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Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF

Portland, Oregon, United States | SELF
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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Macabea, 2011.
Steamroller, 2012.



On her debut album, Macabea, Heather Flores, whose vocals elicit comparisons to Sally Ellyson and Jolie Holland, weaves stories, images, and poems lovingly gathered throughout years of geographic, artistic, and intellectual exploration. The result is darkly stirring tapestry of Southern and Eastern European-tinged folk songs filtered through the mind of both a wanderer and a visionary.

In a musical arena awash with roots, folk, and revivalist acts, Flores stands out as a voice and a talent who truly came of age in corners of the world most performers only imagine. Her life as an activist, visual artist, fiction writer has taken her all over the country and the planet, a path allowed her to grow worldly while still deeply engaging with individual communities built around art and sustainability. Best-known to date for her community-based approach to permaculture, Food Not Lawns, Flores has parleyed her diverse and far-flung experiences into a career that feeds people, minds, and a swiftly-growing catalogue of subtly moving songs about a life most unusually led.

Born in Portland, to a 19-year-old hippie/groupie single mother, Heather grew up on the road, immersed in 1970’s west coast rock and roll culture. By the age of 15 she was on her own, surfing couches through the drug-addled late 80’s LA punk and ska scene (think house parties with then-unknown band Sublime.) By her early twenties, Heather had found her way back to the Northwest, diving full force into the high-profile forest defense campaigns of the mid 1990’s, and in 1999 she co-founded the original chapter of Food Not Lawns. In recent years she has shifted her focus from direct action and environmental education to a more subtle, yet undeniably effective form of activism: folk music.