SBL Entertainment and Harlow's Present
Emy Reynolds Band, Awkward Lemon
2708 "J" Street
Sacramento, CA, 95816
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Chris Pureka has 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.
Pureka's latest release, Chimera II, is an expression of transition, collecting seven tracks old and new, borrowed and original. Like its predecessor, it's both a coda and prelude, an assortment of songs that are vital and revealing and yet don't quite fit within the focus of her full-length albums.
The name refers to the three-headed creature of Greek mythology, part serpent, part lion, part goat. It's also a scientific term that describes an organism derived from two genetically distinct types of cells—a nod toward Pureka's background as a research biologist. Both contexts are apt: Chimera II is a grab bag of curiosities.
The two cover songs stand out immediately. "Like a Movie" was penned by friend and occasional touring partner Nicole Reynolds and recorded before Pureka's departure from Brooklyn to her current residence in Portland, Or. Cover number 2, "Play With Fire" was Pureka's contribution to a Rolling Stones tribute night at the Iron Horse Music Hall a few years ago; she delivers it here as a scathing indictment. "I felt like I had something different to offer," she says of her choice of covers. "It doesn't make sense to record a song exactly the same way someone else did."
Pureka wrote "Old Photographs" as part of a group project inspired by author T Cooper's memoir Real Man Adventures. "I usually write from my own experience," she says, "so having a project where I had specific direction was challenging and rewarding: an interesting opportunity to approach songwriting in a different way." Older composition "Barn Song" was recorded live at the Grey Eagle in Asheville, NC. The other live song, "Broken Clock," was recorded at the famous Daytrotter Studio in southern Illinois during Pureka's session there in July 2012.
Available June 25, Chimera II is Pureka's fifth release on her own Sad Rabbit Records. Soon after she'll be back on the road with her next headlining tour.
Emy Reynolds Band
Emy Reynolds grew up in the small town of Ojai, nestled in the valley just off the coast of Southern California. Her story began in high school, after singing at Carnegie Hall and touring in Germany/Austria with her choir. She was hooked on singing and being on the road. Upon her return, she began writing and almost immediately performing at local venues. Emy became known for her rare low raspy vocal coupled with lyrics of timeless tales. As the winner of Battle of the Bands in Ojai, Emy opened for Brett Dennen and that is where she met, Piper Denney who was in a different band at the time, but soon joined Emy and started performing as a duo. From this event she also met John Adair, President of Emoto Music, a Santa Monica/ Chicago based music licensing company. Emoto had Emy sing on a commercial spot for a nation wide Chevy Traverse commercial. In fall of 2009, Holly Schmidt joined the band, making it a trio of alternative singer-songwriter folk with rich vocal harmonies. Together, they recorded their first EP, Ode to the Stubborn with a friend. With the December 2009 release of the EP, they went on their first West Coast tour reaching Bellingham, WA. In 2010, Emoto had the band perform intimate showcases at advertisement agencies in Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco. In March 2010, as a result of Emy meeting Kasey Truman from Chop Shop Music at a Hotel Café show, her song, Tonight, was featured on Grey's Anatomy. Emy has been featured in a PSA covering Peter Gabriel's song, Mercy Street. Most recently, Best Day ever was in a Payless Commercial. Currently, the band is playing in Ojai, Ventura and LA. They have plans to record a full-length album and go on tour again soon.
The sound is something born from a group of friends and musicians gathered around coffee tables, around campfires, and in household backyards – simply sharing the joy of being together and making music. The music draws upon influences of folk, some bluegrass, but most of all the storytelling of singer-songwriters in the vein of Dylan, Young, and the Grateful Dead. It possesses an intimacy that is carried particularly by the lyrics – sung aptly with gentle voices powered by the strength only honesty can muster – and the great blending of Awkward Lemon is complete. It is the spirit of the jam band, mixed with the honesty and vulnerability of the lone singer songwriter bearing the more difficult struggles of the heart.
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