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Laura Stevenson

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Laura Stevenson was born and raised on Long Island into a family of mariners and music makers. She spent many of her younger days on the sugar barges of NY harbor with her father and uncles, who all made their living on the water, at one time running one of the largest fleets on the Hudson. Meanwhile, her mother’s parents were successful musicians; Harry Simeone , the composer and choral arranger responsible for such works as “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Do You Hear What I Hear?” and Margaret McCravy (stage name McCrae), a singer from South Carolina who got her start accompanying her elder siblings “The McCravy Brothers,” a harmonious gospel folk duo, before continuing on her own to record and tour with bandleader Benny Goodman. Armed with her grandfather’s love for modernist dissonance, a genetic predisposition for harmony, and with her sea legs firmly planted in the traditions of American folk singing, Stevenson began creating melodies at a very young age. “My mom would find me in my room, looking out the window, out at the street, singing by myself, sometimes crying,” she laughs, “I was a weird kid.”

At around five Stevenson began playing piano by ear, and at that point her mother decided lessons were a sound investment for the young musician.

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  • gurrykaboom

    Laura said they dropped "the cans" because: 1. the lineup of the band changed so much since the beginning that the original "cans" weren't all in the band I think there were only two or three that originally began playing in her band, so she felt that it was sort of odd to keep calling them the cans even though the original cans were no longer part of the group. 2. Many jerky people (specifically some guys over at sputnik music) constantly make jokes pairing "the cans" with her chest and it was bothersome so she decided with them all to just drop "the cans".

    19 May 2:23am Reply
  • Vinicccius

    Voz amigável, prestativa, sucinta, amarga, tímida e linda ♥

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Motiv3ter

    Wheel = AOTY. Already one of my favourite albums of all time.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • SimonePerrota

    Wheel's fast becoming one of my favorites for 2013.

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Sawoi

    Such a great musician. Not to mention that she's pretty damn cute.

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Slargrave

    More like Laura Stevenson and Her Cans, amirite?

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • spareanygp

    christ

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Maagikki

    She better NOT be waiting for Universal or Sire or any of those bloodsucking behemoths. I'd hate to see a genuinely awesome female songwriter be willingly scooped up for three albums of bland Tori Amos/Fiona Apple Starbucks-core, only to be spat back out on the streets to wonder where all her old fans went. Remember why you wrote songs in the first place, Laura! If you get my drift.

    9 Sep 2013 Reply
  • rustedembrace

    The cans actually decided to start their own band. its called "The Cans"

    2 Sep 2013 Reply
  • spareanygp

    if the cd sounds like her then it probably is!

    1 Sep 2013 Reply
  • shitscud

    Did she do the DIY circuit YEARS ago? Did she ever wear glasses? I recall seeing a Laura Stevenson in Austin at the Artillery (324 Tillery, DIY punk warehouse spot run by a buncha Philly kids) in the summer of '06, she performed with my friend Steve Arceri and others. I got a CDr entitled 'I Hope You Guys Like Songs' from her as I really enjoyed her performance, but I don't know if this is the same person... Anyone?

    21 Aug 2013 Reply
  • MickeyRulezD00d

    When I saw her live she came out and said "Hi, we are Laura Stevenson and the Cans" so I don't think it was entirely her decision. Also, it isn't a big deal.

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • idiotintraining

    I JUST realized that they dropped 'the Cans' part. That's kinda of a shame. Seems like a gimmick to commercialize. Her music should be enough.

    6 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Motiv3ter

    tbh i just kept the cans tag because its a hell of a lot easier....and I want my laura plays together dammit! <3.

    10 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Armadillo_Lord

    Laura Stevenson is a heartless egotistical bitch. What are you TOO COOL for "the Cans" now??? it's all about me, me, me, isn't it Laura??? you're just waiting for Universal to sign you to sing pop songs, so you can drop them all together aren't you???

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • pondrafi

    the bright side is, now we can vote the photo as a default

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • lazybasch7

    people with a fuck ton of plays on original tags, that's who

    18 May 2013 Reply
  • zxlkho

    Who gives a fuck about tags

    14 May 2013 Reply
  • lazybasch7

    apparently they dropped "and the cans" to make PR a lot easier.

    9 May 2013 Reply
  • robotsalad

    I'm sticking with this tag. This is what it was on the LP and Don G download.

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
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