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Driving North

by Chris Pureka

Chris Pureka's much anticipated sophomore release: guitar-driven edgy folk with a passion and conviction that's hard to come by these days
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1. Silo Song
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2. Unwelcome
4:11 $0.99
3. 3 a.m.
5:06 $0.99
4. Burning Bridges
5:05 $0.99
5. Grey
5:15 $0.99
6. Porch Songs
3:59 $0.99
7. Afterall
4:36 $0.99
8. Reprieve
3:05 $0.99
9. Cynical
5:02 $0.99
10. Roadside
4:37 $0.99
11. Driving North
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Album Notes
[ Originally published on: Thursday, May 06, 2004 ]

Northampton songwriter Chris Pureka's new CD, ''Driving North,'' arrives with the chill of a retreating winter's last exhale. In its sparseness, her recording seems a woman's updating of Springsteen's ''Nebraska.'' The 11 tightly coiled compositions ride low emotionally, but rock with rhythms of the road. A performer like Pureka gets to see a lot of the road these days, now that she and her guitar are in demand - she has dates next week in Oregon, where she will open for Kris Delmhorst and headline at a women's festival. Tonight, though, she enchants a hometown crowd at the Iron Horse in Northampton, with a 7 p.m. CD release party. (Meg Hutchinson opens; tickets are $13 at the door.)
''Silo Song,'' on the new CD, uses that farm building as a metaphor for the place people shovel secrets, storing away hurts that need air and sunshine. ''3 A.M.'' extends a plaintive, late-night plea for reconnection with a missing friend. The title track ''Driving North,'' which closes her disc, charts a course away from the fortress of someone's disregard. The best company, on Pureka's dispiriting ride, is the artist's ability to draw a personal voice from the strings of her guitar, a talent best displayed on the instrumental ''Reprieve.'' Pureka's singing voice is like homespun fabric that, when she lets emotion rise, becomes flocked with gold. Even when her songs dip into depression, the love lifted from Pureka's frets is as bright as high beams.
-Larry Parnass
Daily Hampshire Gazette: Thursday, May 6th 2004



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Freakin' awesome!
The CD is great! I checked out a few songs on MySpace and immediately bought the cd. Awesome guitar and definitely meaningful lyrics! Hit Dallas soon, please!!!

Luke MacNeil

Absolutely Amazing Album
This is an amazing album. Masterfully written and played. My girlfriend hasn't taken it out of the car for 3 months. I used to have the mcdonalds jingle stuck in my head.... you know 'Ba dat ba ba baaaaa ... I'm lovin it' .. but now its more like 'We sang porch songs... we were rock stars...' Its infultrating my life. I'm glad that I picked this up, its one of the best albums I own. -


Absolutely Fabulous !!!
2 words: Porch Songs. Chris is an AMAZINGLY talented singer/songwriter/guitarist. Her words become your own ("Burning Bridges"). Her music is visceral and gritty ("Cynical")and it is because of those qualities that you fall in love with her music. (Not to mention her "knee" dance !) Buy the cd, throw in in your car, and just drive !


Amazing CD!
This is a great album! Totally worth every cent of your money. I only wish I could give it more than a 5 star rating!

Mindy Acosta

One word. Awesome.
This album was awesome. I got it two or so weeks ago. Usually I will listen to a new purchase 5 or 6 times and then have to stop before I get sick of listening to it. I’ve had this CD on repeat in my car since I bought it. There are no songs that I don’t like. The instrumental track was a welcomed surprise. Chris Pureka’s guitar playing is solid and beautiful and it is backed up with a voice full of emotion. I have recommended this CD to numerous people and will continue to do so.


Life-altering. No, I'm not exaggerating.
I'm one of those college kids that listens to anything and everything and has enough music to listen for a year straight and not hear the same song twice. I LOVE my music and it defines much of my life.

I've had this album for about a year, and I've probably listened to it weekly or more since then. I'm here at CDBaby reordering it because I left my disc at home for my parents when I moved, and I still have a copy on my computer. I'm considering a 16-hour round trip drive to see Chris live because unlike last year, she won't be playing near me.

Yes, it is that good.


What an awesome CD. Chris has an amazing voice. I love the cd and listen to it all the time!


Let they who have not been heartbroken press stop
Chris has proven with this cd that she is an artist to be taken seriously. I challenge anyone to listen to this cd and not be moved. Her lyrics capture the experiences we've all had with love and loss with a clarity that defies descrpition. My anticipation for this cd has been satisfied beyond my expectations.


Outstanding new voice provokes passions
Driving North is one of the more exciting new albums i've heard this year. Crisp fingers on the guitar, honey lyricism, and a brave voice charmed me into listening to the CD on repeat for several days. Solid through and through. (Plus, Chris is cute.)


absolutely love it! poetically powerful and full of talent. special thanks for 3am and porch songs!
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