The Crane Wives
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The Crane Wives

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
Band Rock Folk




"Foxlore - The Crane Wives"

"Foxlore is a truly commendable effort and is one of the best records I’ve listened to in 2016." - Bitter Distaste

"The Crane Wives - Foxlore"

" They’re an impeccable band with incredibly tight instrumentation and harmonies that, paired with an inclination for catchy hooks and scintillating lyricism, make a strong case for their burgeoning popularity." - For Folk's Sake - Jonathan Frahm

"Local Spins"

"Welcome to the new face of folk-rock." - John Sinkevics

"Current Magazine"

"Kate Pillsbury, Emilee Petersmark, Ben Zito, Dan Rickabus blend a bit of danceable indie-pop flair to an old-world-sounding, banjo-wrung folk aesthetic. " - Jeff Milo

"Introducing The Crane Wives and Their "Sister-Albums""

"Foxlore is a declaration and stands as a testament to The Crane Wives’ evolution, an album that will undoubtably herald them a much wider audience." - No Depression - Adam Kukic

"New favorites emerge at Kansas City folk gathering"

"The Crane Wives is a female-fronted indie folk group from Michigan armed with vocal harmonies to weaken your knees." - Columbia Daily Tribune - Caitlin Lukin

"Here are my top 10 Michigan picks for NPR's Tiny Desk Contest"

"They tout themselves as being female fronted. Emilee Petersmark and Kate Pillsbury are great songwriters, have powerful voices and sing killer, tight harmonies." - Michigan Radio - Emily Fox

"Michigan Album Reviews"

"“Coyote Stories,” the first of two albums recorded this year at Ian Gorman’s La Luna Recording in Kalamazoo, is not only the band’s best, most ambitious album to date but a subtle-yet-significant expansion of the band’s distinctive sonic direction" - Local Spins - John Sinkevics

"The Crane Wives – Coyote Stories"

" There is a fearlessness in the group’s songwriting. A willingness to touch nerves and cut veins in a public and cathartic way." - Free-Geek - Matt W Sweeny


Foxlore (2016)

Coyote Stories (2015)

The Fool in Her Wedding Gown (2012)

Safe Ship, Harbored (2011)



Named one of Paste Magazine’s “12 Michigan Acts You Should Be Listening To Now”, The Crane Wives are an indie-folk outfit that have been making waves in the midwest since 2011. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, with a blend of folky acoustic and rock-n-roll electric instrumentation to support lyrical, organic music that is both accessible and innovative.

In the past year they’ve opened for acts such as The Avett Brothers and Lake Street Dive, were featured by Michigan Radio prior to their latest  release, “Foxlore”, and have been the recipients of several local accolades such as the WYCE Best Rock/Pop Album of 2015 for their third album “Coyote Stories.”

The band has toured the US extensively to promote their four full-length albums, “Safe Ship, Harbored” (2011), “The Fool in her Wedding Gown” (2012), “Coyote Stories” (2015), and “Foxlore” (2016). Notable venues include Electric Forest Music Festival, Daytrotter Studios, Rhythm N’ Blooms Festival, Mile of Music Festival, and Wheatland Music Festival. 

The Crane Wives are happily endorsed by Deering Banjos, GHS Strings, and Godin Guitars.

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