|Birth name||Laura Pauline Veirs|
|Born||October 24, 1973|
Colorado Springs, Colorado
|Genres||Folk, chamber folk|
|Labels||Raven Marching Band Records, Nonesuch, Bella Union|
|Associated acts||Tucker Martine|
Raven Marching Band Records
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. She also signed to Bella Union for European distribution. Year of Meteors followed in August 2005, and was selected by the New York Times as a "critic's 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. In 2015, she worked on the album Carrie and Lowell by Sufjan Stevens. Veirs' husband and long term collaborator Tucker Martine engineered some of the album.
Veirs was lead songwriter for the 2016 album case/lang/veirs, a collaborative project between Veirs, k.d. lang and Neko Case. The album received positive reviews and a Metacritic rating of 82.
In April 2018, she released her 10th studio album The Lookout on her own label Raven Marching Band in North American and Bella Union in the rest of the world. It is a concept album about the fragility of precious things. It features contributions from Sufjan Stevens, Jim James and was produced by Tucker Martine.
In January 2018, she launched a podcast, Midnight Lightning, about the lives of musician parents. The first season features weekly interviews with 14 mother musicians such as Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Carol Kaye (legendary bassist), Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Meshell Ndegeocello, Amanda Bergman (Swedish artist) and more.
Also in early 2018 Chronicle Books published her first picture book, Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten. It's a story about folk music legend Elizabeth Cotten (aka "Libba") and was illustrated by NYC-based artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Libba was a Junior Library Guild selection and received the Parents' Choice Award.
Veirs currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Her 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 had a second son, Oz Rhodes Martine.
Raven Marching Band Records
In 2007, Veirs said about her lyrics, "I like to be personal in my writing, but not overly confessional."
- 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; Raven Marching Band Records, January 11, 2017)
- Year of Meteors (Nonesuch Records, August 2005)
- Saltbreakers (Nonesuch Records, April 2007)
- July Flame (Raven Marching Band Records (US), Bella Union (Europe), January 2010)
- Tumble Bee (November 8, 2011)
- Warp and Weft (August 20, 2013)
- The Lookout - Album (April 13, 2018)
- Two Beers Veirs (Raven Marching Band Records, 2008)
- 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
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