Laura Veirs' new album is a collection of folk songs for children called Tumble Bee. Recorded by Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine in their home in Portland, Oregon in the spring of 2011, it covers a wide range of American folk songs, from early 20th century work songs to the ballads of Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Peggy Seeger and Harry Belafonte. Veirs and Martine have made a jaunty and moving album to be enjoyed by children as well as all fans of Veirs' earlier work.
Most new parents are a bit lost when faced with the dilemma of weeding out the good children s music from the bad. For musician couples, like singer/songwriter Laura Viers and her producer/husband Tucker Martine, the solution is simple; make your own. On the appropriately titled Tumble Bee: Laura Veirs Sings Folk Songs for Children, Viers and Martine, along with special guests B la Fleck, Basia Bulat, Colin Meloy (Decemberists), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket), explore some of the genre s oldest tunes, including work songs ( Jump Down Spin Around ), Civil War tunes ( Soldier s Joy ), and even a calypso ( Jamaica Farewell ). Each cut is tastefully arranged and never cloying (kudos for allowing All the Pretty Little Horses to retain its subtle darkness), and Viers' simple, honest delivery helps to keep the mood fun, yet stable and sweet, without the inevitable sugar rush. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi