After playing our XPoNential Music Festival this summer, and playing the periphery of Philadelphia (Wilmington and Sellersville) earlier this month, Field Report this week announced a return to town in November for a show at World Cafe Live. Today we’re digging into the XPN archives for some Field Report history – before it went by its current name, the band was called Conrad Plymouth (a countrified spin on songwriter-guitarist Chris Porterfield’s initials). It released a humble handful of EPs, toured the U.S., and in spring of 2011, a scaled-back version of the band – Porterfield and keyboard player Nick Berg – visited WXPN with their friend Tim Showalter of Strand of Oaks to record a collaborative session for Folkadelphia. In the session, the band recorded a handful of songs that would later show up on the Field Report album – including a stunning rendition of opening track “Fergus Falls,” which you can download below. Tickets for the band’s November 9 appearance at World Cafe Live go on sale here this Friday, September 28, at 10 a.m.
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