Earlier this week I got a chance to hang out with (recently “featured” band) Blessed Feathers, who told me all about the Wisconsin music scene… something they have recently departed from, currently dedicating themselves to an ongoing life on the road.  However they remain quite fond of the scene, especially of peers Field Report, who will be making a Philadelphia stop this Friday, 3/29, at the Tin Angel, supporting Sara Watkins.  Field Report is the musical project of Christopher Porterfield.  The band released their debut album last year, which has received praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and NPR.  Their sound is brilliantly classical Americana, filled with all the grit and grain of the likes of Tom Waits.  I recently got a chance to chat with Christopher about what you can expect this Friday, Wisconsin, and what he has planned for the rest of the 2013.

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Izzy Cihak: You’re currently on tour, having played a number of headlining shows, SXSW, and now you’re supporting Sara Watkins.  What have been the highlights of this jaunt?

Christopher Porterfield: The biggest highlight is getting to see quality musicians play every night. Sara is incredible. Getting some sun on our pale bodies in Florida, Georgia, and Texas was huge. Seeing friends and family makes being out feel like home.

IC: What can Philadelphia fans expect of the live experience when you play the Tin Angel on March 29th?

CP: We are doing this tour as a trio, so the arrangements are fresh for us. We’re doing some new material, too.

IC: How is Milwaukee’s music scene?

CP: Milwaukee has good things happening. There’s a strong folk scene there, but there’s so much more, lots of great experimental stuff. Listen to Old Earth.

IC: What are your thoughts on Partisan Records, your label?  They actually house some of my favorite acts of recent years.

CP: It’s been wonderful working with Partisan. They’ve curated such a great roster and we are really happy being on the team.

IC: What are your plans and hopes for the rest of 2013, whether in relation to your music or leisure?

CP: Tour, tour, write, tour, record, repeat. And get scuba certified to dive some Great Lakes shipwrecks.

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