Who We Are
The Wrenfields have made their mark in the diverse Detroit music scene. Since forming in 2000, the band has released three critically acclaimed albums, won six Detroit Music Awards and shared the stage with many national recording artists. Dubbed early on as “Detroit’s Favorite Alt-Country Group” by the Detroit MetroTimes, The Wrenfields meld rock with country/folk tinges to produce a sound that is enduring, modern and distinctively their own.
The band members John Pyro (lead vocals/drums), Tom Morgan (lead & steel guitars), Matt O’Bryan (rhythm guitar/vocals) and Frank Budd (bass/harmonica) have been creating music together exclusively since 1993 when they formed the band Miracleberries, a jazz-tinged rock band. The band released Happy Hour in 1997 to critical acclaim. Soon after, the band’s sound evolved to a country-rock sound and The Wrenfields were born.
The Wrenfields’ first album 21st Century Pioneer (2002) and follow-up release Seconds (2003)both received international critical acclaim. In 2005, the band teamed up with Gary Louris, alt-country icon and Jayhawks front man, who along with Ed Ackerson, produced and recorded Green Man’s Ghost (2010) at Ackerson’s Flowers Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Louris also performed and co-wrote two songs on the album with the band.
For the upcoming Wrenfields release (Spring, 2020), the band is recording and producing the new record at their own Compound Studios. The new material melds rock with country/folk tinges to produce a sound that is enduring, modern and distinctively their own. It also exhibits the solid collaboration of a band that shares the philosophy that intelligent music hinges on originality, consummate musicianship and strong melody.
For more information, contact Matt O’Bryan at (313) 999-4464 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Festivals, Showcases & TV/Radio Appearances
WYCD Detroit Hoedown – Detroit, MI – Opening for such national acts as Leann Rimes, Josh Gracin, Kentucky Headhunters, Big & Rich, Emerson Drive, Charlie Daniels Band, Gretchen Wilson, & George Jones to name a few…
Farmer Jack Hot Country Jam – Taylor , MI – Opening for Darryl Worley
Arts, Beats & Eats – Pontiac , MI - Pepsi & Dodge Stages
Meijer All-American Jam – Taylor , MI – Opening for Lorrie Morgan
Comerica Tastefest – Detroit , MI – Pure Detroit Stage
Marshall Fields Day of Music – Max M. Fisher Music Center – Orchestra Hall – Detroit , MI
National Night Out Festival – Pontiac, MI – Phoenix Plaza Amphitheatre – Broadcasted live on Comcast Cable regionally in Michigan
Mammon Ride Festival – Oil City , MI
Dearborn Homecoming Festival – Dearborn , MI - Main Festival Stage – Broadcasted live on Comcast Cable regionally in Michigan
Detroit Music Awards – Filmore Theater – Detroit , MI – Showcase during the DMA awards show – Broadcasted on multiple cable outlets throughout Michigan
North by Northeast Festival (NXNE) – Toronto , Ontario , Canada
Motor City Music Conference (MC2) – Detroit , MI
Mid Point Music Festival (MPMF) – Newport , KY & Cincinnati , OH – Various Venues
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Festival – Louisville , KY
Detroit MetroTimes Hamtramck Blowout – Hamtramck , MI – Various venues
MSNBC’s “Mitch Albom Show” – Detroit , MI – Twice performed live on national television with a simulcast on ABC Radio throughout the US .
WXYZ-TV (ABC) – Detroit , MI – Featured news story (11pm News) on the band including guitarist Matt O’Bryan’s recovery from Leukemia
Public Broadcasting System - TV (PBS) – “ Motor Town Music Central” – Detroit , MI – Hour long concert broadcasted in 22 States and nationally in Canada
WXYZ-TV (ABC) – Detroit , MI – Featured news story (11pm News) on the band covering the band raffling off their 1963 Custom Cadillac limousine for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
WCPO-TV (ABC) – Cincinnati , OH – Performed live on the news to promote the Mid Point Music Festival
WROK-TV – Royal Oak , MI – Hour long concert featured on “City Beat”
WWWW-FM Country – Ann Arbor , MI – Live performance and interview after the band’s concert at the Budweiser Detroit Hoedown
WHFR-FM in Dearborn , MI – Hour long interview featuring songs from both “21st Century Pioneer” and “Seconds”
“Seconds” has been featured on radio stations throughout the US and Europe
Comerica Park – Detroit , MI – Performed the National Anthem prior to Detroit Tigers game