Laura Veirs in-studio, 1-8-10
Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with assistance from Bill Ward
A bit of trivia: Laura Veirs was our very first recorded session when we began all of this roughly two and a half years ago. At the time, she had just moved to Portland and was working on making it feel like home, something she's had a chance to do while taking a break from touring, for the most part, following her last album Saltbreakers.
Her new album, July Flame, is also a result of that time, though- despite its effortless beauty- it was anything but easy in coming for Veirs. She talks to us about the creative block that she eventually managed to open for these songs, as well as the decision to release the album on her own Raven Marching Band label after the previous two with Nonesuch. The effort also marks a move away from composing with a full band as she had done in recent years, though Saltbreakers conspirators Karl Blau, Steve Moore and Tucker Martine all figure prominently on the playing (not to mention appearances from My Morning Jacket's Jim James and The Decemberists' Chris Funk, among others).
Veirs was joined in studio by her current touring band, The Hall of Flames, featuring Alex Guy on viola and vocals, The Old Believers' Nelson Kempf on keys, guitars and vocals, and Eric Anderson on guitars and vocals. Returning soon from a long tour, watch for Veirs' return to Portland March 12th at Mississippi Studios with The Old Believers and Cataldo, co-presented by opbmusic.
Photos: Jason Quigley
Video: Jason Quigley / David Christensen / John Kin
See the full photo set here.