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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
On her third Nonesuch release, Laura Veirs remains fascinated by the natural world, filling her work with images of the ocean and the stars. But she digs even deeper this time, incorporating the turbulence of her own life and the larger world into this collection of songs.
The continuing collaboration with producer Tucker Martine (The Decemberists) allows for experimentation and inventiveness, which, according to Pitchfork, showcases Veirs’s “indulgence in flights of verbal fancy.” An example of this is the track “To the Country,” which was recorded in the Nashville cabin of Johnny Cash and June Carter and which features an eight-person Baptist choir. Veirs describes the experience as “transcendent.”
On Saltbreakers, Veirs is accompanied by her longtime studio and touring band, originally called the Tortured Souls, who now bear the same name as the album. The band traveled the world touring in support of Veirs’s previous Nonesuch albums Carbon Glacier and Year of Meteors. “The band has gotten really close,” says Veirs. “We’ve become a family.” The group includes Veirs on vocals and guitar, Karl Blau on bass, Steve Moore on piano, and Tucker Martine on drums. The title track of Saltbreakers also marks the debut of her fellow players as backing vocalists. Most of the album was recorded in Seattle.
Laura Veirs, vocals, guitars
Karl Blau, guitars, bass, vocals, saxophone, keyboards
Tucker Martine, drums, percussion, beats, vocals, white noises
Steve Moore, piano, keyboards, bells, euphonium, vocals
Eyvind Kang, viola (1, 2, 7, 8, 10, 12)
Bill Frisell, electric guitar (8)
Keith Lowe, upright bass (2, 4, 8), electric bass (9)
Cedar Hill Choir (Billy Blackwood, Ericka Chambers, Todd Dixon, Laurie Adams Klein, Sarah Valley, Ashley Mofield, Michael Peasall, Sarah Peasall), vocals (8)
Produced by Tucker Martine
Recorded and Mixed by Tucker Martine at Flora, Seattle, WA
Tracks 7 and 8 mixed at Avast!, Seattle, WA
Mastered by Roger Seibel at SAE, Phoenix, AZ
Choir tracks recorded at the Cash Cabin in Hendersonville, TN; engineered by Trey Call
Photography: Autumn deWilde
Nautical collage: Clyde Peterson
Design: Dale Smith
Executive Producer: David Bither