News1st Single Almost Here!
Mr. Chuck Leavell (The Rolling Stones' keyboard player and musical director) will be featured on the upcoming single, "Oh My! (Oh Me Oh Me Oh My). Check out this 1-minute behind the scenes of the recording session in Macon, GA, at Muscadine Studios.
New Record in the Works!
Anna is hard at work on her third record. Check out these recent studio photos from DNA in Madison.
With Mark Whitcomb, Dan Walkner, Corey Hart, Anna Vogelzang, and Adam Cargin: a handful of the many amazing people appearing on the album!
Anna Laube Finalist for Madison Area Music Awards
On June 23, 2013 the Madison Area Music Association will hold its 10th Annual Madison Area Music Awards, presented by Heid Music. The ceremony will take place in the Capitol Theater at the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin. Anna is a finalist again this year.
For more info on donations and voting, check out www.themamas.org.
Chuck Leavell selects Anna Laube as Finalist in National Songwriting Contest
MADISON, Wi. (Feb 4, 2013) – Choose Outdoors, The U.S. Forest Service, and New Earth Green Depot recently announced the finalists of Sing For The Trees, a national songwriting contest developed to address the important role that trees and forests play in our lives, the resources they provide that contribute to our well being, and the importance of their sustained health to our continuing survival.
Celebrity judge Chuck Leavell, musical director for The Rolling Stones, keyboardist for John Mayer, George Harrison, The Indigo Girls, and Eric Clapton, and tree farmer, evaluated submissions on their relevancy to addressing the issue of forestry health, musicality and originality.
“The submissions we received were of very high songwriting quality,” said Leavell. After receiving nearly 300 original song submissions, 10 artists were selected as finalists, including Madison's Anna Laube, for her song, "Tree." Lindsay Lawler, from Nashville, Tenn., was selected as the Grand Prize Winner for her song, "Standing Tall."
Over the past decade more than 20 million acres of pine forest in the Rocky Mountain states have been devastated by one of the largest infestations of mountain pine beetle in our history, and Laube addressed this issue in her song, "Tree."
Listen here: http://www.reverbnation.com/open_graph/song/14392603
Glad tidings from Wisconsin!
The first few months of the year were spent in northern California, working on some songs with Jason Quever (of Papercuts) at his Pan American Recording Studios in San Francisco, as well as some time in Oakland. From there, I headed down to southern California, including a visit to Los Angeles and the High Desert and finally, the scenic route back to the Midwest.
At the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Memorial for Warren Hellman,
San Francisco, CA, 2-19-12
In May, I opened for the fabulous Ben Sollee at the Majestic in Madison, and again for Sofia Talvik,
sweet songstress from Sweeden, in August at the Frequency.
Summer brought much regional touring, including shows in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
I attended the Americana Music Conference and Festival in Nashville in September,
and have been working on the new record, enjoying this spectacular fall and winter.
Please find current tour dates here.
at Merchant, Madison, 12-27-12
With kindness and many thanks,
With Spring came festival season. Anna participated in the 2nd annual Midwest Music Fest in Winona, MN, in March, and had gigs at Brat Fest and Ride The Drive in Madison before a reunion of music friends at Ragged Roots Revival in July (see photo, below). She performed for the first time at the WI State Fair in August and will head out for the 1st annual Rootstalk Festival in Salem, OR, in September.
Lucas Cates, Keefe Klug, Anna, Jimmie Linville
Anna flew out to Brooklyn meet up with former Madisonian, Leo Sidran, to do some recording at Let 'Em In Studios. Joined by the talented Sam Bardfeld, Alan Hampton, and Nadim Issa, they had a great session during a beautiful NYC autumn weekend. And there was no need to even leave the borough: Manhattan, we'll hit you up next time.
In August, Anna performed at Ride The Drive at the Capitol Square, a community event promoting bicycling in Madison. Lance Armstrong opened the day, and the stage was entirely human-powered by stationary bicyclists (see below).
The Lovely People of San Mateo, CA
Anna took a trip out to California to perform at the Central Park Summer Music Series in San Mateo for this great crowd of summertime folks.
Anna Laube has been nominated and is a finalist for her first ever MAMA (Madison Area Music Award) in the category "Specialty Instrument" (harmonica). Please vote for her and at the same time do a good deed (your $5 donation goes towards music education for kids).
And in equally exciting news, Anna is a top 10 finalist in Project M, Madison Progressive Radio 105.5 Triple M's American Idol-esque music contest for singer-songwriters.
The 30-Minute Music Hour
Check out a song from Anna's performance on The Urban Theater at
with Nick Moran on acoustic bass.
New Record - Please review!
The new album, Pool All The Love * Pool All The Knowledge, is out and the first batch of reviews are in. The San Francisco Bay Guardian did a piece on their blog, Noise, ("Her voice is an alluringly warm, friendly instrument - sweet without becoming cloying, tender and heartfelt and rich from just a hint of a soft husky purr...") and it also got little shout outs from The Onion (in Madison and San Francisco) and the East Bay Express, as well as some other great papers and mags. They're here under Press Reviews.
But the "unofficial" reviewers (that means you!) are just as important. Now that many of you have had a chance to listen to your copy of the new album for a little while, it would help out immensely if you would be willing to go over to iTunes, CD Baby, or Amazon (or your favorite online music site) and post your own review of the album. Thanks!
Filmmaker Pete Lang is just finishing up editing the first official music video for the new single, "Hippie Boyfriend." We'll be sure to let you know when it's up. But in the meantime, check out the new Youtube channel for a video from our Iowa Public Radio performance in January and a fun video for the new song "Om Namah Shivaya (Ulysses) that was recorded with cello player extraordinaire, Rebbeca Roudman. There are also a few videos at the Ginkgo Records channel, www.youtube.com/user/ginkgorecords.
Anna on Twitter
Anna just joined Twitter (www.twitter.com/annalaube), seemingly along with the rest of the country. Come say hello!