Laura Veirs to release The Lookout, tour (2018)

Laura Veirs will release The Lookout, her tenth solo full-length album, on April 13 via Raven Marching Band Records. In conjunction with today’s album announcement, Veirs is announcing a North American tour and sharing the official video for lead single, “Everybody Needs You.”

A prolific songwriter for over twenty years, Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on The Lookout. Here is a batch of inimitable, churning, exquisite folk-pop songs; a concept album about the fragility of precious things. Produced by Grammy-nominated Tucker Martine, Veirs’ longtime collaborator, The Lookout is a soundtrack for turbulent times, full of allusions to protectors: the camper stoking a watch fire, a mother tending her children, a sailor in a crow’s nest and a lightning rod channeling energy.
The Lookout is about the need to pay attention to the fleeting beauty of life and to not be complacent; it’s about the importance of looking out for each other,” says Veirs. “I’m addressing what’s happening around me with the chaos of post-election America, the racial divides in our country, and a personal reckoning with the realities of midlife: I have friends who’ve died; I struggle with how to balance life as an artist with parenting young children.”
Written and produced on the heels of Veirs’ acclaimed album with Neko Case and kd Lang case/lang/veirs, The Lookout integrates the fluency of collaboration with Veirs’ notorious work ethic.  The twelve songs on the album are the result of a years’ worth of daily writing in her attic studio in Portland, Oregon.
The Lookout draws on the talents of a time-tested crew of musicians: Karl Blau, Steve Moore, Eli Moore, Eyvind Kang and Martine.  Sufjan Stevens and Jim James provide guest vocals.
Fri. May 18 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abby
Sat. May 19 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Mon. May 21 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
Tue. May 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Thu. May 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Fri. May 25 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East (upstairs)
Sat. May 26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sun. May 27 – Washington, DC @ Union Stage
Tue. May 29 – Paris, FR @ Le Café de la Danse
Wed. May 30 – Brussels, BE @ Ancienne Belgique (upstairs)
Thu. May 31 – Amsterdam, NE @ Bitterzoet
Sat. June 2 – Sheffield, UK @ The HUBs
Sun. June 3 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Mon. June 4 – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK @ The Cluny
Tue. June 5 – Glasgow, SCT @ Oran Mor
Wed. June 6 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
Fri. June 8 – London, UK @ Union Chapel
Sat. June 9 – Cardiff, WAL @ Church of St. John the Evangelist
Sun. June 10 – Bristol, UK @ The Thekla
Mon. June 11 – Brighton, East Sussex, UK @ The Komedia