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Colorado Springs CO, United States (1999 – present)

Laura Veirs (born Laura Pauline Veirs on 24 October 1973 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American .

Veirs was raised in Colorado, studied geology and Mandarin Chinese at Carleton College, worked as a translator for a geological expedition in China, and now lives in Portland, Oregon. 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 / pop, around the house & 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!”. Veirs 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.


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  • samarkand2004

    Funny how i heard recently again 'Galaxies'; in the sfie movie Coherence (too!) !... remembered me immediately a familiar voice i knew from the past and... bingo, at the end of the credits, was Laura Veirs name :) ..and so i immediately got her 2 last LP.. and again, some pure little jewels inside. nice, nice..NO, those kind of gentle 'adulescent' feminine adult voices (singing like little girls.. a whole genre came from that it seems^ *D ) are NOT only for things like Grey Anatomy, arf.. loved it outside that latter thing.. as i discovered her initially so.. nice rediscovery :)

    20 May 6:34pm Reply
  • asteroid1717

    it makes so much sense that her middle name is Pauline

    11 May 3:38am Reply
  • mada11

    Did I hear Neko Case on her most recent album?

    30 Dec 2014 Reply
  • wolfgan1

    Coherence soundtrack!

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • gui_x

    it feels like a rainy sunday afternoon

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
  • liegewiese

    Hi, I uploaded some new photos of her, would be nice when you vote for them. There are too long the same showing...

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    Excellent show in Norwich last night,got me listenin to more albums and also the album by Led to sea ,a great support act

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    great new album can't wait to see her live next month

    19 Oct 2013 Reply
  • peepingtom72

    only discover her today.i like

    21 Sep 2013 Reply
  • mixplusik

    Warp and Weft is what is written on the physical packaging and what I'm scrobbling it as, but whoever sent the album to all digital retailers/Spotify labelled it Warp & Weft.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • VitorMach

    At first I thought "Warp and Weft" was going to be the "canon" (as that's how the official website usually calls it), but apparently "Warp & Weft" became the de facto title. So I suppose "And" should auto-correct to "&", but unfortunately won't let us suggest corrections for album titles, only artist and track names...

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • gardengnome514

    Warp & Weft or Warp and Weft?

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tlukes123

    New album is excellent!

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • emcxmc

    Brilliant! The magical universe of Laura Veirs, always delivers.

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • cabfedhig

    just can't get into her music no matter how hard I try, but I adore all her "similar artists"

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • tlukes123

    Looking forward to a new album this month!

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
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  • futhamucka

    I'm upset no one put me on this shit.

    25 Feb 2013 Reply
  • vassiliq

    Perfect music for reading or studying :)

    28 Jan 2013 Reply
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