Alt-country chanteuse and John Peel favourite Laura Cantrell has released her latest album No Way There From Here on Spit & Polish, the album follows the wonderful tribute covers collection Kitty Wells Dresses, for her new album the New York City-based singer-songwriter wrote or had a hand in 11 of 12 songs that appear on the album including co-writes with the wonderful Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura for Glass Armour and Amy Allison on Can’t Wait two of the albums stand-out tracks, the one cover song on the album is Beg or Borrow Days written by Jennifer O’Connor.
It’s being eight years since her last album of original material but the writing, arrangements and Laura’s voice have lost none of that magic and the album is a real delight and every bit as good as her acclaimed earlier recordings, for No Way Here From There Laura returned to her home-town to record at Nashville’s Beech House Studios – but not before road-testing the songs on her friends and collaborators at the Radio Free Song Club – if you’re not familiar with Laura’s music I’d highly recommend further investigation you won’t be disappointed, there are a series of downloads here to get you started.
I’m running more than a little behind on blog posts at the moment so some of the info on tour dates is a little too close, so my apologies, but here are the dates for the short UK tour if you want to catch a show.
October 3, Glee Club, Nottingham
October 4, Glasgow Americana Festival, St. Andrews In The Square
October 5, Little Theatre Gateshead, Newcastle, Jumpin’ Hot Club
October 7, Sheffield City Hall
October, 8 Glee Club, Birmingham
October 9, Bristol, St. Bonaventures
October 10, Union Chapel, London
Buy the album at Amazon