All Songs Considered co-host Robin Hilton theorizes on Tumble Bee (The forthcoming collection of folk songs for children), “I’m guessing that what she thought as a mother, as new parents often do, they realize there’s no good music for children to listen to.”
“And the father of that child is Tucker Martine,” chimes in host Bob Boilen. “Tucker Martine is no slouch to music.Â He’s made some of the best records of the decade.”
“When I first saw it I thought this could be a groaner… I don’t know, but I put it on and fell in love immediately”, confessed Hilton.Â “How could I have doubted for a second that Tucker Martine and Laura Veirs would put out a great Children’s record?Â …That’s the trick with children’s music right?Â It’s not children’s music, it’s music for children and it’s something that the parents can enjoy too.”
Listen to the show and hear the song at npr.org
We are excited to announce the upcoming release of Laura’s new album “Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children,” hitting the pavement November 8 on Raven Marching Band Records (N. America) and Bella Union (rest of the world). Produced by the great Tucker Martine, the album “plumbs the American songbook” and features guest appearances from Colin Meloy, Jim James, Bela Fleck, Karl Blau, Basia Bulat and Brian Blade among many others. Stay tuned for info about pre-ordering an album.Â Coming soon… two new videos, a making-of-the-album video, and winter tour dates. Good times!
Here’s the tracklist:
1. Little Lap Dog Lullaby – Traditional
2. Prairie Lullaby – Billy Hill
3. Jack Can I Ride? – Traditional
4. Tumblebee – Karl Blau
5. King Kong Kitchie Kitchie Ki-Me-O – Traditional
6. All the Pretty Little Horses – Traditional
7. The Fox – Traditional
8. Jump Down Spin Around – Harry Belafonte
9. Why Oh Why – Woody Guthrie
10. Down in the Medder – Laura Veirs/Karl Blau
11. Soldier’s Joy – Jimmy Driftwood
12. Jamaica Farewell – Lord Burgess
13. Prairie Dream – Rob Burger
Laura and the Hall of Flames Trio (with Tim Young and Alex Guy) are playing a few shows coming up:
Thurs Aug 4 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Fri Aug 5 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
Sat Aug 6 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
Also, a quick trip to Europe:
Fri Sept 23 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Rotonde
Mon Sept 26 – Antwerp, Belgium – Trix Club
Please join us!
In other news, Laura and Tucker have finished a new album called Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children. Stay tuned for details of the release. Laura’s also been enjoying time with her family in the Portland sunshine and writing new songs.
Listen to this!:
Where Are You Driving?
It’s the latest songÂ performed by the amazing Young Rapture Choir of Angouleme, France.Â Patrice Cleyrat is the wild-haired, tight white-panted teacher of around 35 middle school kids who have done versions of Laura’s songs before (you can buy The Young Rapture Choir – Perform Songs of Laura Veirs CD HERE )Â The choir has also performed the works of Nirvana, The Pixies, Grandaddy and others.Â Patrice is awesome and has tons of energy and vitality and so do his kids. We love the Young Rapture Choir! Find out more about them here: youngrapturechoir.com and myspace.com/youngrapturechoir.
Pictured below: Tucker, Patrice and his wife Alicia, and Laura in Portland last year.
Hear ye, hear ye:Â “Make it Pop!â€ a benefit concert for PDX Pop Now is hereby announced.Â Get your tickets for this special, intimate show with a great cause now!
Eric Earley (of Blitzen Trapper)
Israel Nebeker (of Blind Pilot)
with DJ Jeremey Petersen (opbmusic.org)
Thursday April 28th, 2011 | Doors: 6:30 pm | Music: 7:30 â€“ 11:30 pm
The Cleaners at Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Avenue Portland, OR 97205
$35 | Tickets Available Here
Ace Hotel Portland | Anne Amie Winery | Bakery Bar | Beast | Captured
by Porches Brewing | opbmusic.org | RACC Work for Art
A few more pics of our journey…
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…