10/16 Gainesville, FL - High Dive
10/17 Savannah, GA - Live Wire
10/18 Charleston, SC - Tin Roof
10/20 Louisville, KY - Zanzabar
10/22 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Café
10/25 Woodstock, NY - Colony Café
10/26 North Adams, MA - MMCA
10/27 Cambridge, MA - Club Passim
The Queen of England is coming to New Orleans! No not Queen Elizabeth, a young lady by the name of Laura Marling....
Falling for Laura Marling
For the select few of you who haven’t discovered the talented folk singer Laura Marling, you are certainly missing out. The 22 year old prodigy from the UK was nominated for album of the year for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008 for her debut LP Alas, I Cannot Swim, while also taking home Best British Female Artist at the Brit Awards. Lastly, she snatched the coveted Solo Artist at the NME awards in 2011. England adores her, and she is quickly building a fan base all over the World.
Laura has come a long way from her upbeat pop song ‘London Town’, with haunting melodic tunes such as ‘Ghosts’ and ‘Tap on my Window’. She’s hooked up with Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale, (who produced her first album), while also contributing vocals on their debut record. At the ripe old age of 18 she picked up a kid named Marcus Mumford to play drums with her and set sail for America. Following that she toured the states with Johnny Flynn, Nathaniel Rateliff, and the renowned quartet Mumford and Sons. With only five years under her belt and three solid records complete, this soulful artist is now taking America by storm, hitting notes even Jewel would be proud of.
With an impressive line all piling in for Ms. Laura, fans took their seats in the darkened Parish Room above House of Blues in New Orleans. This little blondie is no amateur in front of a crowd, making her presence known on the mic with an opening statement of "New Orleans is a very scary place...I hope to get out of here alive". Laughter and applause erupt from the fans. Laura played a solid hour set with tracks Rambling Man, Salinas, and always a crowd pleaser, ‘Sophia’.
The New Orleans gig had about 150 in attendance compared to about 30 in Mobile. Starting the night with ‘I Was and Eagle’, fans were in awe of her ethereal voice, spiritual lyrics, and her beauty, which served as a catalyst to the charisma she emulates onstage. She’s simply comforting to watch, cracking jokes and telling stories in between songs and tuning her guitar. This delightful artist brought the memories to us, smiling an infectious smile that all the great musicians and storytellers seem to have. Laura once again set the crowd on fire, while taking us on a journey to "speak because I can" and to not become "a creature I don't know".
Set List for both gigs
Laura Marling at Parish, New Orleans (10/13/12)
Master Hunter (new song)
Blue Run the Game (Jackson C. Frank cover)
Little Lies (new song)
Once (new song)
What He Wrote
I Speak Because I Can
Not My Curse (new song)
Laura Marling at Soul Kitchen, Mobile (10/14/12)