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Wed May 4 2016 – 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall

The bold vulnerability of Chris Pureka’s songs is appealing to an exploding number of fans. She releases her sixth CD, the aptly titled Back in the Ring, this spring.

John Pareles of The New York Times wrote,“An interviewer asked Chris Pureka to sum up her music as a haiku. I will: Folky sorrowful songs of loneliness and hurt, longing to reunite. Her tunes have the grave Appalachian flavor of Neil Young and Gillian Welch; her guitar playing is subdued but quietly virtuosic. And her voice can be a desolate whisper or a bitter accusation. There’s no comfort, for her, in the clarity of her observations.”

Chris’s elegant emotionality as a vocalist and powerful immediacy as a lyricist have inspired comparisons to Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, Bruce Springsteen and Patty Griffin. The Portland-based singer-songwriter has earned accolades from The New York Times, Paste and Magnet, and shared the stage with Dar Williams, The Lumineers, The Cowboy Junkies, Gregory Alan Isakov, Martin Sexton and Ani DiFranco. Along the way, Chris has remained fiercely independent, selling nearly 50,000 albums through her own label, Sad Rabbit Records..

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