"When they sing you’re transported to a different dimension, an unearthly realm. Here, you’ll find safety and security, you’ll be able to rest, to find peace. And here, you’ll discover the courage you need to start living the life you want. - NPR
The coming together of Rebecca Marie Miller & Joy Pearson as Portland, Oregon’s Lenore., is serendipitous, to say the least. After individually hitting rock bottom — Pearson following a divorce & 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 years of lending their abilities to other projects, they finally found themselves spinning on the same axis when a chance meeting through a mutual friend at Portland's iconic Doug Fir Lounge sparked an immediate connection. A drunken night ensued & before they’d even scoped each other’s material, they'd committed.
Since that fateful evening, Lenore. can boast having performed at legendary PNW venues including the Doug Fir, Mississippi Studios, Aladdin Theater & Revolution Hall in Portland; as well as the Sunset Tavern, Triple Door & Tractor Tavern in Seattle. They've opened for Eric Bachmann, Laura Gibson, Blitzen Trapper, Gomez, The Mynabirds & they've performed alongside Peter Buck (R.E.M.), as well as Chris Funk & Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists. In August 2019 they were invited to perform at Traveler's Rest, a festival curated and run by The Decemberists with whom they shared billing, in addition to Sharon Jones, Death Cab For Cutie, Jeff Tweedy & Tune-Yards, to name a few.
Since forming Lenore., Miller & Pearson have gained full-time collaborators in seasoned Portland musicians Edward Cameron (classical guitar) & 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. welcomed Austin Christ (bass & electric guitar) to their musical family & they are often joined by Daniel Hunt (drums).
Patrick Dethlefs’ songwriting crests like a humble Townes Van Zandt, innocent of his own haunting melodies and lyricism. Dethlefs’ music offers folk Americana with effortless sincerity at a time when many acts strive purposefully to revive the stripped-down feel of a musical history long past.