The coming together of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller as Portland’s newest folk outfit, Lenore, is serendipitous, to say the least. After individually hitting rock bottom — Pearson following her divorce and Miller after a period of destitution in LA — the pair separately turned to songwriting in the search for a still point in their turning worlds.
After several years of lending their abilities to other projects, including Saddle Creek’s The Mynabirds, and Portland’s own The High Water Jazz Band, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting through mutual friend, Pokey LaFarge, sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued, and before they’d even scoped each other’s material they had committed.
Now, just over a year since the fateful night and Lenore can boast having performed at legendary Pacific Northwest venues including Mississippi Studios, Aladdin Theater,
and Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, as well as the Sunset Tavern and Triple Door in Seattle, opening for the likes of Eric Bachmann and ex-collaborators, The Mynabirds.
They are accompanied onstage by seasoned Portland musicians
Edward Cameron(guitar) and Jessie Dettwiler(cello).
Lenore released a three-track Living Room Sessions EP in January of 2016 and will continue to showcase their melancholic blend of vocally driven folk and Americana as they prepare their debut full-length for expected release in 2017.
Lenore is taking a short break from performing to focus on wrapping up our debut album with producer John Askew.