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“There’s no mistaking Laura Bean when she walks into a room. Since the …Southern belle, who not-so-long-ago called Kentucky her home, settled down in Berlin a few years back, she has made damn well certain that people know who she is. And if her presence isn’t demanding enough on its own, her music is.

While you can’t judge a book by its cover, this one is telling nonetheless. Bean carries herself with a graceful yet rough-and-rowdy poise evocative of a free-spirited Southern woman. Deeply engrained Americana influences point to her bluegrass and honky-tonk roots, while her lyrics tell a story of the backwoods, its people, its music, and its drink.

Savour the experience … and treat your ears and eyes to an authentic piece of musical styling direct from the source: there’s a reason, after all, why Kentucky is the Bluegrass State.” Natalye Childress

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Miss Laura Bean hails from the hills of Kentucky, but after traveling the world ’round has settled in Berlin. Miss Laura Bean can’t escape her musical upbringing, growing up in a log house with old records and 8-track recordings and in a family of musicians that played bluegrass, as well as being heavily influenced by the vagabond gypsy swing and jazz of the Berlin underground. At one of her irreverently humorous live performances, you will most probably hear a grand mish-mash of old murder ballads, rip-roarin’ bluegrass tunes, swingin’ jazz about her tendency to overindulge and honky-tonk country songs about boozin’, playin’ music, and the female condition.

The “Delightfully Intoxicated” Miss Laura Bean plays Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, and has a voice that ranges from the old blues and jazz singers to mountain wailin’ n’ high-n-lonesome. She appears live solo, with her band of wild and hairy musicians from the berlin underground, or with her Bluegrass band Laura Bean and the Vagabonds.

LAURA BEAN AND BAND: SALOON FIGHT MUSIC FROM BERLIN

Laura Bean, the vagabond Kentucky songstress with a voice soaked in Bourbon, has teamed up with some rough but handsome characters from the underground scene in Berlin to give you their very own “Saloon Fight Music,” a zany mishmash of swing, surf, country, punk, rock n’ roll and 70s SciFi film score music.

Their new self-titled EP includes Laura Bean’s rip-roarin’ punky country originals Praise the Lord (I Feel Like Shit), and Red Eye to Jersey, and the swing-n-roll All You Ever Do (co-written with Nico Rotter), and CAKE. The accompanying manga-inspired comic photo booklet chronicles the third volume of the epic kidnapping of Laura Bean by the most dastardly bunch of bungling criminals known to Berlin: “the Spanish Inquisition.”

LAURA BEAN AND THE VAGABONDS: CLASSIC BLUEGRASS AND CHEEKY ORIGINALS
Laura Bean is staying true to her roots with this classic formation, featuring Germany’s best banjo picker Andreas David, the handsome and dangerously talented David Roloff on bass player and singing high n lonesome, and the sassy fiddle and harmonizin’ Anja Clarissa Giles sawin’ away on solos and lending her sweet voice to the vocal mix. Be ready for rip-roarin’ bluegrass classics with 4-part harmonies, and western swing-a-ling originals from Laura Bean that will have you tapping your feet and singing along.

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Slow Travel Berlin 26-06-2012

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