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Chris Pureka
Cafe Montmartre
Madison, WI
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Chris Pureka
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. Theres no comfort, for her, in the clarity of her observations.  John Parales, THE NEW YORK TIMES (CMJ Review OCTOBER 2008)

For a woman who frequently performs solo and whose compositions are more quiet than clanging, Chris Pureka is making a lot of noise.  [Dryland] is an album of musings on intense relationships and road-weariness. These broad narratives have attracted an increasingly diverse fan base, as she has sold more than 10,000 copies of her two full-length albums and her EP-and that's just Nielsen SoundScan's figures.   BILLBOARD MAGAZINE (SEPTEMBER 2008)

Chris Pureka, another Billboard Underground favorite, played to a packed room directly after, summoning the spirits of Gillian Welchs Revelator or Ryan Adams Heartbreaker. And break hearts she did. Her husky moan cradled her adoring fans and her funny between-song banter brought em home.  Katie Hasty (CMJ Review OCTOBER 2008)

Such a gifted guitar player and singer that you have to listen to each song twice, once for her guitar playing and again for her passionate lyrics...."

Chris Pureka performs with an earnest intensity reminiscent of Amy Ray. Her soft melodies and mellow vocals almost seem better suited to a campfire gathering than a club. Time Out New York

Dryland's essays and musical sketches plunge the listener into sensitive and moving tales accompanied by Chris Pureka's Stevie Nicks-style guitar
plucking and distinctive voicethis young singer/songwriter has much to offer.  Introspective and deep, the landscape is akin to Neil Young's Harvest
The AllMusic Guide

Her songs, a skillful blend of those two genres, are held together by her weathered vocals, understated acoustic guitar, masterful songwriting, and the soul of poet much wiser than her 27 years. Hybrid Magazine

Chris Pureka is turning heads in indie singer-songwriter circles across the country. The 27-year-old folkie started playing out a few years ago and has since amassed a national audience for her pure, haunting voice that lingers in front of her elegantly skillful, finger-picking guitar work. Her earthy approach has earned comparisons to Gillian Welch The Asheville Citizen Times

Today, as always, few songwriters are able to channel emotion into tales of universal heartbreak, struggle, and redemption. Massachusetts native Chris Pureka is among that rare breed of artist. With her second full-length album, last year's Dryland, she displays an uncanny ability to express her own joy and sorrow and reflect something much bigger than herself - an ability that is the hallmark of the most affecting American folk and country music. Hybrid Magazine

Chris Pureka sings with a raspy voice that's as dry as the Dust Bowl. Her music is as stark as solo  Springsteen and as edgy and deep as Lucinda Williams.  The Minneapolis Star Tribune/Jon Bream

a refreshing anomaly in the contemporary music business. The Washington Blade

The songs careen through Pureka's heart, giving us snapshots of hope and strength, weakness and despairAnd even after that, it's still clutching your heart. This is a beautiful album.The Greensboro News and Record

An emotive singer and poetic lyricist, she has an ability to reach inside and wrench out personal narratives that can be more engaging than many a seasoned
folk musicianMetro Santa Cruz

 A New England folkie with a parched, wounded voice and a mean way with an acoustic guitar, Pureka makes romantic depression seem, somehow, invigorating.LA Daily News
Somewhere this [song] should be playing on a midnight train rolling across moonlit rolling hills in the high plains of Wyoming. One can only imagine that, if Charlie Parr was listening right now, hed be smiling.Duluth Budgeteer on Compass Rose [track#8]


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Cafe Montmartre
127 E. Mifflin St.
Madison, WI 53703
United States



Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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