La Grande Band @ SXSW

2012 03 13 16:38

The full five-piece LG band is about to descend into the madness in Austin.

If you find yourself amongst the hordes, here are a few opportunities to see us play:

Tues 3/13- 8:00pm Austin Secret Show (email for directions)
Wed 3/14 – 7:15pm Portland Party @ the Grackle
Thurs 3/15 – 10:15pm Barsuk Records Showcase @ Red Eye Fly
Saturday 3/17 – 4:30 pm Maison d’Etoile Day Show

We are also playing a few more shows/sessions that may or may not be open to the public.  I’ll keep you posted!

anxiously yours,



Midwest, SXSW and Tiny Desk

2012 03 08 07:49

Dear friends, old and new,

Thank you so much to the dear people that have been coming to our shows these past couple months. I’ve been incredibly encouraged by your sweet spirits!

After a short break at home, La Grande Band is back out on the road, visiting our friends in the Midwest, and veering south to Austin to SXSW. We have a new touring band member, amazing horn-player/pianist/singer Mr. John Whaley. John is so fun to play music with. Matt and Brian continue to crack me up on stage every night. I am incredibly lucky.

I’ve been making a practice of taking one photo a day out the van window. It’s been a good way of paying attention to the beautiful things we pass.

Big Sky, I-94, Montana

Europe! We just announced a slew of dates in April. Please check out the shows page (and London friends, buy your tickets to the Lexington before it sells out).

We were lucky enough to visit the NPR mothership while in Washington DC. I did an interview for weekend edition and we played the 200th tiny desk (I also had the honor of playing the first).

You can hear the interview and watch the concert at NPR.

More soon and lots of love,

La Grande out now, US tour begins today!

2012 01 25 18:16

Hello sweet friends, family, and email list-readers,

I’m writing from an apartment in Brooklyn, just back from a whirlwind of a European tour, about to begin the first leg of US touring for my new record! I’ve got an amazing group of musicians playing these shows with me, with clarinet, flute, piano, drums, bass, guitar, drums and lots of three part harmonies.  I’m feeling so lucky right now.  Our first show is tonight in Boston.

My new record, La Grande was released in the US yesterday, and I couldn’t be more proud of it, or excited to share it with everyone.

You can buy it on amazon HERE.

It’s amazing how much the record business has changed in the three years since I released Beasts of Seasons, I’ve only just started using Facebook and Twitter, and though I’m not sure what I think of it, I am floored by the power of people sharing links with their friends.  So to everyone who has passed on my music through social media (and of course through conversation), I am so indebted to your enthusiasm.  It’s really amazing.

If you are the social media type, you can follow my adventures, and get a free ep download at my Facebook page.

Here is the first round of US tour dates!  I have amazing bands Cotton Jones, and Breathe Owl Breathe joining me!  As always, if you live in any of these places, I would love to know your favorite secret spots/hangouts/views/running trails.

Oh!  A note to Portland friends, I suggest getting your tickets soon for the record release show at Mississippi Studios.  Tickets are going fast.  Get em HERE.

Laura Gibson — 2012 Tour Dates
Wed. Jan 25 Boston, MA TT The Bears

Thurs. Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA Johnny Brendas*

Fri. Jan 27 Arlington, VA Iota *

Sat. Jan 28 Norfolk, VA The Attucks Theatre*

Mon. Jan 30 New York, NY Mercury Lounge

Fri. Feb 3 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios% – Record Release Party! 1st show SOLD OUT 2nd show added

Sat. Feb 4 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern ^

Mon. Feb 6 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill %

Tues. Feb 7 Santa Barbara, CA Muddy Waters Cafe %

Wed. Feb 8 Los Angeles, CA Echo %

Thur. Feb 9 Joshua Tree, CA Pappy & Harriet’s %

Fri. Feb 10 Tucson, AZ Plush %

Sat. Feb 11 Marfa, TX Marfa Book Company %

Sun. Feb 12 Austin, TX Mohawk %

Mon. Feb 13 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s %

Tues. Feb 14 Denton, TX Dan’s Silverleaf %

Wed. Feb 15 Norman, OK Opolis %

Thur. Feb 16 Albuquerque, NM Low Spirits %

Fri. Feb 17 Denver, CO Hi-Dive %

Sat. Feb 18 Salt Lake City, UT Kilby Court %

Sun. Feb 19 Boise, ID Neurolux %

Mon. Feb 20 Pullman, WA Bell Tower %

Thurs. Mar 1 La Grande, OR Art Center at the Old Library

Fri. Mar 2 Spokane, WA A Club

Sat. Mar 3 Bozeman, MT Filling Station

Mon. Mar 5 Minneapolis, MN 7th St. Entry

Tues. Mar 6 Northfield, MN The Chapel

Wed. Mar 7 Madison, WI The Frequency

Thur. Mar 8 Iowa City, The Mill

Fri Mar 9 Chicago, IL Saki In-Store

Fri. Mar 9 Chicago, IL Hideout

Sat. Mar 10 Louis, MO Gramophone

* With Cotton Jones
% With Breathe Owl Breathe
^ with Grand Hallway

Here’s to many new adventures and challenges in the coming season.  I hope to see you all soon.

much love,
laura gibson

Listen to the entire new record at NPR Music!

2012 01 10 21:47

Hello friendlies!

I have been waiting so long to share this with you, and you can now hear La Grande (the new record) in its entirety over at!  It will be available for free streaming for one week, so please pass along the link to friends!

Click here to stream at NPR

We are off to Europe this week, and begin US tour in Boston January 25th! Check out the dates on the tour page.

love, lg


Hot Lake, More Tour Dates and Vinyl News!

2011 12 13 19:14

Seasons greetings!

I just returned from a weekend in La Grande, with a caravan of about twenty Portlanders including members of the LG band and director Alicia Rose.  We were lucky enough to film a music video here:

The owners of the Hot Lake Hotel were so generous in letting us use there property, and we had amazing time staying at the (possibly haunted) Hot Springs!  I can’t wait to see the final video! I’ll post some pictures on Facebook soon.  It’s sort of a cross between Mary Poppins and The Shining.

I’ve added some more US Tour dates, and even more are being lined up right now.  We will be heading over across the pond in mid-January to celebrate the European release of La Grande, with shows in major cities.

Also, Jealous Butcher is releasing a single 7-inch of the song La Grande with a cover of Leadbelly’s In the Pines as the B-Side. Order it here, and also pre-order the La Grande LP here:

More soon!

love, lg.


New US Tour Dates

2011 11 17 19:37

Hello Autumn song-singers,

I have been gearing up to present the new record in January.  I’ve been waiting so long to share these songs and it’s finally feeling like a reality.  Now, as most people are drawing indoors and into themselves, I have been looking outwards, and dreaming up the first run of shows for the new record (including an extra special record release party in Portland on February 3).  I’ve included tour dates below (more to come).  I am thrilled to be sharing many of these shows with one of my favorite bands, Breathe Owl Breathe.  If you don’t already know BOB’s music, you’re going to fall in love.

I will be playing these shows as a 4-5 piece band (including percussion, flute clarinet, bass, piano, lap-steel, and 3-part harmonies).

The first song, and title track from the new record, is up at Paste!—la-grande-1.html

New US tour dates below!


1/23/12 – Other Music – New York, NY (FREE In-Store)

1/23/12 – Live on WFMU Radio

1/25/12 – TT The Bears – Boston, MA

1/26/12 – Johnny Brendas –  Philadelphia, PA

1/27/12 – Iota – Arlington, VA

1/28/12 – Attucks Theater – Norfolk, VA

1/30/12 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY *

2/3/12 – Mississippi Studios SOLD OUT (2nd  show added! ) – Portland, OR ^

2/4/12 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA %

2/5/12 – Free solo In-Store @ House Of Records (3pm) – Eugene, OR

2/6/12 – Bottom of The Hill – San Francisco, CA #

2/7/12 – Muddy Waters – Santa Barbara, CA #

2/8/12 – Echo – Los Angeles, CA #

2/9/12 – Pappy & Harriet’s – Joshua Tree, CA #

2/10/12 – Plush – Tucson, AZ #

2/12/12 – The Mohawk – Austin, TX #

2/13/12 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX #

2/14/12 – Dan’s Silverleaf– Denton, TX #

2/15/12 – Opolis – Norman, OK #

2/16/12 – Low Spirits – Albuquerque, NM #

2/17/12 – Hi-Dive – Denver, CO #

2/18/12 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT #

2/19/12 – Neurolux – Boise, ID #


* with Alexa Wilding

# with Breathe Owl Breathe

% with Grand Hallway and Devil Whale

^ with Mike Midlo of Pancake Breakfast

New Record Announcement – La Grande

2011 10 13 18:34
Dear friends, supporters, and accidental-stumble-uponers,

I am completely overjoyed to announce that my new record, La Grande, will be released in January on Barsuk Records (US) and City Slang (EU).  I wholeheartedly believe La Grande is the best work I’ve ever done, and can’t wait to share it with everyone.  Here is the cover!

Please stay tuned for tour dates and release parties!

Next week, I will be heading back to Europe to play a handful of solo shows, including an appearance at the Viennale Film Festival, and a few dates in Spain.

I have been home from the UK tour for a couple of weeks, finding myself checking out non-fiction books from the Sellwood Library (concurrently learning about Germany in the 1930’s and neurosciences), baking apple treats, chasing crows, and making sure the trailer studio will be water tight and warm for the winter.

The trailer is looking mighty fine inside, with new curtains, and lots of air plants.  I’m hoping to do somehow pull off some mini-trailer shows before the record is out.

Keep up with what I’m doing on Facebook!  I’ll be posting lots of pictures from my travels in coming weeks.

Much love and many autumn songs,



2011 09 12 11:00

Greetings friends!

It is a blustery day in London, I have a head full of Mary Poppins’ songs, and tonight we begin UK tour! We’ll be making a guest appearance this evening for Peggy Sue’s Record release part, then heading out for two weeks with buddies/heroes Richmond Fontaine. I will be accompanied by Sean Ogilvie, and as many Richmond Fontaine members as we can steal. Come say hello, and by all means, send us your food/sightseeing recommendations for any these towns.

Here are the dates:
Sept. 12 London The Lexington w/ Peggy Sue
Sept. 15 Manchester Academy 3 *
Sept 16 Oxford Bullingdon Arms*
Sept 17 Exeter The Phoenix*
Sept 18 Winchester The Railway*
Sept 19 Bristol The Tunnels*
Sept 20 Sheffield The Greystones*
Sept 21 Leeds Brudenell Social Club*
Sept 22 Glasgow Stereo*
Sept 23 Newcastle The Cluny*
Sept 24 Bedford The Civic*
Sept 25 Norwich Arts Centre*
Sept 26 Nottingham The Glee Club*
Sept 27 London Scala*
* w/ Richmond Fontaine

with much love and sincere enthusiasm,

Spring Jaunt to the Eastern Seaboard

2011 05 04 17:08

Happy Planting Month!

Sean “Eagle Vision” Ogilvie and I will be headed to the East Coast to play a few intimate concerts in some of our favorite places! Spread the word, and come out to say hello!

Midwestern Shows, Bits of Prose

2011 03 01 03:35

Greetings snowbunnies,

As of yesterday I have a twitter account @lgsingsthehits It is only a matter of time before I am only communicating in short, abbreviated phrases. To celebrate, this post will contain mostly long, drawn-out run on sentences, with long, drawn out parenthetical statements) in between thoughts..

Collaboration celebration!

I am heading into the deep Northern winter country on tour with the Portland Cello Project (who have gotten a good bit of attention recently for a fantastic Kanye West cover). They are amazing! I will not be playing the cello (I am just a poser) but I will be joining their set for some songs, and doing a set of my own songs, accompanied by a few of the players. If you live in any of these places, please come out and say hello. We will do our best to warm your spirits.

3/1 – Minneapolis – Cedar Cultural Center
3/3 – River Falls, Wisconsin – University of Wisconson, River Falls
3/4 – Madison, Wisconson – High Noon Saloon
3/5 – Chicago – The Hide Out
3/5 – Clive, IA – The Bombay Bicycle Club
3/8 – Salt Lake City – The State Room

Thanks to everyone who came to the shows on my West Coast run with Rocky Votolato. What a dear and talented man, that Rocky Votolato. I’m looking forward to joining him in Seattle March 31.

An essay of mine is being published in the Los Angeles Review this month. It’s my first piece of writing outside of song-making. Thanks to the editors at the LAR for their encouraging and enthusiastic response to my prose. I’m looking forward to getting back to the Typewriter.

You can find the Los Angeles Review at fine Independent book stores, or online here: