Laura Veirs Preps Children’s Record

Due Nov. 8 on Raven
Marching Band Records, it features guests Jim James, Bela Fleck, Colin Meloy
and more.

 

Tumble Bee, the first children’s record from the prolific Laura Veirs
(whose last release was the acclaimed July Flame), arrives Nov. 8. The recording covers
a wide range of folk songs, from early 20th century work songs to
the ballads of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger and Harry Belafonte.

 

Veirs and renowned record producer Tucker
Martine, her long-time collaborator on seven of her eight
records, have created a piece of art that is sure to appeal to children as well
as adult fans of Veirs’ previous work.  The album features guest
appearances by Colin Meloy (Decemberists), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Bela
Fleck and Brian Blade (drummer for Bob Dylan) among many others. As Smithsonian
Folkways recording artist Elizabeth Mitchell says, “This is a luminous,
smart, essential and truly extraordinary album.”

 

Inspired by
the birth of her son and by countless fans who’ve told her over the years how
much their kids love her records, Veirs became curious about the history of
American children’s music.  She and Martine listened to hundreds of songs
from the past several centuries, including Harry Smith’s famous Anthology of
American Folk Music
. They selected what Veirs calls, “a sampling that
reflects our richness as a people.” Tumble Bee was recorded at home in
the spring of 2011.

 

“Many of
these songs have been forgotten throughout the years,” says Martine.  “We
wanted to bring these beloved songs to a new generation with an instrumentation
that both honors their traditions and creates something unique.”

 

A joyous
testament to this collective history, Tumble Bee embodies both the
uplifting and fearful moments of childhood.  Much more than simply a
record for children, Tumble Bee defies category to stand on its own as a
vibrant, sonically beautiful recording; listeners of all ages will revel in
Veirs at her prime.  “I love this record,” says acclaimed songwriter
Sufjan Stevens. “Laura’s folk songs for children prove that the best children’s
music never gets old.”

 

 

 

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