First Round of Tour Pics

Hi World, 

Greetings from Norfolk, VA. So far the tour has been going great.  Long drives in the van but we’re fine.  The Decemberists are kindly carrying our gear so no amp-heaving for us; we’re feeling un-exericised.  Good thing we’re on the 7th floor and the hotel elevator’s broken.

Thanks to all the kind people out there in the crowd…

xo Laura and the Flames

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Peter Broderick Interviews Laura Veirs

Laura Veirs performs at the Bella Union bus, July 2008. Photograph by Rich Thane.

Laura Veirs performs at the Bella Union bus, July 2008. Photograph by Rich Thane.

As a part of their series “Bella Union Week”, The Line Of Best Fit blog brought together Laura Veirs with former / sometime Portlander Peter Broderick, now labelmates in Britain.  It’s a nice interview that discusses the forthcoming July Flame in detail, the creative process, and makes a little room for free association.  Highly recommended reading.  And, if you haven’t heard Peter Broderick yet, find him on myspace.

“July Flame” On Deck, Tour Details.

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So much is happening! Here’s the update below.

NEW RECORD: “July Flame” – coming soon!
Release date in Europe: January 11, 2010 on Bella Union Records (bellaunion.com)
Release date in North America: January 19 12, 2010 on Raven Marching Band Records (ravenmarchingband.com)

We are happy to report that LV’s new album is coming out on Bella Union Records in Europe, and her own label Raven Marching Band in N. America. Her first few albums came out on Bella Union (the home of Fleet Foxes, Andrew Bird, Midlake, and many other great artists), and Laura’s delighted to be back in the BU fold.

After much deliberation, we decided the best thing in North America is to leap into the unknown and start LV’s label “Raven Marching Band” in earnest. With Chad Crouch (prez. of Pdx label Hush Records) at the helm and an enthusiastic crew in place, we’re confident we’re going to kick buttocks getting this album out to the people.

Check out the new websites, too!
ravenmarchingband.com

TOUR: LV and the Hall of Flames opening for The Decemberists
The band is very excited to be headed out on this tour next week.  The band will be singing songs from the new album as well as some of the old classics.

See the shows page for the complete dates and links to buy tickets.

Thanks so much for your continued support!

Love,
LV and the gang

Fall Tour w/ The Decemberists

Hey everyone! Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames will be touring with the Decemberists this Fall. Check out the shows page for more info. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, August 1st.

New tour dates have been added in Athens, Chicago, and Minneapolis! Check out the sidebar for all the info.

Highlights From West Coast Tour

Just got back from a great, short trip down and up the west coast. Eric thought of a hot name for the new band: “Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames.” Thanks to all who came out to the shows, and thanks to the Flames: Annalisa Tornfelt, Keeley Boyle, Nelson Kempf and Eric Anderson. Watch for us on tour again later this year. Yay!

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West Coast With The New Band

Veirs and gang are hitting the road next week, and they’re hoping to see you at one of the shows! Tour dates are below:

July 14: Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles
July 15: Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco
July 17: Mississippi Studios in Portland
July 18: The Crocodile in Seattle

Laura has put together a new group featuring Annalisa Tornfelt (fiddle, vox), Eric Anderson (bass, keys, vox), Keeley Boyle (vox, percussion, balalaika) and Nelson Kempf (percussion, guitar, vox). The gang will be performing old LV classics as well as songs from her new, unreleased album, “July Flame” (aptly titled for this tour… more news on the album soon). Expect a lot of gusto-riffic group singing.
Seattle-based “Cataldo” and Pdx-based “The Old Believers” — two of Laura’s favorite NW acts and also members of her new band — will open the shows. Be sure to come early to see these great young artists!New Band

Retreat Highlights

Hi Everyone,
Got back yesterday from an amazing artist retreat in new orleans sponsored by air traffic control (atctower.net) and future of music coalition (futureofmusic.org). here are some highlights:

— learning about all the great activist work artists are doing out on the road, from green(er) touring to speaking to congress while in DC to donating a portion of ticket sales to local activist groups. planning some ways i can make a more positive impact…
— feeling relieved that the people at ATC and FOMC are working day in and out to help artists have long-lasting careers (and healthy lives) and connect them to a world of activism.
— putting faces with the people who work so hard to relocate and rebuild the lives and homes of musicians who were forced to leave after Katrina — thank you sweethomeneworleans.org.
— meeting with a chief of a mardi gras indian tribe who works 4-hours a day hand-sewing beads onto incredibly ornate, elaborate and beautiful costumes (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras_Indians).
— touring the 9th ward and meeting musicians who have come back after the storm. seeing the slow rebuilding of what was complete devastation. also realizing how far we have to go…
— seeing the markings that the national guard spray painted on houses while searching for the dead by boat after the storm.– eating, talking and listening to kickass bands at dba, ernie k-doe’s mother-in-law’s, and dooky chase’s restaurant.– getting time to hang out with and get to know so many amazing musicians/artists…everyone was really open and sweet. it felt like summer camp.
— highlights from the benefit show at tipitina’s: singing in spanish and playing guitar with martin perna from antibalas, playing guitar (and reading an unfamiliar chart) with vijay iyer, watching erin mckeown play badass lead guitar, being backed up on “galaxies” by a 13-piece band including 4 trombones, a clarinet and a flute!!!
— absorbing the reality that new orleans is the cultural center of music in the US and that i owe so much to the people who live (and have lived) there… so many characters and eccentrics everywhere, so much suffering and also so much joy — it’s awesome in the true sense of the word…

thank you to everyone for such an eye-opening and wonderful trip!!!

xo laura


badass union organizer mary winzig and me


luke reynolds, jolie holland, saul williams and erin mckeown


luke reynolds and wayne kramer (MC5) getting ‘busted’ backstage


scott mccaughey (young fresh fellows, minus 5, R.E.M.) and steve berlin (los lobos) jamming with bonerama

West Coast July Dates

Laura will be playing a few west coast tour dates this July. Come check Veirs and her clan! Who knows, you might hear a few new tunes in the setlist…

July 14: Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles
July 15: Cafe Du Nord in San Francisco
July 17: Mississippi Studios in Portland
July 18: The Crocodile in Seattle

Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 23rd.

Also, if you’d like to follow Laura on Twitter you can find her @ lauraveirs

Two Beers Veirs Residency, T-Shirt Design

Hello again everyone! You can catch Laura and some friends (Chris Funk of The Decemberists, fiddler extraordinaire Annalisa Tornfelt, and Jon Neufeld of Jackstraw) live as we do another Two Beers Veirs residency at the LaurelThirst Pub in Portland. This special weekly show will happen every Wednesday night in April during happy hour (6-8pm), with Two Beers Veirs backing up one of their favorite Portland-based artists on three of their songs. And it’s free! Swing on by if you’re in the area.

Her latest self-released EP, also titled Two Beers Veirs, is hitting indie retail stores next week on Tuesday, March 31st with full artwork packaging. Limited copies of this EP were previously sold on tour and online until they sold out. Now you can pick up a copy locally — find a store near you at the Think Indie website. And if you prefer to download your tunes, the EP is also available on digital outlets like iTunes andAmazon.com. Check it out!
In addition to her musical happenings, LV’s also designed a shirt for the Yellow Bird Project, an organization that sells t-shirts designed by musicians with all the profits going to charity. Proceeds from the sale of her t-shirt will go to The Whale Museum in the San Juan Islands. You can purchase the shirt from the Yellow Bird Website.

Constructing “July Flame”

Hello, awesome world!

We are hard at work making a new record in our pdx cocoon. It’s called July Flame; and it’s my 6th album with Tucker Martine (winner of the best producer in the universe award)!@#)$(*@#)$(*@#)$(*@#)($ As far as musical guests go, expect the regular ragtag gang and a few newcomers as well. we’ve got finger-picking madness, feedback, claps, oohs, cat bells, weird surprises and more coming your way… stay tuned for updates/pics/ridiculous vids, etc.

Love,
Laura