Classical singer-turned-folk-artist Laura Kepner-Adney shades her Americana with country and echoes of Appalachia. Frequently compared to Iris Dement, Chrissie Hynde and Gillian Welch, she has developed an expansive songwriting style that highlights her connection to Arizona's unforgiving environment. Rooted in traditional folk technique, Laura's guitar playing exposes her rock and blues influences and showcases her unconventional, rich vocals. She spent seven years performing with Silver Thread Trio, Tucson's critically acclaimed Americana ensemble; currently fronts southern Arizona's power pop quartet The Cordials; and has performed and recorded with national acts including Amos Lee, Calexico, Howe Gelb, Jello Biafra, and Robin Hitchcock.
Laura's partnership with the Killed Men began in August of 2014 after a joint tour with Laura's solo act and Tucson's chamber indie rock sweethearts, Sun Bones. The two acts combined forces (Laura is now a member of Sun Bones as well) and are now planning an eight-week summer tour.
"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." --Dave Monterey (Song Dog Music Blog)
"Every year we like to acknowledge one vocalist of matchless talent, the one who really put the wind in our sails with every note. Laura Kepner-Adney definitely met that criteria. The Tucson songbird might be known for her work with the harmoniously rustic Silver Thread Trio or retro rockers The Cordials, but it is her new project, Laura and the Killed Men, that has us excited for 2015.... In addition to a voice that is truly stunning, Laura Kepner-Adney is thoughtful in her choice of projects, selecting musical undertakings that, like her, reflect something memorable, a little old-fashioned, and ultra hip." --YabYum Music and Arts, 1/27/15 [+]