“A rootsy, singer/songwriter … one of the best we’ve heard. Four Stars!”
~  Maverick Magazine, UK

 

“Musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see her perform.”
 ~ San Francisco Bay Guardian

 

“Lovely vocals and even lovelier songs. Mare Wakefield and Nomad are a little bit old country, a lot contemporary folk a la Dar Williams or Patty Griffin.”
~  New York Times

 

“Cozy brilliance … The merger of Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton.”
~  Louisville Eccentric Observer

 

“Oregon cafes, small Texas towns and twangy Nashville rolled into one.”
~  Cranky Crow

 

“A true poetess … Wakefield turns words into magic.”
~  Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

 

“Simply Amazing”
~  Skope Magazine

 

“You’ll be astounded!”
~  Maverick Magazine, UK

 

“Mare stories her songs with characters that garner immediate sympathy. With few words, she gives the folks that walk her tales flesh and blood.”
~ The Alternate Root

 

“Lovely voice and vivacious delivery.”
~   Third Coast Music, Austin TX
“At times soft and soulful, at others riotous and rowdy … Mare and Nomad serve up silliness, angst and twang —  all delivered with a delightful stage presence.”
~ Americana Tonight, Nashville, TN

 

“Mare Wakefield has concocted a mellow, likable country-folk sound on Take Me Home. The opener, “I’ll Drive,” lays down a backdrop of piano, acoustic guitar and drums that works well with Wakefield’s warm vocals. A sad, country-flavored dobro sets the mood for “Pack Up Your Stuff,” an emotional downer with a little vocal help from Amelia White. Both songs have strong melodies and, especially in the latter case, unwind at their own pace. Given this pacing combined with low-key arrangements and a simple production (very little reverb, etc.) these songs are imbued with a back-porch quality. Another intriguing quality of Take Me Home is the addition of Nomad Ovunc’s piano in the midst of the fiddles and dobros. It’s never intrusive as in bad country-pop, but is woven into the texture of “Texas” and “Cold River,” adding a nice, unexpected touch. Wakefield is helped along this path considerably by bassist Jim Thacker, drummer Justin Amaral, fiddler Brian Arrowood, dobroist Kim Gardner and several others. These players, whatever their individual histories may be, fall into a comfortable groove here, offering an attractive, spare soundscape for Wakefield’s vocals. Things get a bit funkier on “Love vs. the USA,” a rockin’ bit of gospel complete with a backing choir. Non-pretentious with a mellow, country-folk sound, Wakefield’s Take Me Home offers a solid group of songs on its own terms. 3 and 1/2 stars.”
~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., All Music Guide
AllMusic.com

 

“Cozy brilliance … Could she be the merger of Maria McKee, Natalie Merchant, Shawn Colvin and Dolly Parton? Wakefield and her guitar fill a musician’s space as if an inherent extension of her soul. There is volume and symmetry that is as untainted as it is simple. This most elegant component is indeed a rare find and decrees strength and depth. Feel this music. It absorbs like thirsty skin.”
~ Michelle Manker, Louisville Eccentric Observer
Louisville, KY

 

“Take Me Home is Wakefield’s fourth album, and her first in four years. She relies on both acoustic and electric arrangements, and even strips things down to one voice, one guitar on “Lullaby.” The piano also adds an extra element to many tracks. Take Me Home sounds great, and Wakefield’s an expressive singer. ”
~ Sing Out Magazine

 

“The songs, the voice, the band is just plain good! A voice a bit reminiscent of early k.d. lang, poignant story-telling, diverse scenarios. Wakefield’s humor and technique shine from a powerful voice that reaches both ends of the scale.”
~ Nicki Ehrlich, Victory Music Review Magazine

 

“Why you aren’t a national figure already can only be chalked up to the music business. Your voice, the sublime intelligence of your lyrics and production are first rate.”
~ George Maida, DJ WCVE FM
Richmond, VA

 

“I enjoyed your album [Factory]. I liked your singing, and the songwriting is unique. I loved the one about the sewing machine… Well done in all”
~ Gail Davies, producer and RCA recording artist
Nashville, TN

 

“More than your typical fly-by-night coffeehouse folk artist [Wakefield is] musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Her lyrics read like stream-of-consciousness short stories. Don’t pass up the opportunity to see her perform.”
Cheryl Eddy, San Francisco Bay Guardian
San Francisco, CA

 

“Wakefield’s songs are ’old school’ in the best possible way: they have an honesty and directness that nowadays are hard to find. With her lyrics she’s able to make you think and make you smile … she even managed to reincarnate the Ghost of John Denver — what more can you ask for?”
Ruben Jonas Schnell, NDR (Norddeutscher Rundfunk)
German Public Radio, Hamburg

 

“A wonderful singer-songwriter … I’m glad the rest of the country can be introduced to her talent.”
Martin Anderson, Music Director and Host
WNCW-FM, Spindale, NC

 

“Well-written songs, beautifully sung … top notch instrumental accompaniment.”
Doug Dick, WVGN
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

 

“An arresting collection of folk pop… So immediately accessible it risks getting overplayed.”
New Times
San Luis Obispo, CA

 

“Your new recording is so excellent it was moved up to heavy on our playlist.”
Liz Wise
KLCC, Eugene, OR

 

“Wakefield is Oregon cafes, small town Texas and twangy Nashville rolled into one. Her guitar and vocals ache in all the right places … She resembles an early Billy Bragg, you’ll want to be in the front fow at her next concert.”
Cranky Crow Music Reviews

 

“Reminiscent of Dar Williams, conjuring up the ghost of Johnny Cash. Her voice is sweet without being saccharine, familiar without sounding like anyone else, and extremely pleasing to the ear … The fiddle drew me in, the story line kept me from leaving.”
Theresa Hogue, Gazette-Times
Corvallis, OR

 

“Unbridled tenacity pours out of her. Through her songs she evokes a passion for music and life on the road.”
Ashland Daily Tidings
Ashland, OR

 

“Rootsy, country-tinged folk … [Take Me Home] showcases Wakefield’s talents beautifully.”
Vanessa Salvia, Eugene Weekly
Eugene, OR

 

“Sweet voice, sensitive lyrics … with a hint of twang.”
John Larson, Tacoma Weekly
Tacoma WA

 

“Introspective and intelligent mix of contemporary folk and Americana.”
Jeff McDonald, Cascade Arts and Entertainment
Bend, OR

 

“Refreshing and versatile.”
Mail Tribune
Medford, OR

 

“Wakefield wins over audiences with her Gillian Welch-like voice and intelligent lyrics.”
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Santa Cruz, CA

 

“A beautiful merging of the simplicity of the best folk and country music with all of the complexities of human relationships … The combination of desire and resignation that comes through on the title cut is particularly moving. I’m actually looking forward to my commute to work tomorrow, so I can listen again!”
Mark Stepakoff, singer/songwriter
Boston, MA

 

“Folky enough to rock a coffee shop near you, rural enough for her to perform the songs at a state fair.”
Cooper Lane Baker, Weekly Planet
Tampa, FL

 

“Introspective yet very much alive…there’s a lovely sense of the upbeat, even in Wakefield’s most brutally personal moments.”
Andre Hagestedt, Statesman Journal
Salem, OR

 

“Mare is sultry, cozy and funny; her voice slips somewhere between sweet maple sugar and cognac. Mare’s songs are personal but not agonizing; intimate, but not ponderous. She seems to hold a laugh behind even her more serious lyrics–a laugh and another lighter step.”
The Arcata Eye
Arcata CA

 

“Wakefield has a clear, energetic and confident voice that bounces off the band’s thick walls quite well and even holds humor.”
The Rocket
Seattle, WA

 

“Sweet and clever folk-pop.”
Willamette Week
Portland, OR

 

“Good–I liked Wakefield’s mix of humor and angst.”
Bob Doran, North Coast Journal
Eureka, CA

 

“Tender songs and a clear voice.”
The Oregonian
Portland, OR

 

“Expressive vocals & poetic writing.”
The Daily Triplicate
Crescent City, CA

 

“Back by popular demand.”
Tacoma Weekly
Tacoma, WA

 

“Wakefield’s voice can snake through a venue like an invisible conga line, grabbing listeners and pulling them along with a well-placed rhyme or pointed insight.”
The Register-Guard
Eugene, OR

 

“Stirring vocals.”
San Francisco Bay Times
San Francisco, CA

 

“Wakefield…was the surprise hit of the show. She…delivered a strong set…and stuck around to sing harmony with just about every performer on the bill. She has a beautiful voice, endearing stage presence and writes…with humor.”
WOW Hall Notes
Eugene, OR

 

“Her original songs blend humor and insight about everyday events…with tenderness and strength. Wakefield’s laid-back performance style instantly put the audience at ease, making her shows feel like a circle of friends rather than a concert.”
Tanya Igancio, The Source
Bend, OR

 

“[Wakefield’s] folk and pop songs are steeped in the everyday with humor and poignant insight.”
Auburn Journal
Auburn, CA

 

“Mare’s stronger playing [on Factory] is matched by her maturing voice. The notes come out easy…she’s enjoying herself.”
Aria Seligmann, Eugene Weekly
Eugene, OR

 

“Each song draws the listener in to a sort of sacred communion with the band…Wakefield opens her world to the listener, as each songs evolves into a charming story.”
Rebecca Shala, The Daily Barometer
Corvallis, OR