Live Video: Laura Veirs

photo by Renata Steiner

It’s always interesting when you learn about an artist’s path to recognition – and it’s even more captivating when it involves details and arcs you’d never expect. This is the intriguing life of singer-songwriter Laura Veirs: she was raised in Colorado in the 70s, where she studied geology and Mandarin Chinese. She didn’t pay close attention to music until her 20’s, when, in college, she joined an all-girl punk band called Rair Kx before eventually taking up acoustic folk song writing (and she wrote lyrics while living and working in China). Then, in 1999, Laura Veirs released her self-titled album, opening the musical flood gates, culminating in 2005 when the New York Times chose her album Year of Meteors for a “critics choice” award. All of this twisting and turning led Veirs recently to Seattle (three-hours north of where she lives now in Portland, OR) for a stop at KEXP to perform an in-studio with Cheryl Waters, which you can see here. Watch it now before she embarks on another adventure.

Full performance:

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