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.
“This was the inspiration For July Flame” Laura reveals as she discusses making The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae ten years ago, and the decision release it for the first time on *red* vinyl ten years later.
For now it is exclusively available HERE from The Raven Marching Band Shop, featuring an instant download with an unreleased bonus song from those sessions.
Occasionally you hear stories of gestures of generosity and goodwill in the peer to peer digital age but to those in the business they can sometimes seem like urban legends.Â So to dispel the myth that everyone has turned to file sharing, or freeloading, we offer up proof positive from our PO box that people will pay, unprovoked, for music they discover via sharing.
Thanks Matt!Â And thanks to all who lend support with their purchases!
I just started listening to your music and like it!Â I downloaded 2 albums from the library, and wanted to pay you for them.Â See you + looking forward to new albums,Â Matt
Laura will be touring the UK in February. The first show tickets to be offered are in London”s Union Chapel. (More to come!)
Home now! Â Thanks to all who came out and supported and hosted us on our tour through the East, South and North. Montreal wins the Best Crowd Participation Award. Â So many rosy-cheeked singers! Â Tennessee impressed me with his ability to go with the flow on so many long drives and weird green room situations (the pic below sums up the tour). Â The little guy (now 5.5 months) has visited 20 states and 8 countries already. Â We are all resting now and gearing up for another run up the West Coast in a couple of weeks. Â Love, Laura and the gang
A smaller-than-usual but very participatory crowd in Chicago last night. They get the award so far for “Best Crowd Participation on ‘Life is Good Blues’ and ‘July Flame.'” Chicago is the place to beat!Â
Tim has been eating some weird-ass sandwiches: #1. peanut butter, jelly and tortilla chips; #2. peanut butter, ham and cashews (!); #3. peanut butter, oranges, prunes, cheerios, wine-infused chicken (!!!). What’s next?Â
Yesterday in Chicago: a walk along the lake with Aunt Barbara, bibimbap at a Korean place down the street, a short guitar lesson from Tim (triad inversions interrupted by waking baby), laundry and two naps. Cleveland bound now… only four more shows to go but many, many miles to cover. We are tired but spirits are still high. Go team!