Laura Veirs

Born 24 October 1973.
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Laura Veirs - Another Country interview

American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs talks about her latest album of children's nursery rhymes.

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Laura Pauline Veirs (born October 24, 1973) is an American singer-songwriter.

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.

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".

Veirs released Saltbreakers in 2007. July Flame appeared in January 2010 on her Raven Marching band label. The Washington Post praised it.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Tumble Bee

    Tumble Bee 2011

    Reviewed by Laura Barton
    Children’s songs old and new, presented with a lustre and sleepy delightfulness.
  2. Review of July Flame

    July Flame 2010

    Reviewed by David Sheppard
    Veirs returns to the fingerpicking folk milieu that characterised her early records.
  3. Review of Saltbreakers

    Saltbreakers 2007

    Reviewed by Sue Keogh
    There she is, all nerdy and serious-looking in her trademark specs...
  4. Review of The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae

    The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae 2004

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Veirs' slightly spooked voice conveys a strong sense of place, especially when she...
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