Laura Love is not a household name. She has never had a hit record. She plays fewer than a hundred dates a year. And yet, she has thousands of fans throughout North America and Europe, Billboard Magazine continually includes her cds on their annual top ten lists and the first gig she ever played on the East Coast was at Carnegie Hall. She released her controversial cd, Welcome To Pagan Place, on KOCH Records in 2003, is about to debut her memoir, You Ain't Got No Easter Clothes, with a major publisher, and will release her ninth cd as a companion to the book this summer.
Laura is a rare recording artist - authentic and deeply rooted, with extremely diverse audience appeal. Her management, publicists, the record label suits and the media all struggle to define her style. She is an African-American funk bassist with an astonishing voice, who is greatly influenced by blues and bluegrass, jazz, folk, gospel, reggae and country. Laura sometimes refers to her style as "folk-funk", "Afro-Celtic" or "hip-Alachian". Regardless of how she is described, Laura has an uncanny ability to get her audience to listen beyond their own musical boundaries. She often performs at festivals to older fans who have come to hear, say, Ralph Stanley, and by the end of her set, the octogenarians are lined up shoulder to shoulder with the pierced and tattooed and their middle aged parents to get their cds autographed. It's quite a sight.