The coming together of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller as Portland's newest folk duo, 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, less than a year since the fateful night, and the couple can already boast having performed at legendary Pacific Northwest venues including the Alberta Rose Theater and Doug Fir Lounge in Portland and the Sunset Tavern in Seattle, opening for the likes of Eric Bachmann and ex-collaborators, The Mynabirds.
Lenore released a three-track Living Room Sessions EP in January and will continue to showcase their melancholic blend of vocally driven folk and Americana as they prepare their debut full-length for expected release later this year.