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About Laura Gibson
Genres:
Singer/songwriter, Folk
Hometown:
Coquille, Oregon

Laura Gibson is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, born and raised in the small Oregon logging town of Coquille. Her last album, Em...
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Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
7:30 PM
Gullivers
109 Oldham Street, Manchester, United Kingdom
7 RSVPs
We're excited to be working with City Slang's Laura Gibson, creator of one of the best albums of 2016, once again! This time, for a solo show at Gullivers.

In late summer of 2014, following the release of her highly praised 2012 album La Grande, Laura Gibson packed her things and moved from Portland to New York to study Creative Writing and have some time away from music. For the first part of that journey she took the 'Empire Builder', a legendary train that connects the Pacific North West with Chicago.

Just as she'd begun to feel settled, on March 26, 2015, her apartment building in the Lower East Side blew up from a gas explosion, killing two and injuring many. Laura was unharmed, but lost almost all that she owned and had been working on. All identification, musical instruments, stacks of notebooks, and every word she had written in the past several years was reduced to a pile of rubble.

She spent the next few months rebuilding her life, bouncing between friends' couches and guest rooms, and finishing her second semester, and all the while rewriting the lyrics she had lost, a recovery made possible by the help and support from hundreds of friends, fans and strangers.

Now, she presents her new album, aptly titled Empire Builder, and released in April 2016 through City Slang. Equally raw and focused, Empire Builder captures a life blown open: an individual mid-transformation. Gibson's most personal record to date, it marks a huge leap forward as a songwriter, composer and producer.

She gathered a stellar band of dear old friends: guitarist/bassist Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie, Menomena), drummer/percussionist Dan Hunt (Neko Case) and composer/violinist Peter Broderick. Other contributors include Nate Query of The Decemberists and vocalist Alela Diane. Gibson co-produced the record with John Askew (Neko Case, The Dodos), spending her school breaks in his home studio, and in Broderick's studio on the Oregon coast. With Askew's encouragement, Gibson returned to the recordings soon after the explosion. Having lost her guitar, which she had played on every record and show since the beginning, they decided to keep many of the scratch tracks from the original demos, building around them to create the final album.

Within her fiction studies in grad school, Gibson is finding her legs as a storyteller. Amid trauma, loss and recovery, she rediscovered songwriting as a means of understanding her own life and choices. Empire Builder grapples with independence, womanhood, solitude, connection and aloneness. If Gibson has a thesis, it's perhaps within the final words of the title track: 'Hurry up and lose me / Hurry up and find me again.' With clear-eyed honesty, urgency and warmth, Empire Builder succeeds in capturing the moment between loss and rediscovery.

'There isn't a song here that isn't a low-key delight' Q Magazine
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About Laura Gibson
Genres:
Singer/songwriter, Folk
Hometown:
Coquille, Oregon

Laura Gibson is an internationally acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, born and raised in the small Oregon logging town of Coquille. Her last album, Em...
Read More
Fan Live Reviews
January 13th 2019
a really good concert!! we were just waiting for them to come out for an hour, and i felt like it went for a very long time. other than that, very good!
November 17th 2018
Excellent show and great support from Dan Mangan.
November 8th 2018
Great!!
Tess
Seattle, WA@
St. Mark's Cathedral
November 5th 2018
Laura Gibson, Horsefeathers and Takenobu were each stellar in their own ways in the best place in Seattle to hear live music—St. Mark’s Cathedral. The acoustics are amazing, the crowd was rapt and appreciative of the artists. I love the Cathedral Series.
Steven
Nashville, TN@
Exit/In
March 21st 2017
Such a talent!! Luv her!
Thomas
Iowa City, IA@
The Englert Theatre
April 22nd 2016
Beautiful songs and she uses her voice as an instrument--not just blatting out the words.