Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs


 'Laura's folk songs for children proves that the best
children's music never gets old.' ~ Sufjan Stevens

"A brilliant kids' record that anyone who loves
good music will appreciate."
 ~ James Mercer (The Shins)
"This is a luminous, smart, essential and truly extraordinary album." ~ Elizabeth Mitchell
"A great collection of tunes for young and not so young ears."
~ Justin Roberts
"It'll make you believe that the good ol' days have never gone away."
~ Christina Refford, Coolmompicks

cover art by Carson Ellis
Tumble Bee
Acclaimed indie folk artist Laura Veirs' first family recording delves into the great American folk song tradition. Produced by Tucker Martine, with guest vocals by Colin Meloy, Jim James, Béla Fleck and more.
Due for National Release on November 8th
Tumble Bee, the first family music album from the prolific Laura Veirs (whose last release, July Flame, was dubbed “a perfect Sunday afternoon record” by The Oxford American and “sweet and irresistible” by Rolling Stone) inspires listeners to lean in close and hit replay.The youthful innocence in Veirs’ voice lends itself well to the jaunty spirit of the album. 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. The title track, an original by Karl Blau, fits right in with the mostly jaunty traditional songs.
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), Béla Fleck and Brian Blade (drummer for Bob Dylan) among many others.
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 and the deep catalog of American music from Smithsonian Folkways.They selected what Veirs calls, “a sampling that reflects our richness as a people.” Tumble Bee was recorded at home this past spring.To learn more about how the album was made, visit Raven Marching Band's YouTube page.
“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.”
Veirs agrees that the project was "a really fun exercise in research and also experimentation with arrangement. We definitely wanted to make an album that would appeal to all ages, and I think we did."

Tumble Bee will be available internationally on November 8th, from various retailers. The CD package includes a D.I.Y. kit to make your own Tumble Bee mobile. Watch Laura's instructional video online. 

Veirs will support the new release with all-ages concerts in Seattle and Portland, and a national family concert tour next February.
photo credit: Alicia Rose
Visit Laura Veirs' home page for updates on the new release and concert dates.


Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR

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