On episode #273 of his podcast, the BobbyCast, Bobby Bones chatted with Jessica Harp, one half of country duo, The Wreckers, who were active in the early 2000s and released the hit song, “Leave The Pieces.” On the podcast, Harp talked about how she and duo partner Michelle Branch formed the group and if they’d ever team up to make music again. Going into the history of the duo, Harp shared that she became friends with Branch through their similar music styles.
“[Our friendship began] on the internet, believe it or not,” shared Harp. “She’s from Sedona, Arizona and I was in Kansas City, and we both had websites promoting our independent music. We had mutual fans who thought that we sounded alike and that kind of connected us and we were really good friends from there on out.”
Soon after they connected, Branch’s solo career started taking off with her debut hit, “Everywhere,” and subsequent singles. Branch then asked Harp to join her on the road to sing backup while Harp worked on her own career.
“It was fantastic, I was so thrilled for her,” Harp says of Branch’s success. “The road can be a lonely place at times, so pretty much from the start, she’s like, ‘Hey, just come on the road with me. Hang out.” Which then kind of turned into us writing, which then kind of turned into me singing backup, and ultimately led to The Wreckers.”
In 2006, The Wreckers released their debut song and biggest hit, “Leave The Pieces,” which topped the Country charts. They later released their second single, “My Oh My,” which peaked inside the Top 10. The duo was also nominated for a handful of awards, including CMAs, ACMs, and one Grammy Award. Branch and Harp decided to disband in 2008, but now Harp has shared that there may be a reunion in the works.
“Is there any chance, I’m asking here, any chance that you would reunite?” Bones asked Harp.
“Well, you may be in luck,” responded Harp. “We’re in touch, we still talk, we talk about The Wreckers and what we might feel like doing with The Wreckers in the future, so yeah, the potential is there.”
Since recording this podcast, The Wreckers have taken to Instagram to hint at a reunion, posting an old photo of the two of them with the caption, “2020 doesn’t deserve this. See you in 2021.”
To hear more from Harp, listen to episode #273 of the BobbyCast.