From the metaphorical ashes of a breakup to the literal ashes of a house fire, folk-rocker Wallace Field rises like a phoenix from the ashes with her debut album “All Costs,” out now. The album features nine original songs, took four years to make, and premiered on the fifth anniversary of the house fire. With her “powerful voice reminiscent of Joan Baez” (The Valley Advocate), Field stuns with her haunting, vulnerable songwriting and “crystalline voice” (The Recorder). The Boston Globe says "she always sounds like she means it." Most of the album’s songs were written on baritone ukulele, always with the aim to transform them into a more powerful, full-band sound.
No emotion is too sacred to explore for this late-blooming artist. Trained as a journalist in college, Field expertly unfolds her journey through heartbreak, house fire, and healing in “All Costs.” The Recorder writes that "Field emerges as a master storyteller who takes the listener on a journey through darkness to the light on the other side," calling the album "a powerful, musically stunning debut about survival.” There are hints of Field’s influences in her range of voices, from the theatrical Kate Bush and Aldous Harding, to the folk roots of Joni Mitchell and Weyes Blood.
Field grew up in western Massachusetts and currently lives in Greenfield, MA. She’s performed in popular venues such as Cambridge’s Club Passim, The Parlor Room in Northampton, and Holyoke’s Race Street Live (formerly Gateway City Arts). She's opened for acts like Nellie McKay, Heather Maloney, Elizabeth Moen, and Kimaya Diggs. Field also took part in Signature Sounds’ 2023 Back Porch Fest. She hopes to plan her first tour in support of “All Costs” in fall 2023.
“Field sings in a voice that is at once powerful and intensely vulnerable... She always sounds like she means it.”
“On ‘All Costs’ Field emerges as a master storyteller who takes the listener on a journey through darkness to the light on the other side. A powerful, musically stunning debut about survival.”
“If Traci Chapman and Sinead O’connor had a love child raised on Sharon Van Etten.”