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“Sweet musings with folksy flare”
Laura Veirs is a sweet and prolific musician spinning image-rich folk songs. Her latest release, Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children, is a further demonstration of her creativity. She has taken many of the beloved children’s stories of the past and brought them into the 21st Century in a way that anyone, regardless of age, can enjoy.
With collaborators like Basia Bulat, The Decemberists, and Jim James of My Morning Jacket, the interpretations are impressive. Raw guitar chords can be heard faintly in the background of the fiddle-heavy “Jack Can I Ride?” and “Tumblebee” is driven by snare drums and cheery piano notes. The bluegrass fiddle of “Soldier’s Joy” is a trip back in time.
Veirs’ latest release brings back the child-like innocence that somehow gets lost in life. It is in many ways a folk album and in many ways so much more. With fiddles, banjos, pianos, group vocals, and a plethora of talented friends, Tumble Bee is an album you’ll want to have stuck in your head. (Raven Marching Band Records)
Produced by Tucker Martine