|Birth name||Laura Pauline Veirs|
October 24, 1973 |
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|Labels||Raven Marching Band, Nonesuch, Bella Union|
Veirs was raised in Colorado, studied geology and Mandarin Chinese at Carleton College, worked as a translator for a geological expedition in China, and now lives in Portland, Oregon. Laura Veir's parents originally hail from Tramore, Co. Waterford, Ireland, she herself used to spend summers there and has sung about it in her songs.
While growing up, she heard folk-country, classical, and pop music at home. However, she didn't "listen seriously," she says, until her 20s. At Carleton, she joined an all-girl punk band called Rair Kx!. After graduation, her taste moved to older country and folk, and during her time in China she began writing lyrics.
In 1999, Veirs released a self-titled album, which was recorded live and featuring just herself and guitar. 2003 saw the release of Troubled by the Fire, accompanied by veteran musicians such as Bill Frisell. She then signed to Nonesuch and released Carbon Glacier. Year of Meteors followed in August 2005. Year of Meteors was selected by the New York Times as a "critics choice".
In November 2011, Veirs released the album Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children. The album presents mostly traditional songs, and features an array of guest musicians, including Colin Meloy, Jim James and Bela Fleck. Tumble Bee won a Parents' Choice Award in 2012.
In September 2012 her first feature film soundtrack was released: Hello I Must Be Going. The exclusive soundtrack features eight instrumental versions of previously released songs, five catalog favorites and one new vocal track, Spring Song.
In August 2013 she released "Warp and Weft" to widespread critical acclaim.
Veirs's husband, Portland-based producer Tucker Martine, has produced her last nine albums, and plays many instruments on the records as well. Their first son, Tennessee Veirs Martine, was born in April 2010. In May 2013 they welcomed a second son, Oz Rhodes Martine.
- Laura Veirs, Raven Marching Band Records, 1999
- The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae, Raven Marching Band Records, 2001, Bella Union, 2005
- Troubled by the Fire, Bella Union, 2003
- Carbon Glacier, Bella Union (UK), February 2004, Nonesuch Records (US), August 2004
- Year of Meteors, Nonesuch Records, August 2005
- Saltbreakers, Nonesuch Records, April 2007
- July Flame, Raven Marching Band Records/Bella Union, January 2010
- Tumble Bee, November 8, 2011
- Warp and Weft, August 20, 2013
- Lore of Ears, Kelp Monthly, 2004
- Hello I Must Be Going from director Todd Louiso, starring Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Abbott and Blythe Danner, Raven Marching Band Records, September 2012
- "Black-Eyed Susan (demo)" on Remote Wing, Knw-Yr-Own, 2001
- "The Water's Gone (But Life Is Long)" (with Danny Barnes) on Shipwreck Day, Knw-Yr-Own, 2002
- "17" on Flotsam and Jetsam: 2005 What The Heck Fest Sampler, Kelp Monthly, 2005
- "Cast a Hook in Me" on The Sound the Hare Heard, Kill Rock Stars, 2006
- An exclusive version of "Nightingale" on Paste Magazine Sampler 39, 2007
Also featured on
- The Young Rapture Choir, RMB, 2006
- "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)", The Decemberists's The Crane Wife, Capitol, 2006
- "Sailor System" by Your Heart Breaks, Don't Stop Believin Records, 2006
- "Dear Avery", The Decemberists's The King Is Dead, Capitol, 2011
- "Biography". lauraveirs.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
- Wheat, Mark (3 March 2010). "Laura Veirs performs in The Current studios". Retrieved 4 March 2010.
- Critic's Choice: New CD's; Year of Meteors; Laura Veirs
- "Our Review". Washington Post. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- "First Listen: Laura Veirs, 'Tumble Bee'". 30 October 2011.
- Salmon, Ben (22 October 2010). "Laura Veirs, Weinland play Bend". The Bend Bulletin. Retrieved 16 April 2011.
- Boilen, Bob (December 21, 2009). "Exclusive First Listen: Laura Veirs". npr.org. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Laura Veirs.|
- Official website
- Laura Veirs at AllMusic
- Raven Marching Band Records, "label" for self-releases
- Interview with Laura Veirs