Laura Veirs on how she took overdriven riot grrrl electrics into the realm of nylon-string country blues

Laura Viers
(Image credit: Dean Christesen)

The albums from Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Laura Veirs are always rewarding listens, showcasing her skills as both a guitarist and sharp lyricist, and taking in influences from country blues to punk. 

Found Light is her 12th release and the first she’s co-produced, but as well as this prolific recording career, which started in 1999 with her eponymous debut, Laura has also written a children’s book, Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life Of Elizabeth Cotten, launched a podcast called Midnight Lightning, which explores juggling a music career with parenthood, and taught songwriting. 

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Glenn Kimpton

Glenn Kimpton is a freelance writer based in the west of England. His interest in English folk music came through players like Chris Wood and Martin Carthy, who also steered him towards alternate guitar tunings. From there, the solo acoustic instrumental genre, sometimes called American Primitive, became more important, with guitarists like Jack Rose, Glenn Jones and Robbie Basho eventually giving way to more contemporary players like William Tyler and Nick Jonah Davis. Most recently, Glenn has focused on a more improvised and experimental side to solo acoustic playing, both through his writing and his own music, with players like Bill Orcutt and Tashi Dorji being particularly significant.