After 14 years, Michelle Branch is finally out on the road to support her new record Hopeless Romantic. Branch ran into roadblocks in her career having several albums shelved by her label and now free, she's taken on a daring sound that is Branch all grown up. She'll visit Marathon Music Works in Nashville, Tenn. on Aug. 13 to perform familiar songs like "Breathe" and "Everywhere" and present her new material that she's long waited to release. At the show, Branch has a surprise for fans in the area.
Branch confirmed to the Tennessean that she will reunite with Jessica Harp for a one-night-only performance at the Marathon Music Works venue. The two were once a country duo by the name of The Wreckers from 2004 until 2007 after only recording one album. The Wreckers had recorded a second effort but that too was shelved by the label. It has been seven years since Branch has seen Harp and she told the publication they will do several of their tracks.
Michelle Branch moved away from Nashville in 2010 feeling down on her luck in the industry. Following the label shelving The Wreckers' album and also rejecting a solo effort, Branch moved back to Los Angeles where she continued to work on new material. She'd gone through a breakup and was tired of seeing her ex's friends around Nashville. She's now back in Nashville with fiancé Patrick Carney of The Black Keys and poured her heart out on Hopeless Romantic.
The Wreckers released Stand Still, Look Pretty in 2006 and went on to score a No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart. "Leave the Pieces," a feat not done by a female duo since 1953. Branch would later perform the song with Kelly Clarkson during Clarkson's Stronger Tour in 2012 in L.A. Following the Grammy nominated "Leave the Pieces," The Wreckers released "My, Oh My" which would go on to reach No. 9 on Hot Country Songs. Their final single "Tennessee" was a top 40 hit and that was the end of the ride for the duo.
Jessica Harp would go on to record a solo album, A Woman Needs, in February 2010 and landed a top 30 hit in song "Boy Like Me." Harp however hasn't forgotten her time as one half of The Wreckers. In 2016, she took to her Instagram account to cherish änniversary saying, "Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined what would materialize from two best buds who just loved making music together. A joke between friends became a side project...which ultimately became a full time project of blood, sweat, tears, laughter and love.