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Tree album cover
Anna Elizabeth Laube
Guitar, harmonica, vocals, piano, banjo, bass, production, songwriting.
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
Anna Elizabeth Laube is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Songs have been featured on NPR, BBC Radio, Spotify Curated Playlists, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, and XM/Sirius Satellite Radio. The new album, Tree, debuted at #1 on the Euro Americana charts in October, 2016.
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. She has also received national honors that led to a collaboration with Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones, Allman Bros.) on her song "Oh My! (Oh Me Oh Me Oh My)."
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 jazz, twang, ragtime, blues and fingerpicking songwriter.
She is based in Seattle, WA, USA.
Suggested songs: All My Runnin', Sunny Days, Tree, The Most Beautiful Thing I've Ever Seen, XO
"[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.
Anna Elizabeth Laube is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and this is her fourth release. The nine tracks selected include a cover of Bob Dylan’s Wallflower, together with a version of XO, originally written by Beyoncé. In a way, these two extreme opposites sit as a perfect summary of this excellent artist who is prepared to take chances in her writing and song arrangements.
The title song is a sweet reflective piece that reflects on growing up and childhood memories. The innocence of youth is captured in lines like "You’re the hideout in my backyard”. The light touch and jazz swing of Sunny Days is just so sweetly subtle and sung in a lazy care-free style that frames a number of the songs here. The musicians are all very impressive in their varied cameo roles but it is the skills of Ms Laube that knits it all together, whether playing guitar, bass, harmonica, piano or just using her disarming voice.
The country-style violin that frames the Dylan cover brings the song to a new place and the Beyoncé track (XO) is given a stripped back acoustic guitar treatment with some very fine muted trumpet from Charley Wagner.
With previous releases, Laube has been honing her song-writing skills and this fells very much like a complete and mature realisation of the days spent learning her craft.