April 8, 2013
Thanks to y'all who voted for me in the Madison Area Music Awards first round. The final round is open now and I am nominated as a finalist for Blues Performer. If you voted in round one, just log in and you are good to go, otherwise please register! Your $5 donation to register goes to putting instruments in the hands of kids...what could be better? You can vote in one or many categories. Thank you!!
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.