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Laura Veirs grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her songwriting inspiration. Veirs didn’t seriously listen to music until she was in her 20s; instead, she just heard what was in her environment. She listened to folk, country, classical and pop music around the house and on the radio during her youth.
Attending Carleton College in rural Minnesota, Veirs latched onto feminist punk rock from the Pacific Northwest, eventually starting an all-female punk band called “Rair Kx!”. Laura studied geology and Mandarin Chinese. After college, she embraced older country and folk music. Her first foray into songwriting started with a geological expedition in China, where she served as translator. She was miserable and immersed herself into writing lyrics as a way of coping.
Veirs is fascinated with the intersection of art and science and she explores that in her work. Prior to 2020, she had released 10 albums and has toured extensively in her 25-year career. She has collaborated with Neko Case, kd lang, Sufjan Stevens, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists and many others. She’s also a podcaster (Midnight Lightning, about musician parents), an award-winning children’s book author (Libba, about folk musician Elizabeth Cotten), a mother and a songwriting teacher through Stanford University’s Continuing Education Program.
Now Veirs returns with her 11th studio album, 'Echo', which she describes as her 'songs knew I was getting divorced before I did’ album. In this new batch of songs she imagines escaping from some sort of prison or cage. Advancing age, the confines of domesticity, the oppressive government and the threat of the apocalypse permeate these songs. In these songs her heart craves certainty and permanence but none is to be found. It’s an album about disintegration. It reveals the artist’s intuition at work.
Event Venue & Nearby Stays
Hare & Hounds Kings Heath, Hare & Hounds, High Street, Kings Heath, Birmingham, United Kingdom