The Laura Jean Band (formerly Laura and the Killed Men) steep their songs in the lore of the American West, refracting its triumphs and tragedies through an intimate lens. Laura Kepner-Adney, the lead singer and guitarist in the Tucson-based band, shades her spellbinding voice with echoes of country and Appalachia. Her expansive songwriting, honed from seven years in the critically acclaimed ensemble Silver Thread Trio, highlights her connection to Arizona’s unforgiving environment. For the band’s first LP, Everchanging Trail, Kepner-Adney, in collaboration with songwriting partner and lead guitarist Sam Golden, has developed a style that weaves together all the diverse and disparate elements of what has defined country music throughout the 20th and 21st centuries and forges something timelessly familiar yet wholly unique. Bob Hanshaw and Björgvin Benediktsson, sharing bass duties, and Seth Vietti, drums, supply soaring vocal harmonies and a tightly refined backbeat. After making their debut opening for Mavis Staples, Laura and the Killed Men recorded the One Bell hybrid CD/analog record and embarked on a nine-week national tour. Their first full-length album, Everchanging Trail (released April 2016), showcases songs they wrote on their 12,000-mile journey around the country.
"Their just-released album, Everchanging Trail, is pure country and western, with an emphasis on "western." And they sound pretty good, too." --No Depression
"A sound reminiscent of S.F.'s creative, experimental heyday where folk, rock, country and blues were melded into a LSD-inspired cauldron.... [Laura's voice has] the power and melodic range to make fire." --Song Dog Music Blog
"The 6-track EP, One Bell, offers a timeless Americana certain to enchant listeners of every age. On One Bell, an earthen musicality meets the golden-hued voice of Laura Kepner-Adney for a collection that is elegant rather than quaint, something the genre could use a little bit more of these days." --Yab Yum Music and Arts
"Laura and the Killed Men blend folk, contry, rock and blues into a sound that's both familiar and fresh, full of melodic sweetness and gorgeous vocal harmonies." --Kudos Art and Entertainment
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