Tree album cover
Anna Elizabeth Laube is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Her 4th studio album, Tree, was released in the fall of 2016 and debuted at #1 on the Euro Americana Charts. No Depression reported, "As with all of the best singer-songwriters, Ms. Laube can tell a magnificent story with the subtlety of the finest poets...worthy of Joni Mitchell circa Blue."
Born in Iowa City, IA, and raised in Madison, WI, Laube (pronounced "Lau" like "now" and "be" like "to be or not to be") moved to the west coast after college and soon recorded her first record, Outta My Head, behind which she toured extensively. "Her voice is an alluringly warm, friendly instrument--sweet without becoming cloying, tender and heartfelt and rich," wrote the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
Two more records followed, Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge and Anna Laube (recorded right before she started using her full name), before the release of Tree.
Laube has performed at numerous festivals including SXSW, The Monterey Blues Festival, Folk Alliance International, the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and has toured internationally. NPR describes her sound as "Intimate, heartfelt songs rooted in traditional Americana." Her expressive and versatile voice, high craft songwriting, and understated rootsy production are the constants in a collection that changes shades from folk to blues to fingerpicking songwriter.
Songs have been featured on NPR, BBC Radio, Spotify Curated Playlists, Deezer curated playlists, and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio.
She is based in Seattle, WA, USA.
Find music and info on Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Amazon, Tidal, Apple Music, Youtube, Google Play Music, Instagram, and Twitter. Listeners can also buy albums and singles directly from her online store or on CDBaby, and Bandcamp.
Tree, 2016, Ahh...Pockets! Records
Anna Laube, 2015, Ahh...Pockets! Records
Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge, 2009, Ginkgo Records
Outta My Head, 2006, Ginkgo Records
"[This] is a really, really good album...very deep, very brilliant."
"Her voice is an alluringly warm, friendly instrument—sweet without becoming cloying, tender and heartfelt and rich."
"Country, folk, and torchy pop gather like old friends in this San Francisco songstress's burnished tunes. Centered on softly insistent vocals (somewhere between Aimee's and Emmylou's), Laube's songs layer in plucky mandolin, quavering slide, and enough good faith to keep the campfire burning late."
"Anna Laube makes intimate, heartfelt songs rooted in traditional Americana. With a strong voice reminiscent of Neko Case or Jenny Lewis, Laube sings with a slight but refreshing country twang over a mix of blues, country and folk."
"You'll hear bits of Aimee Mann, Margo Timmins and Norah Jones here and there, but overall it's a lyrical voice that's wholly original."
Alan Harrison - No Depression
As with all of the best singer-songwriters Ms. Laube can tell a magnificent story with the subtlety of the finest poets, as is best captured in the title track Tree. I’m a man of ‘a certain age’ but can still remember what it felt like to be in the first flush of love; and Anna captures that magical time so well on All My Runnin’ which features some gut wrenching pedal-steel from Dan Tyack; ...Anna Elizabeth has turned Beyonce’s pop hit XO into a very brittle love song; worthy of Joni Mitchell circa Blue.
Fred Deller – Mojo Magazine – Third album from an Americana trailblazer – ★★★★
Sometimes I browse through old copies of Sing Out, recalling the era when folk merged into pop and the world seemed populated by songs written at campfire get-togethers to provide a new era of American standards. Anna Elizabeth Laube's music seems to have been inspired by those same pages...Country, folk and jazz are all in the mix–Laube recycles the whole Americana genre in a refreshing and impressive manner.
By Scott Gordon
Judging by new songs like "Hippie Boyfriend," Laube's still paying attention to the traditions of acoustic folk, but doesn't mind bringing the light-'n'-playful side.
Maverick Magazine by Caitlin Arthur
Laube's beautiful voice and driving tunes provide the perfect compliment to her chilled out lyrics and strike the perfect line between old and new.
Bryony Hegarty – Rock 'n Reel Magazine – ★★★★
Her self-titled new album is a collection of fresh, funny, and confessional recordings in the spirit of mindfulness and affirmation: original tunes, reworkings, and a cover of 'Satisfied Mind' that passes the bar gracefully high.