Michigan native Stef Chura writes wistful, visceral songs inspired by her life experiences. Equally influenced by '90s alternative/indie rock and '60s-'70s folk-rock, she has a distinctive fingerpicked guitar style and an unmistakable twangy voice.
After moving from upstate Michigan to Ypsilanti in 2009, she began performing solo and releasing demo tapes, quickly becoming a fixture of the local music scene. She put together a band with Amber Fellows and Shelley Salant (both later of Rebel Kind
) in 2010, and they released a tape in 2011. She moved to Detroit in 2012, played bass in a few local bands, and released more of her own material on cassette. After meeting drummer Ryan Clancy (Jamaican Queens
, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.) in 2014, the two began playing together. They recorded Chura's debut studio album, Messes, in 2015 with engineer Fred Thomas
, who also played on the album. Three songs from the album were released on a split EP with Anna Burch
, Failed Flowers), which appeared on Palm Tapes in 2016. Detroit label Urinal Cake Records
released Messes in early 2017. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi