The coming together of Rebecca Marie Miller and Joy Pearson as Portland, Oregon’s Lenore., was serendipitous, to say the least.
After individually hitting rock bottom — Pearson following a divorce and Miller after a period of destitution in LA —
the pair separately turned to songwriting in their search for still points in a turning world.
After many miles and moons spent lending their abilities to other projects, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued and before they’d even scoped each other’s material, they'd committed.
Just three years after that fateful evening and Lenore. can boast having performed at legendary PNW venues including Portland’s
Mississippi Studios, Aladdin Theater and Revolution Hall; as well as Sunset Tavern, Fremont Abbey and Tractor Tavern in Seattle. They've toured nationwide and have opened for critically acclaimed artists Eric Bachmann, Laura Gibson, Josiah Johnson, and The Mynabirds.
They’ve also performed on stage with musical heroes like Chris Funk and Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists and Peter Buck of R.E.M.
In August 2018, Lenore. was invited to play Traveler's Rest, a festival curated and headlined by The Decemberists, alongside acts that included
Mavis Staples, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Tweedy and Tune-Yards. Most notably, in July 2019 Lenore. will make their debut appearance
at the iconic Newport Folk Festival, performing on the For Pete’s Sake stage, named in honor of folk hero Pete Seeger.
Miller and Pearson initially formed Lenore. as a duo, but have long since gained full-time collaborators in seasoned Portland musicians
Edward Cameron (classical guitar), Jessie Dettwiler (cello) and Austin Christ (bass and electric guitar).
While Miller and Pearson share the songwriting duties, each member of Lenore. contributes significantly to the band’s sound –
A dreamy and ever-evolving, melancholic yet hopeful, blend of harmony-driven folk.
Lenore. released their self-titled debut album produced by John Askew on 9/15/2017. It’s available everywhere you find your music.
The band recorded two singles in early 2019 and released the anthemic Thick Skin, Tender Heart in March of the same year.
Sirens, a haunting and sweeping follow-up single is expected to release in July 2019.