Gibson describes La Grande as a place that “people usually pass through on their way to somewhere else, but which contains a certain gravity, a curious energy.”
Laura Gibson, in her very first year of playing the Northwest scene, has received great attention and praise from venue owners, producers, local musicians and regular folks in pubs and coffee shops. With honest poetic lyrics, captivating vocals and intricate acoustic guitar, Gibson has stirred emotions and has quickly gained a dedicated following in the Northwest and beyond. With strong talent and compelling songs, it is no surprise that there was a buzz of anticipation surrounding the November release of her debut EP, Amends.
Amends, produced by Drew Grow (formerly of Five O'Clock People), feels like conversations in a dusty saloon, like letters from an old girlfriend. Gibson shows rare vulnerability, and even in her most sarcastic moments, paints a picture of hope and redemption. Joining Gibson in her debut album is a crew of talented musicians including members of the band Careen (Drew Grow, Andy Uppendahl, Patrick Tetreault, Graeme Enkelis), acclaimed singer/songwriter Kelly Jones, upright bassist Wayne Miller (Chad Bault Band) and violinist Wendy Goodwin. The band adds unique textures and gives flesh to Gibson’s music, yet it is her rich voice and acoustic guitar that shine.Tracks range in style from the Elvis-ish Soul, to the down home bluegrass hymn O love, to the gritty folk-rock of Amends, to the stripped and vulnerable the longest day. The six songs are brilliantly and beautifully woven together.
Influenced by artists such as Aimee Mann, Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, Elliot Smith, Bob Dylan and Cowboy Junkies, she has established her own unique sound of urban folk, the perfect blend of old and new, neither naive nor cynical. She has shared the stage with several well-respected local and national musicians (Laura Veirs, Katy Bowser, Bill Malonee among others). With the release of her EP, Laura will surely establish a local and regional presence while performing at universities, pubs and coffee houses.
|About Laura Gibson|
|Laura Gibson is a Portland-area folk singer and songwriter. She was raised in Coquille, Oregon.She currently records for the independent U.S. label Hush Records. In 2008, she toured the United States as the opening act for Colin Meloy. She also added vocal harmonies to his Colin Meloy Sings Sam Cooke EP. In 2009 she toured the first time in Europe with Micah Rabwin and Sean ...|
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