© 2012 Crossings at Carnegie
August 30, 2012
Doors open at 7pm
“Laurie's voice feels like my favorite moisturizer;
Having garnered enthusiastic applause when she opened for Storyhill at the Zumbrota State Theatre in April, Beth Wood returns to town to perform a solo concert at Crossings. Opening for Beth is folk singer-songwriter Laurie McClain.
Wood, growing up in Lubbock, Texas, always dreamed of becoming a musician, a baker or a cowgirl. She studied voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina, then earned a degree in literature and guitar in Austin, Texas. Once she started writing her own songs, she was hooked on the musical freedom she discovered.
Wood’s deft musicianship, crafty songwriting, and engagingly energetic stage presence win over audiences from coast to coast.
“The Weather Inside,” Wood’s eighth studio release, is a case study in contrast. A coming-of-age statement record from a veteran artist, her latest work embraces strength and tenderness, the polished and the well-worn, the broken and the hopeful heart. Produced by Billy Crockett at Blue Rock Studio in Wimberley, Texas, “The Weather Inside” delves deep into Wood’s creative reserves and delivers a strong collection of songs and performances to remember.
Now living with her husband in Portland, Ore., Wood is settling in to the Northwest music scene, where she has been featured on OPB’s “Artbeat” television show, Ninkasi’s Northwest Music sampler, and the Sisters Folk Festival and Song Academy.
A self-proclaimed singer from age of 6, Laurie McClain explores themes of identity, growth, friendship and love in her songs in a way that always honors the fundamental mysteries of the human journey. She has managed to make a name for herself as a formidable songwriter and engaging performer on the national folk and Americana scene while raising her children, therefore touring only sparsely and sporadically around the U.S. for the last 20 years. With her three daughters raised, McClain is now embarking on a full time music career.