Laura Veirs – Karl Blau
Laura Veirs’ seventh album July Flame, which Colin Meloy calls “the best album of 2010,” explores the emotion of mid-summer. Drenched in wood smoke, sunlight, pollinators, pastoral dales, fireworks and warm nights, her lyrics explore the dichotomy between one’s desire for permanence and security and the realization that such things rarely exist. Nowhere on the album is this inherent tension more crystallized than on the title track.
On a day in late July 2008, when the sun was hot enough to melt the skin, Veirs and a friend stumbled upon a booth at the Portland, Ore. farmer’s market selling July Flame peaches. Veirs so liked the name that she suggested she and her friend each write a song with that title. They bought a bunch of peaches and canned them in their bathing suits on the hottest day that summer.
The peaches, spiked with cloves and drenched in syrup, turned out great, and the song is one of Veirs’ best ever.
“I’d been in a songwriting slump at that time and writing that song pushed me over my plateau and into a new place where I was surprising myself again. I invented oddball tunings so I was really using my ear to search out new-sounding melodies and patterns,” says Veirs. “I wrote this album from a searching, soulful place. I hope it elicits a real gut feeling.”
Born and raised in the sheltered Skagit Valley of the NW, touring the world singing and playing music for people seemed like such a dr-dr-dream for a such a sh-shy b-b-b-boy. As of this past year 2011, Blau has played his 1000th show out in the world, recorded 100′s of hours of music, and toured his nearly 40 solo albums all over the world.
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Event Category: Live Music
When: September 19, 2013
Where: Mercury Lounge
More Info: http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/