Friday, January 16, 2015

Rockwired Radio Profiles #540 - Laura Cole

In a digital download world where artist photos and clever packaging are often overlooked, LAURA COLE makes us pay attention. On the front cover of her raw, gritty and wildly infectious debut full length album DIRTY CHEAT, the quickly emerging, raspy voiced Ontario based singer-songwriter smiles playfully, relaxed in a wicker chair. The back cover finds her in a sexy black dress in the remote woods of Upstate New York, aiming and shooting a friend's licensed .45 - a wild episode that had neighbors calling out the SWAT team, thinking something sinister was amiss before the situation was defused as a big misunderstanding. That's the perfect metaphor for LAURA and her deep, complex artistry: the adorable badass. A compromise free, colorfully blunt songwriter, LAURA brings her edgy, soulful and distinctively bluesy musical vision to life with the help of two GRAMMY winning producers - STEVE BIGAS, who won his GRAMMY for engineering blues legend TAJ MAHAL, and the legendary DANIEL LANOIS, an artist in his own right whose vast resume includes GRAMMY winning albums by BOB DYLAN (TIME OUT OF MIND) and U2 (THE UNFORGETTABLE FIRE, THE JOSHUA TREE) and others by WILLIE NELSON, NEIL YOUNG, EMMYLOU HARRIS and THE NEVILLE BROTHERS.

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