I’m a musician and a writer living in Bend and Portland, Oregon. Both places inspire me for different reasons: Bend has the mountains and miles of world-class trail running and cross country skiing, Portland has all my favorite bands, music venues and bookstores.
I just put out a new album, House of Snow, and it is a bit of a metaphore for my push/pull relationship with Bend and Portland. I wrote the songs on snowy evenings in a little ski cottage in Bend, and then came to Portland to record them with some of the city’s finest musicians including Doug Jenkins, Anna Fritz and Skip VonKuske of the Portland Cello Project. Its been well received on both sides of the mountains, but I particularly like this review from Ned Lannamann of the Portland Mercury:
With equal hints of dusky bluegrass and clarion Celtic folk, Brauns has written a batch of tunes that are brimming with earthy pulchritude, highlighted by her remarkable vocals and subtle but involving production from Portland Cello Project’s Douglas Jenkins. Remarkable songs like the gamboling “Maps” and the stirring, album-opening title track prove that Brauns has made a record destined to become an evergreen.
I started this blog to share song writing inspirations and tips, post updates on the ever changing music industry, and share some of my articles that have been published in The Source Weekly, Central Oregon Magazine, and 1859 Magazine. While I’m in Portland, I’ll be concentrating on band and venue reviews and other interesting developments in my quest to buy and live in a custom Airstream. When I’m in Bend, I tend to drink in the strong aphrodesiac of nature, and thus concentrate on outdoor adventures and explorations.
Thanks for stopping by and I’d always love to hear from you so drop me a line laurel @ laurelbrauns.com. If you have never heard my music before, the video below will give you a quick peak into what I do. Below that are links to my albums on iTunes.