Laura Gibson
Laura Gibson Laura Gibson lives in Portland, Oregon, sings songs and plays a nylon-stringed guitar. She is 26 years-old...she grew up in a small isolated logging town in the south coast of oregon, the daughter of a forest ranger and the town's kindergarten teacher. She was a state champion high-jumper, and went to college on a math scholarship and later studied counseling in graduate school...she couldn't tell you what band put out what particular album in what year, but she could probably describe where she was, how she felt and what you talked about, when she first met you, or what the trees looked like the last time her heart was broken...she likes trees.

In November 2004, she self-released an ep called Amends, produced and engineered by Drew Grow, on a lap-top, in a house in Newberg, Oregon. She began playing shows around that time (unless you count playing shows at local nursing homes, which she has done for some time). since then, many have been endeared to her voice and her songs. she has performed at such fine establishments as the Doug Fir Lounge and the Triple Door, The Tractor Tavern and the Hotel Cafe. She has toured the west coast, and has shared the stage with both old folksters and indie kids. Her music has been featured by West Coast radio stations, and at show-and-tell in her nephews kindergarten class. she thanks her lucky stars for these opportunities...

Gibson is recording her debut full-length album with Adam Selzer (Norfolk and Western, M Ward, Decemberists) at his Type Foundry studios in Portland, and Dylan Magierek (Badman Records - Mark Kozelek, The Innocence Mission) at Closer Recording studios in San Francisco. Recorded completely on analog tape, the full-length highlights Gibson's delicate voice and guitar performance. Gibson found the perfect backing band in the members of Norfolk and Western, arrangements varying from bare-bones guitar and voice, to an orchestra of trumpets, piano, vibraphone, saw, violin, cello, banjo and found sounds. The songs themselves are haunting portraits of nostalgia and intimacy, of loneliness and wide-eyed hope hope. The release is tenatively planned for Fall, 2006. The song Hands in Pockets was selected for the 2006 Pdx Pop Now! compilation, and will be available July 2006.