After hearing guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps perform, Pura Fé was inspired to pick up the acoustic lap slide guitar, a dying tradition and style that was once strong in eastern N.C. native communities. After three months of teaching herself her own songs on guitar, she recorded her 2nd solo album, Follow Your Heart’s Desire, released on the Music Maker label. The album was a collection of anthems, stories, protest songs and Iroquois/Tutelo Social Dance songs, that all state the influence of Indigenous music on Blues music and history.
One year later, she opened for Neil Young in Berkley, CA., singing Rise Up Tuscarora Nation and Find the Cost of Freedom. As a solo artist, she has also opened up for Herbie Hancock, Taj Mahal, Al Jarreau and George Duke.
Pura Fé won a NAMMY (Native American Music Award) for Best Female Artist in 2006. She also won a L’Académie Charles Cros Award (France’s Grammy) for Best World Album.
Pura Fé’s third album, Hold The Rain, was released in 2007 with Seattle-based guitarist, Danny Godinez. This album includes an upbeat cover of the song Summertime. Hold the Rain was released in the states through the Music Maker Relief Foundation blues label.
In late 2009, she released her 4th album, Full Moon Rising for both Music Maker and Dixie Frog and began an extensive tour throughout Europe with her new CD, which features several artists including members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Danny Godinez, Cary Morin, and others.
She currently tours with her band, the Pura Fe’ Trio, which consists of Cary Morin on lead guitar and Pete Knudson on percussion. Her 5th solo album, a live double CD, was released in the spring of 2011: “A Blues Night in North Carolina.”