Inimitable Portland, OR songwriter Laura Veirs put out her own self-titled album, recorded live and featuring just her and guitar, in 1999. 2003 saw the release of Troubled by the Fire, a full-band effort that found the artist sharing the studio with such luminaries as Bill Frisell and violist Eyvind Kang. Produced by husband Tucker Martine, it's the album that essentially broke her career, originally licensed to Nonesuch in the US and Bella Union in the UK. Troubled By The Fire was originally released on CD only and has never been available on the vinyl format until this pressing from Raven Marching Band.
"If Gillian Welch floats your boat, chances are Laura Veirs will, too, though her take on homespun Appalachia is tempered by modernist tendencies. Anyone familiar with 1999's eponymous guitar-and-voice-only debut will be taken aback here, ditching much of its thorny agit-folk for dreamily intoxicating balladry, sawing strings and near-perfect vocal phrasing. Opener "Lost At Seaflower Cove" and "Tiger Tattoos" are flawless backwoods country pickers, while Danny Barnes (see Roundup, right) duets on the folksy "Ballad Of John Vogelin" and jazz legend/sometime Jeff Buckley collaborator Bill Frisell provides classy fretwork. Scintillating stuff." – Uncut