Laura Gibson - La Grande
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Recording engineer: Steven Kray, with technical assistance from Randy Layton and Jonathan Newsome.
Video editor: Jarratt Taylor. Shooters: Jarratt Taylor, Anthony Del Calzo, and Lana Bui.
Photos: Justin Thompson. Interview: David Christensen.
Laura Gibson‘s new release, La Grande, takes its name from the Eastern Oregon community, which Gibson visited while starting work on her new batch of songs. As she told us in this interview, the town’s geography and history of wagons, courage and moving forward resonated with her own sense of moving forward in more ways than one.
The new songs she wrote use elements of folk, swing and jazz, and new arrangements with horns, clarinet, flute and slide guitar. And of course, it’s Gibson’s unmistakable voice that glides, croons and whispers through these fuller arrangements, playfully turning around songs about love and desire, wildness and domesticity.
We recorded this session just before the start of Laura Gibson’s European tour. She’ll play a hometown show in Portland February 3rd at Mississippi Studios.
She also plays in La Grande March 1st.
(Listen back to a solo session with Laura Gibson in 2008.)