The Crane Wives are a home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for song-craft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves. The band formed in late August of 2010 and has released three full-length albums, “Safe Ship, Harbored” (2011), “The Fool In HerWedding Gown” (2012), and “Coyote Stories” (2015) with a fourth album “Foxlore”released April 2nd, 2016.
“Pocahontas” is a song written by Neil Young that was first released on his 1979 album Rust Never Sleeps. From the moment Welch’s voice first breaks, the listener knows they are hearing something live, vulnerable, and real. That moment embodies everything about Neil Young’s “Pocahontas” and more: the warm hook of Young’s original song, Rawling’s attempt to resuscitate an old harmonica, and an aching apology (partly inspired by this) of heartbreak and regret.
“Wildfire” is a classic song written by Michael Martin Murphey and Larry Cansler. It was originally recorded by Murphey, who had yet to add his middle name to his recorded work, and appears on his gold-plus 1975 album Blue Sky – Night Thunder. Released in February 1975, as the album’s lead single, “Wildfire” became Murphey’s highest-charting Pop hit in the United States. The somber story song hit #2 in Cash Box and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in June 1975. In addition, it reached the top position of the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The single continued to sell, eventually receiving platinum certification from the RIAA, signifying sales of over two million US copies. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. The lyrics are the ruminations of a homesteader who has become much disillusioned with farming and obsessed with the ghost of a young Nebraska woman said to have died searching for her escaped pony, “Wildfire”, during a blizzard. The homesteader hopes to catch up with the ghost mounted on her pony, and with them to escape from farming, which he bitterly calls “sodbusting”.