Mei caught up with Chris Pureka via email while Chris was backstage at her show in Philly. Don't miss her show here tomorrow night! We're big fans of her songwriting and voice. Think Gillian Welch + Ryan Adams + Neil Young kind of vibe. Be there! [Random note from Luke: I saw Chris using a Porchboard Bass, an amplified percussion device you play with your foot, at a show a few years ago. At the time, I was searching for something like it and loved the sound Chris was getting. I found one and have been using them ever since. They are amazing and a perfect percussive accompaniment to the acoustic singer/guitarist.]
Where was the first your first show?
The first time that I ever performed in public was at an open mic in my home state of CT. I was absolutely terrified. I felt like I was going to throw up. I had really, really terrible stage fright for the first several years of my performing career. Some of my first actual shows I ever played were opening up for some great folk acts that came through to play where I went to college (Wesleyan Universtiy). Erin Mckeown and Pamela Means were two super memorable ones!
What artist/ band would you say you are most influenced by?
My influences are constantly changing. Each record I have made has been influenced by different bands. Some artists I love: Gillian Welch, Beach House, Ryan Adams, Damien Rice, Wye Oak, Elvis Perkins, Josh Ritter, But when I was growing up I listened to a lot of early folk that my Dad had on cassette - like Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens and Neil Diamond – I think that I have always been draw to the sound of the acoustic guitar.
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What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences?
I toured in Russia for about 2 weeks a few years ago. We almost got arrested, slept on trains 1 out of every 3 nights, ate pickled everything, and met some of the most lovely generous people ever. It was a wild time.
What two words would best describe your music?
Sad Rabbit (I had to! My self founded record label is called Sad Rabbit Records!)