Anna Elizabeth Laube is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Her 5th album, Annamania, was released in early 2021 and debuted at #2 on the Euro Americana Charts. "Some people just seem to have the right, deft touch to craft beautiful songs across a range of styles. Anna Elizabeth Laube is one of these master crafters of song," wrote Americana UK of the album, a compilation which features 13 of Laube's best songs including a new single, "Jardim da Estrela," about Lisbon, Portugal, where she is currently based.
Born in Iowa City, IA, and raised in Madison, WI, Laube (pronounced "Lau" like "now" and "be" like "to be or not to be") recorded her first record, Outta My Head, after moving to San Francisco. "Her voice is an alluringly warm, friendly instrument--sweet without becoming cloying, tender and heartfelt and rich," wrote the San Francisco Bay Guardian of the album, which she recorded primarily in her living room, as well as in the home studio of Papercuts' Jason Quever and at DNA Studios in Madison.
Two more records followed, Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge and Anna Laube (recorded right before she started using her full name), while she lived nomadically and toured extensively, before the release of Tree, her acclaimed 4th studio album. 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." "XO," a folky Beyoncé cover, found its way to Spotify playlists and has garnered over 17 million streams and counting. Additionally, originals such as "Tree," "Sunny Days," and "All My Runnin'" from the album have been featured on official Spotify playlists such as Folk & Friends, Infinite Acoustic, Acoustic Chill, Fresh Folk as well as Deezer and Pandora official playlists.
Laube had the idea for a retrospective mid-pandemic, while living in her parents' attic and plotting next moves. The album has been well-received, particularly in Europe and the UK, garnering airplay and interviews from BBC Stations, other prominent radio shows across Europe, and publications in folk and Americana.
Laube's music has also been featured by Netflix and the Criterion Collection, and she has performed at numerous festivals and venues including SXSW, The Monterey Blues Festival, Folk Alliance International, Daytrotter, the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and has toured internationally.
Her expressive and versatile voice, masterful songwriting, and understated rootsy production are the constants in a growing collection of that changes shades from folk to blues to tender, fingerpicking songwriter.
Find music on Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, Amazon, Tidal, Apple Music, videos on Youtube, Anna on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Listeners can also buy albums and singles on Bandcamp and become patrons on Patreon.
Annamania, 2021, Ahh...Pockets! Records
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
Tree album cover
"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."
"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."
"[This] is a really, really good album...very deep, very brilliant."
"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.
Americana UK - by Peter Tomkins
"Anna Elizabeth Laube is one of these master crafters of song...a stunningly gifted song-writer..."
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.