Six experienced musicians came together, three years ago, to form The
Wrenfields. Intent on crafting original Alt-Country/Americana music and
united by a love of solid, honest songwriting, the group has 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.
Members of The Wrenfields have shared the stage with such performers as
Darrel Worley, Pinmonkey, Jim Roll, Mitch Ryder, Rhythm Corps, Spencer
Davis, Sponge, Tony Orlando and Chuck Berry, to name a few. The Wrenfields
wowed the crowds at the 2002 Farmer Jack Hot Country Jam and the 2002
Mid-Point Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio, after having showcased at the
2002 Budweiser Detroit Hoedown.
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.
By winning 3 Detroit Music Awards in April, 2002, including: Outstanding
Country Recording – 21st Century Pioneer, Outstanding Country Group – The
Wrenfields, and Outstanding Country Vocalist – Noreen Novrocki, the band
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 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.
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.
Seconds will leave you wanting thirds!