June 15, 2015 – Daytrotter Studio, Rock Island, IL


During a recent trip to Chicago, Lauren stopped over in Rock Island, IL and recorded several tracks with Daytrotter from her new album Gold and Rust.  CLICK HERE to Listen to the session featuring “Light and Dust,” “Hell’s Bell’s,” and “Stepheny and Agbar.”

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording engineered by Mike Gentry

Lauren Shera, ‘Light and Dust’

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 • Written as a farewell to her home in California, Lauren Shera’s “Light and Dust” introduces the new direction she took on her third studio album, Gold and Rust.

The singer-songwriter, who now lives in East Nashville, told All Songs Considered via email that over the last year, “I kept revisiting it and writing little by little. I thought it would be the perfect opening track to the album as it makes a nice bridge from solo acoustic (the way the songs were written) to full band. So it kind of introduces the sound and the direction of the rest of the album.”

The video has all the imagery of a 1970s folk-rock mythology: Shera’s long dark hair blowing in the wind while playing guitar barefoot around Austin’s scenic McKinney Falls State Park. Walking amongst the wildflowers, cactus, and water, Shera shows her desire to become part of the landscape by painting her arms and face with mud before the song’s stirring finale.

Gold and Rust is out now.

Big News! I’m thrilled to announce that I will be joining Jackie Greene on tour in March! We’re adding more dates every day:

02.21.2015 Nashville, TN – The Five Spot
03.06.2015 Grass Valley, CA – The Center for the Arts
03.07.2015 Grass Valley, CA -The Center for the Arts
03.08.2015 Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brew
03.10.2015 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
03.11.2015 San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing Company
03.13.2015 Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
03.14.2015 San Diego, CA – The North Park Theatre
03.15.2015 Santa Fe, NM – Skylight
03.17.2015 Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
04.18.2015 Driftwood, TX – Old Settler’s Music Festival

Click for tickets!

“Lauren gives The Orioles‘ 1948 “(It’s Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas” a jazzy makeover with a touch of Loretta Lynn twang.” Hear it on  All Is Bright, an exclusive playlist of newly-recorded holiday songs available for listening on Amazon’s Prime Music service. All Is Bright features performances of holiday favorites, rarities and newly-written songs from extraordinary artists including Ashley Monroe, Brandi Carlile, Jessie Baylin, Liz Phair, Lucinda Williams, Yoko Ono with the Flaming Lips and many more. This first-ever exclusive holiday playlist from Amazon is available for unlimited ad-free listening on Prime Music for Amazon Prime members at no additional cost to their membership.

All is bright

Newly-written holiday songs for All Is Bright:
·        Anna Nalick — “Till the End of the Year (Bye Buy By)”
·        Blondfire — “Christmas Lights”
·        Emi Meyer — “Everything this Christmas”
·        Jenn Bostic — “Light a Candle For You”
·        Julian Moon — “Best Christmas Ever”
·        Liz Phair — “Ho Ho Ho”
·        Ruby the RabbitFoot — “Under Any Limb”
·        Selena Garcia — “Hold-up Holidays”
Never heard before renditions of holiday classics for All Is Bright
·        Amanda Palmer — “The Angel Gabriel”
·        Ashley Monroe — “Tennessee Christmas”
·        Beth Orton — “River”
·        Brandi Carlile — “O Holy Night”
·        Elastic Bond — “Winder Wonderland”
·        Escort — “Last Christmas”
·        Heartless Bastards — “White Christmas”
·        Hero Fisher — “Pretty Paper”
·        Houndmouth — “Blue Christmas”
·        Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas — “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas”
·        Jessie Baylin — “Purple Snowflakes”
·        Jillian Edwards — “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
·        Kat Parsons — “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
·        Kate Davis feat. Gabe Schnider — “Greensleeves”
·        Kelly Hogan — “Blue Snowfall”
·        Ladyhawke — “Merry Xmas Everyone”
·        Laura Gibson — “A Wonderful Christmastime”
·        Lauren Shera — “(It’s Gonna Be a) Lonely Christmas”
·        Little & Ashley — “Someday at Christmas”
·        Lucinda Williams — “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
·        Mia Doi Todd — “The Cherry Tree Carol”
·        Natalia Clavier — “My Favorite Things”
·        Natalia Zukerman — “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve”
·        No Sinner — “Baby Please Come Home”
·        PHOX — “The Christmas Song”
·        Ruby Jane Smith — “Make a Wish”
·        Ruthie Foster — “Amazing Grace”
·        Shaprece — “Carol of the Bells”
·        Shelby Earl — “We Three Kings”
·        Sinclair — “The Christmas”
·        Tal Wilkenfeld — “All I Want for Christmas Is You”
·        The Rosebuds — “Let it Snow”
·        This Is The Kit — “It’s Christmas Time”
·        Yoko Ono & Flaming Lips — “Happy Xmas (War is Over)”

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