New year, new city, new beginning: Chris Pureka arrived in Portland, OR on New Years Eve 2012. She had been touring the US for the last 10 years, Europe the last three, performing unadorned, country-inflected folk music at cozy clubs and grand theaters, grassroots festivals and urban block parties. She had crisscrossed the states sharing the stage with such artists as the Lumineers, Sera Cahoone, Y La Bamba, Martin Sexton and Ani DiFranco.
But aside from a yearlong stint in Brooklyn, she had never lived anywhere outside her native Northampton, Mass. Shed always loved Portland, though, home to one of the strongest creative communities in America. Within months she had a new house, a. new garden, a new dog and new inspiration. She had a new place to call home. From here, she begins the next chapter of a career built on independence and intimacy.