Laura Gibson


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Empire Builder

“The Cause”

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Little Red Riding Hood

La Grande

“La Grande”

Empire Builder, Laura Gibson's second record for Barsuk and fourth LP, is named for the Amtrak route Laura took while moving from Portland, Oregon to New York City in the summer of 2014, after deciding to enter graduate school, to move away from a supportive community, a close-knit family and her long-time boyfriend. Out of her comfort zone, she found even more of a challenge than she’d envisioned. Immediately upon arrival, she broke her foot and barely left her 5th floor apartment for the first two months. Then, on March 26th, 2015, her East Village building burned to the ground in a horrific gas explosion which killed two people and left many homeless.

Gibson escaped from her apartment unharmed, but lost everything: all identification, eyeglasses, musical instruments, years of notebooks and every word she had written in response to her move. She spent the next few months rebuilding her life, bouncing between friends' couches and guest rooms, finishing her second semester, and all the while rewriting the lyrics she'd lost. A financial recovery was made possible with help and support from hundreds of friends, fans and strangers. It's no surprise that Empire Builder stands as her most personal record to date.

Laura Gibson shares video for "Not Harmless" + tour dates 01 Apr 2016

Laura Gibson is happy to share the video for "Not Harmless," a track off her album Empire Builder, which is out today. "Not Harmless" premiered via Brooklyn Vegan who stated, "it's clear that her songwriting is as sharp as ever, if not even a little better."

Laura will be touring the US and Europe in support of Empire Builder and in addition to her already-announced Spring tour she has now confirmed a tour as the support for David Bazan. The dates kick off June 8 in Spokane, WA and conclude July 3 in Ottawa, ON. All tour dates are listed here.

upcoming shows

[28 Jun]

ST. LOUIS, MO · Old Rock House

29 Jun


30 Jun

CHICAGO, IL · Lincoln Hall

1 Jul

FERNDALE, MI · The Loving Touch

2 Jul

TORONTO, CANADA · The Great Hall

3 Jul


5 Jul

CAMBRIDGE, MA · Sinclair

6 Jul

HAMDEN, CT · Outer Space

7 Jul

BROOKLYN, NY · Music Hall of Williamsburg

8 Jul

PHILADELPHIA, PA · Johnny Brenda's