October 28th, 2010 by raven
“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.
October 22nd, 2010 by raven
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
October 20th, 2010 by raven
Laura will be touring the UK in February. The first show tickets to be offered are in London”s Union Chapel. (More to come!)
October 9th, 2010 by laura
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
September 28th, 2010 by laura
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!
September 24th, 2010 by laura
September 21st, 2010 by laura
Hi everybody –Â
This tour is going great. Â TN is a trooper and can be entertained in a variety of ways during our long hours in the van: a teething rattle, a plastic bottle, a piece of paper, funny faces, and many, many songs. This is the most singing I’ve ever done with a band in a van. Â We are in Nashville resting now at Grandma and Grandpa’s house, and off to Louisville tomorrow. Â We have a LOT of driving coming up, but we will take each day as it comes. Â Alex and Tim are playing their asses off, Gracie is a natural tour manager AND baby care-giver, the Watson Twins are sweet as they come, Tennessee is a smily, good-natured fellow and I feel tired but very lucky!
September 15th, 2010 by raven
Listen to the performance online at KEXP
See more photos and read a description on the kexp blog.
Meanwhile a profile recently ran on the Huffington Post, accompanied by sneak preview for a session recorded for Fogged Clarity.
Veirs has been putting out smartly arranged, lyrically cogent records for over ten years, but only recently gained the listenership she warrants with the release of this year’s July Flame.
Lastly, this plug for Laura’s NYC show ran in the New York Times:
Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames (Tuesday) Ms. Veirsâ€™s ballads, with electronics twinkling above soft acoustic guitars like stars in a perfect night sky, cast romance as both intimate contact and cosmic event
August 24th, 2010 by val
Ravenna by the sea — a beach resort and a spectacular historic city. Laura and the Hall of Flames played their last concert of this European tour last night on the beach as a full moon rose over the Adriatic Sea.
Tennessee got his first bit of beach sun and put his feet in the ocean for the first time. While we played on the beach the restaurant was transformed into a performance venue.
Leslie and I returned to the hotel in Ravenna and the band played until late. It was a good crowd and a great end to a great tour. After the music stopped, well after midnight, Karl headed for the airport in Venice to start his trip home to the Northwest.
Today Laura and Tucker and Tennessee enjoyed a much needed break from the long drives and evening performances. Leslie and I took in the sights of this ancient city — a world center for mosaics. A few are shown in the photos below.
Arrivaderci Italy and Arrivaderci to Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames. Tomorrow Leslie and I head off on our own and Laura, TN, and Tucker visit Venice before returning to Portland.
We ‘granny nannies’ have had a great trip across Europe; learning how to help little 4 month old Tennessee cope with the rigors of travel and enjoying watching and listening to Laura and her band create musical art that touches people deeply and seeing beautiful places and meeting great people.