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- Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Laura Veirs brings her solo tour to Turner Hall in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, tonight with opener Liam Finn. She spoke with ExpressMilwaukee about her latest Nonesuch release, 2007's Saltbreakers, and the complications that come from being both a songwriter and an un-tortured soul, as well as the joys of life in her new home of Portland, Oregon. To read the interview, visit expressmilwaukee.com.
- Sunday, May 4, 2008
After playing for two different hometown crowds this past weekend, first in her former home of Seattle and then in Portland, her home of the past two years, Laura Veirs takes her solo show to San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill, with opener Liam Finn. SFist encourages the locals to tear themselves away from the ongoing San Francisco International Film Festival, which runs for another week, to catch this one-night-only event. The site features a Q&A with Laura you can find at sfist.com.
For further tour info, click here.
About this Album
Nonesuch Records released Laura Veirs’s Carbon Glacier, her label debut, in August 2004. The album had received extraordinary praise in the UK, where it had been released the previous February. The Independent called it the “most enthralling album of the year thus far,” adding “it has the air of an instant classic, a benchmark by which future Americana releases will be judged.” Mojo called the record “incantatory, contemplative, literate,” and went on to say, “Laura Veirs might be the bridge between the alt-country ghetto and the Sheryl Crow-revering mainstream,” while Uncut, in a five-star lead review, called Carbon Glacier Veirs’s “first masterpiece … the unmistakable sound of a songwriter hitting her stride, pouring herself into each syllable.”
Veirs’s songs are steeped in natural imagery, blending influences ranging from folk to blues to punk. Then a Seattle resident by way of Colorado, Veirs’s background in geology and kinship with the rugged landscape she grew up in meld together with her punk performing roots to form an unusual musical outlook. Her collaborators on Carbon Glacier, The Tortured Souls, reflect this vision of a style that spans rock, jazz, and avant-garde: producer/drummer Tucker Martine has collaborated with Bill Frisell, Jim White, and Modest Mouse; viola player Eyvind Kang performs with Beck and Frisell while leading his own ensemble; Lori Goldston, who toured with Nirvana, plays cello; Steve Moore adds trombone and keyboards; and Karl Blau contributes bass, guitar, and vocals. (Both Moore and Blau are veterans of the Northwest underground folk and rock community.)
Carbon Glacier, Veirs’s fourth album, was released in the UK by Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins) on his Bella Union label, which also released her third album, Troubled by the Fire. Veirs’s first two albums, Laura Veirs and The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae, were self-released.
Laura Veirs, vocals, guitars, banjo-uke, glockenspiel
Steve Moore, piano, organs, vibraphonette, trombone
Karl Blau, bass, vocals, guitar, synth, sax
Tucker Martine, drums, percussion, treatments
Eyvind Kang, viola
Lori Golston, cello
Keith Lowe, upright bass (1)
Ajiana, Ja’kayla, Jamare Miller and Quiana Walker, vocals on 9
Recorded and mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, Phoenix, AZ
Drawings by Jason Lutes after Rockwell Kent
Design by Nina Frenkel and Pete Erickson
Adapted by Platinum Design Inc., NYC