My first interview of the year with the adorable, very smart and slightly geeky Laura Veirs runs today at Blurt.
Lush, natural, organic - you might think that Laura Veirs' July Flame, her seventh full-length, came easily to the Portland songwriter. Its melodies are caressingly warm, the images of plant life and summertime, the mood tranquil and unhurried. Still, let other musicians sit patiently and wait for inspiration. Veirs works at her music, in a methodical, disciplined way. She is, for instance, the only musician we know who keeps a practice chart in her studio and grades herself on a one-to-five scale for her efforts.