Ok. Welcome to the French vortex! VAN BROKE DOWN! Spent a day in a parking lot waiting for two tiny rental cars. Jammed and recorded a demo in the back of the van. That night I barfed six times before going on stage. In the morning, Tucker and Gracie followed suit. Drove two six-hour days with all knees crammed into seats and dashes. Â Tenn slept in the reeking Parisian green room bathroom and then we finished up a recording in there (the only quiet place around!). Through all these struggles Tenn, when not screaming as babies do, was a remarkably cheerful tour mascot. Â And the show in Paris was lovely. Only one show to go in London at Union Chapel with Sam Amidon tomorrow. God bless this delightful and uncomplaining touring party! xo LV
Tucker joined us in Brussels yesterday. Hooray! We loved playing the show there last night — the place was packed and we played four encores. Â Alex and Tim were on fire and everything felt great. It was like that in Utrecht, too. Some gigs are OK and some are magic. Â We go for the magic! Touring with baby means we A. take lots of pictures of the baby and B. are so busy we don’t take so many pictures of the venues, crowds, etc. Â I’m feeling very grateful today for this wonderful life of music and for being able to bring my family to work with me. Now… for some fun times in France. See you soon…
Hi! We are having a blast zooming around Europe. Â Three Italian shows down, now two in Switzerland, and off to Holland in the morning. Tim Young is the guitarist on fire, Alex Guy is the violist with soul, Tim Matthew is the tour manager/sound engineer/driver putting all others to shame, Gracie Koester is the super nanny and baby Tennessee is the funniest, most go-with-the-flow and cute tour mascot ever. Â The food is amazing and we’re getting a much-needed sun infusion. Â Thanks to all who have come out so far to join us at the shows. Â More soon…
Here’s to the new year (Year of The Rabbit).Â Let’s hop to it!
We are pleased to announce July Flame has been rated Best of 2010:
#10 American Songwriter
#47 NPR Listeners’ Poll (Thanks listeners!)
Laura is flattered to not only to make the top 50 from American Songwriter, but the top 10!
1.Black Keys â€“ Brothers
2.Mumford and Sons- Sigh No More
3.Dylan LeBlanc â€“ Pauperâ€™s Field
4.Jamey Johnson â€“ The Guitar Song
5.Yeasayer â€“ Odd Blood
6.Robert Plant â€“ Band Of Joy
7. Phosphorescent - Hereâ€™s To Taking It Easy
8. Neil Young â€“ Le Noise
9. Arcade Fire â€“ The Suburbs
10. Laura Veirs â€“ July Flame
Also, please take a second to vote in the NPR readers poll for Laura Veirs – July Flame! (Filed under “L”)
Laura Veirsâ€™ seventh album, released in the blustery throes of January, takes its name from a kind of peach that finds its way into farmerâ€™s-market bins in the hottest weeks of the yearâ€”a peach, the story goes, that cured her of a nasty bout with writerâ€™s block one steamy Portland afternoon a few summers back. Still, itâ€™s hard to imagine a better soundtrack to the chilly months of wood smoke, crackling leaves, deep Vs of geese honking overhead and squash simmering on kitchen stovetops than this collection of heady, steady, pensive songs. Itâ€™s a feel-good record of the oddest sort, a melancholy meditation on happiness and its delicate transienceâ€”warmer and rootsier than her earlier work, which boasted a kind of cautious experimentalism. July Flame is carefully composed, ever-deepening, glinting and glowing in new ways each time itâ€™s played; thereâ€™s an inkling of something greater coming just around the bend, but for now itâ€™s Veirsâ€™ finest work. And so let us curl up in our burrows with these songs and our own flickering July flames â€™til the green shoots return and the rivers run full again. â€œItâ€™s gonna take a long, long time,â€ Veirs sings on her resolute final track. â€œBut weâ€™re gonna make something so fine.â€â€”Rachael Maddux
1. Dec 4: OPB LIVE WIRE at Alberta Rose Theater with Annalisa Tornfelt on violin and vocals.Â This radio variety show’s guests include Conan O’Brien Writer Todd Levin, rumpus.net founder Stephen Elliot, urban homesteader Harriet Fasenfest and essayist Justin Hocking. Recorded live before a studio audience. More about LIVE WIRE at their website.
2. Dec 19: Two Root Beers Veirs headlining You Who at Kennedy School 1 pm.Â This is a hedlining appearance at a kid’s variety show.Â The Two Root Beers Veirs band features John Moen (Decemberists), Nate Query (Decemberists), Chris Funk (Decemberists), Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prarie) and Jon Neufeld (Jackstraw) as Laura’s backing band. They play old-time covers on rolicking banjo with vocal harmonies other instruments. Read more about You Who at their website.Â And get advance tickets online or at Black Wagon (3964 N Mississippi Ave)!
3. Dec 31: Two Beers Veirs New Year’s at Laurelthirst – Also with John Moen (Decemberists), Nate Query (Decemberists), Chris Funk (Decemberists), Annalisa Tornfelt (Black Prarie) and Jon Neufeld (Jackstraw) as Laura’s backing band.. This show always sells out so get your tickets HERE now! — this is a GREAT and really fun way to spend the New year.
Laura just finished up another leg of her winter tour schedule with her trio band mates Alex Guy and Tim Young. We have the complete concert posted for you to watch.
The Portland crowd was ready and willing to compete with gusto in the international “Ba ba ba” Life is Good Blues competition. Lets’ see if crowds across the pond can’t dethrone Oregonians from the top finishers!
Laura also took the opportunity to play a few from The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae:
Laura will be visiting some new and familiar European cities in 2011.Â She’s been touring with a confident three piece which she says has allowed her to relax and really enjoy her performances.Â Here’s hoping you can make it out to see her!
No shows booked at the moment.