(Photo by Kim Smith-Miller)
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 a divorce and Miller after a period of destitution in Los Angeles —
the pair separately turned to songwriting in the search for a still point in their turning worlds.
After years of lending their abilities to other projects, including Saddle Creek’s The Mynabirds, and Portland’s own High Water Jazz Band,
they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting through a 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 two years since that fateful evening, 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, Triple Door, and Tractor Tavern in Seattle. They've opened for the likes of Eric Bachmann, Laura Gibson, Esme Patterson, and ex-collaborators, The Mynabirds,
and have shared the stage with Peter Buck (R.E.M.), as well as Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee (The Decemberists).
Since forming Lenore., Miller and Pearson have gained full-time collaborators in seasoned Portland musicians
Edward Cameron (classical guitar) and Jessie Dettwiler (cello), who have contributed significantly to the evolution of
Lenore.'s sound — a dreamy melancholic blend of harmony-driven folk with an ever present sense of hope.
More recently, Lenore. began playing with a rhythm section that features a rotating cast of bassists and drummers.
Lenore. will release their debut self-titled album produced by John Askew on 9/15/2017.
Their first singles, Sharp Spine (feat. Eric Bachmann) and Ether's Arms are out now on iTunes and Spotify. Pre-order the entire album HERE.