American singer-songwriter based in Portland, Oregon.Laura Veirs was born in 1973 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Attending college in Minnesota, she studied geology and Mandarin Chinese. At that time, she joined an all-girl punk band called "Rair Kx!" before moving towards older country and folk.She put out her own self-titled album Laura Veirs, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar, in 1999. She has since made several records with producer (and husband) Tucker Martine.
Laura Veirs is an American singer-songwriter. She grew up in Colorado, where she often spent summers camping with her family, which gave her much of her song-writing inspiration. She recently transplanted to Portland, Oregon from Seattle, Washington.
Veirs has said that she 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.
She put out her own self-titled album Laura Veirs, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar, in 1999. She has since made five highly acclaimed records with producer Tucker Martine. 2003 saw the release of Troubled by the Fire, a full-band effort that found the artist sharing the studio with such luminaries as Bill Frisell and violist Eyvind Kang. She signed to Nonesuch Records the following year with the atmospheric follow-up Carbon Glacier. Year of Meteors followed in August of 2005. She collaborated with The Decemberists on "Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)", from their 2006 album The Crane Wife. Her sixth record, Saltbreakers, was released worldwide on Nonesuch Records in April 2007. Her seventh album July Flame was released in January 2010.
Veirs tours frequently in Europe, the US and Australia both solo and with her backing band Saltbreakers, consisting of Karl Blau on bass, guitar, and backing vocals, keyboardist Steve Moore, and Tucker Martine on drums.
Laura Veirs is an American singer-songwriter.
Veirs was raised in Colorado. While she heard folk-country, classical, and pop music at home, she didn't "listen seriously," she says, until her 20s. While she was a college student at Carleton College, she joined an all-girl punk band called "Rair Kx!". She now lives in Portland, Oregon. After graduation, her taste moved to older country and folk. At Carleton she studied geology and Mandarin Chinese. After graduation, she worked as a translator for a geological expedition in China; during the trip she began writing lyrics.
In 1999, Veirs released self-titled album, which was recorded live and featuring just her and guitar. 2003 saw the release of Troubled by the Fire, accompanied by veteran musicians such as Bill Frisell, Amy Denio and Fred Chalenor. 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 and July Flame in January 2010 on her Raven Marching band label. The Washington Post said it "may well be one of the best releases of 2010."
Portland based producer Tucker Martine has produced her last six albums, and plays many instruments on the records as well. On April 22, 2010, Veirs and Martine had a baby boy named Tennessee Veirs Martine.