Dear Nora

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Dear Nora
Origin Portland, Oregon
Genres Rock, indie pop
Years active 1999–2008
Labels Magic Marker, States Rights Records, Valve Records
Associated acts Lloyd and Michael
Manta
Dirty Projectors
Casiotone for the Painfully Alone
Website Katy Davidson and Friends
Members Katy Davidson
Past members Gretchen Hildebran
Jaime Knight
Jake Longstreth
Marianna Ritchey
Nora Roman
Antonio Roman-Alcalá
Ryan Wise

Dear Nora was an indie pop band formed in Portland, Oregon in 1999 by songwriter, vocalist, and guitarist Katy Davidson, drummer and vocalist Marianna Ritchey, and bassist Ryan Wise.[1] Ritchey and Wise were previously members of Wolf Colonel.[1] They named their new band after Lewis & Clark College music professor Nora Beck.[2] Dear Nora's first album, We'll Have a Time, was produced by Amy Linton of The Aislers Set and released on the Portland label Magic Marker Records in 2001.[1]

After moving to San Francisco, Davidson continued to record under the name Dear Nora with a rotating cast of band members. The band released two more main albums, Mountain Rock (2004) and There Is No Home (2006), as well as several 7" singles and EPs.[1] From 2004 to 2007, they performed locally in San Francisco and toured with musicians such as The Blow, Mirah, and YACHT.[3][4]

After a tour of Florida with Casiotone for the Painfully Alone in 2008, Davidson retired the name Dear Nora, though she continues to record music.[2] In 2006, Davidson moved to Los Angeles, where she and Ritchey recorded Just as God Made Us under the name Lloyd & Michael on States Rights Records.[5] Davidson now resides in Portland and performs under the name "Key Losers."

Discography[edit]

  • 2000 - Make You Smile (7"), Magic Marker Records
  • 2000 - Dreaming Out Loud (7"), Magic Marker Records
  • 2001 - We'll Have a Time, Magic Marker Records
  • 2002 - The New Year, Magic Marker Records[6]
  • 2003 - split w/ Mates of State (7"), Polyvinyl Records
  • 2004 - Mountain Rock, Magic Marker Records[7]
  • 2005 - split w/ What the Kids Want (7"), Shake Got the Beets Records
  • 2006 - There is No Home, Magic Marker Records
  • 2008 - Three States: Rarities 1997-2007, Magic Marker Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Thomas, Bryan. "Dear Nora". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  2. ^ a b Gnade, Adam (2006-10-12). "Up & Coming (concert listings)". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  3. ^ Dear Nora at MySpace
  4. ^ Heller, Jason (2005-11-17). "Dear Nora". Denver Westword. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  5. ^ Dear Nora, States Rights Records
  6. ^ Cramer, Stephen. "The New Year [EP] - Dear Nora". Allmusic. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Heaton, Dave (1 December 2004). "Dear Nora: Mountain Rock". PopMatters. Retrieved 26 November 2011. 

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