Bio

I write and perform songs on acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and ukulele. Most recently, I completed my fifth CD — a live record funded by fan contributions and pre-orders of over $20,000. Entitled Live At The Atlas, my latest work draws inspiration from some of the great live albums that shaped me as a songwriter (Nirvana: Unplugged, Ani Difranco: Living in Clip, Erykah Badu: Live, Fleetwood Mac: The Dance). The focus is acoustic, featuring one new song and fresh arrangements of 16 others from my previous full-length albums. I recorded Live At The Atlas before a live audience at The Atlas Performing Arts Center in the historic H Street Corridor of Northeast Washington, D.C. The album was released at the 9:30 Club and is now available on iTunes.

My most recent studio album, EVERYMAN, was produced by Jamie Candiloro (REM, Willie Nelson) and invites comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow. It features backing vocals from Ryan Adams, guitar work from Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne) and pedal steel from Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty). Film talents David Conrad (Wedding Crashers, The Ghost Whisperer) and Mark Schwartzbard (20 Feet From Stardom, Borat) shot the video for the first single, “Dig,” close to my hometown in Pittsburgh.  The music video for the album’s second single, “Ask For It,” is made up of footage from a sold out release show at one of D.C.’s top venues, The Hamilton.

I’ve spent almost 20 years touring and supporting 5 independent releases from my label, Overtime Records. “Overtime” comes from my days of fitting in studio time in the late evening and early morning hours before I was able to go full-time with music. My albums span the genres of Folk (EP – 2001, Proof – 2005), Rock (Keep Talking – 2009), AAA/Alt-Country (EVERYMAN – 2013) and Americana (Live At The Atlas – 2015). Chunky Glasses calls me “a skilled, assured artist,” Brightest Young Things says I’m a “local legend,” and AmericanaUK agrees, saying, “Laura is real talent.”

I would love to play for you sometime.

 

 

The Band:

Here is a little bit about some of the killer musicians I might be playing with when you come to a show:

Wes Lanich plays keys.  He has been a staple of the Washington, D.C. area music scene for over a decade.  Frequently hauling his Hammond B3 and Leslie speaker to gigs and recording sessions, Wes plays with a number of blues, R&B, and singer/songwriter projects in the area.  His first love is the music of Ray Charles.  “Ray’s music definitely got me hooked on the piano and organ when I was growing up.  I especially love the recordings featuring both Ray on the piano and Billy Preston on the Hammond.”

Tim Lyons is a multi-instrumentalist & recording engineer. He played his first professional gig at age 12, and has been making music ever since, supporting rock, pop, country, soul, bluegrass and jazz artists including The Tint, Dr. Awkward, Daniel Lee, Justin Jones, Laura Tsaggaris, Vim & Vigor, and District SkyPunch. Whether it’s playing guitar, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, mandolin or synthesizers, Tim is at home when doing whatever is needed to make songs & performances the best they can be.

Bobby Thompson plays all kinds of guitars.  He studied contemporary guitar at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA, and Berklee College of Music.  Bobby has toured and recorded with artists in many genres and calls the road his most important teacher.  He is the frontman of blues-rock group Revelator Hill.

Patrick “Hammer” Thornton plays bass.  He has been a professional bassist for over 20 years.  Pat studied music at George Mason Unversity and received his Professional Bass Certificate from Berklee School of Music.  He toured extensively with Pat McGee Band and currently plays with Toby Lightman, Taylor Carson and Tiffany Thompson.

Ben Tufts is a freelance drumset artist and educator.  In the past two years, he has performed over 300 shows with over 30 artists, all over the continental US.  He plays drums for Derek Evry, Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray, and The Cowards Choir.  He maintains a private teaching practice here in the DC metro area, and works with the band programs in area schools.