018 the indie label Dead Oceans from Bloomington, Indiana published in homage to songpoet Jason Molina the cooperation single Farewell Transmission b/w The Dark Don't Hide It by Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee.[21][22] Merge Records published on Youtube on 17 July 2018 the digital single video Chapel of Pines which leads Waxahatchee’s sound back to the solo passion of Cerulean Salt.[23]


Waxahatchee performing live in 2017.

Studio albums[edit]


  • No Curse (Weathervane Music's Shaking Through 2017)
  • Farewell Transmission b/w The Dark Don't Hide It (Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee) (2018, Dead Oceans)

Split cassette[edit]


  1. ^ Beck, Tom (11 August 2015). "16 Reasons Philadelphia Is the Best Music City in the Country". Philadelphia Magazine.
  2. ^ Pelly, Jenn. "Rising: Waxahatchee". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 29 December 2013.
  3. ^ Cauvel, Peter. "WAXAHATCHEE - American Weekend". Verbicide Magazine.
  4. ^ "Waxahatchee playing shows, DBA tonight (dates & streams)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 4 June 2012.
  5. ^ Bernardi, Joe. "Dusted Reviews: Waxahatchee American Weekend". Dusted Magazine. Retrieved 1 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Twin Rock Dreams Prevail". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  7. ^ "Listed: The Dusted Mid-Year Report (2012 Edition)". Dustedmagazine.com. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  8. ^ Tyler-Ameen, Daoud. "Waxahatchee: A Love Song, Without The Love". Npr.org. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  9. ^ "NPR Music's 50 Favorite Songs Of 2012 (So Far)". Npr.org. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  10. ^ "Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt CD/LP out March 5th!". Dongiovannirecords.com. 25 January 2013. Retrieved 2015-05-17.
  11. ^ a b "'Waxahatchee sign to Wichita, announce Tegan & Sara Support'". Archived from the original on June 19, 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt | Album Reviews". Pitchfork.com. 7 March 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2015.
  13. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official Record Store Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Waxahatchee Announces UK Tour + Cerulean Salt Out Now! « Wichita Recordings". Web.archive.org. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2017.
  15. ^ "Waxahatchee shares new album details Archive". Merge Records. Retrieved 12 Jan 2015.
  16. ^ Yoo, Noah (17 January 2017). "The New Pornographers and Waxahatchee Announce Tour". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 August 2017.
  17. ^ Out in the Storm Review, by Sarah Murphy in Canadian Exclaim! Music Mag, published 12 July 2017
  18. ^ Sam Sodomsky: Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album, review in Pitchfork 13 July 2017
  19. ^ "Jawbreaker played BK Steel again, with Waxahatchee". BrooklynVegan. February 28, 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  20. ^ Andrieu, Pierre (22 June 2018). "Critique de Courtney Barnett + Waxahatchee + Loose Tooth à Bataclan, Paris". concertandco.com. Retrieved 2018-06-28.
  21. ^ "Farewell Transmission b/w The Dark Don't Hide It by Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee". January 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  22. ^ see Discogs database
  23. ^ "Waxahatchee Chapel of Pines". pitchfork.com. 2018-07-17. Retrieved 2018-07-18.
  24. ^ "Split by Waxahatchee and Chris Clavin". Rate Your Music. Somenic Inc. Retrieved 31 March 2015.

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