I was waiting on a plane in Columbus, Ohio going to Nashville on my way to Tampa, Florida when I spied a woman carrying a guitar. Later she passed my seat on the plane with no guitar and I asked her where it was. That brief encounter was the beginning of a new friendship. She gave me her "Live at Purple Moon" cd and we fond that we had a common best friend in Tampa. I plan to attend next concert when she plays there. What a sweetheart and great performer.
April 10, 2015
van nuys...(spoken with a slight yiddish accent)...
Diana Woods (Van Bloom)
March 29, 2015
Wow! Beautiful music my friend!!!
January 31, 2015
Laurie I had never heard you or of you although I listen to this Anericana folk music all my life until last night when I found a song while looking for Kate Wolf on ITunes. Three hours and 3 glasses of wine later I was still listening to all of your wonderful songs of innocence and world weary wisdom and humour. Thank you.
Arlene Arnie Giraud
November 1, 2014
Keeping you & Sarah in my prayers moved to Ca 10yrs ago We Adored Sean & you girls too !
Ina May Wool
September 13, 2014
Hey Laurie, Looking forward to our gig together at Kathryn's! -Ina May
August 24, 2014
My husband and I heard you this summer at the Fairfield Studio House Concerts in Shreveport, and now I feel like you are a friend because listening to your music is like having a long conversation with a best friend. Your song about your brother Danny is a gift to all who have lost loved ones through suicide. I look forward to your return to Shreveport in the future. Hope the Texas gig and potluck supper went well!
July 31, 2014
I'm looking forward to seeing/hearing/joining in with your singing -- it's so easy to chime in and pretend it's all 'live!' because you sound alive when you're singing your own songs --and even those of other great singer/songwriters like yourself. Harmony House is a great venue full of people who appreciate honesty in songs -- you provide! See you there!
March 27, 2014
I'm a huge fan of Kate Wolf and when I stumbled across your Trumpet Vine A Tribute to Kate Wolf on ITunes I immediately purchased the CD. I LOVE it! Your talent is unlike any other and I could listen all night. Keep up the good work and share it with the world!
November 30, 2013
Listened to" Some Forgotten Dare" tonight on Folk Alley while working. I had to stop, Laurie took me to a new realm where thoughts took me away on a ride with her notes, her voice, and her soul. I did not want to get off. Thank you and all the artists that created the ride..in this case it was unforgettable.
November 3, 2013
Thanks for the cds. i love the song suzanne thanks. again and god bless u and good luck out there. thanks. again
October 29, 2013
Sorry, I did not sign in your book at the concert! Jealous of you meeting Bill Staines!
September 25, 2013
I so enjoyed the house concert in Santa Cruz last night. I'm glad you enjoyed the fudge frosting.
September 23, 2013
Just met you in Fairfax, CA. in Marin County at a curiosity shop.
You reminded me how much I miss working with musicians. I was the sound guy at the Iron Horse Music Hall '90--'94.
Yeah, you reminded me why I liked that gig.
June 22, 2013
I see the Northern California Dates.
I hope to see you at one of them.
I'll be living in the Bay Area by then.
Travel safely. Take care.
PS: Planning to visit Matt again in Princeton Ky. in July.
June 3, 2013
I heard song The Trumpt Vine. You struck a real cord with me. keep up the good work James
May 25, 2013
Still enjoying your music and because of you discovered Paul Sachs another really good songwriter! I hope you come to N.Y.C. soon. God Bless You and your family. Jack and Ivana
May 4, 2013
I was thrilled to hear that you'll be at the Tucson Folk Festival today! I'll be there. Requests? (I Wanna Be Like You has always been one of my favorite songs.) I "discovered" you when I first started playing around with MySpace.
Dorsey D. Brown
April 25, 2013
My wife Patricia and I really enjoyed our evening at the Java Bean Cafe in Decatur, IN on April 25, 2013.
Your music is very enjoyable and we hope to get the opportunity to see you peform again.
March 27, 2013
I emailed ya just doin the guestbook thing lol
February 3, 2013
Gracias por compartir tus canciones, me gustan muchísimo!
Son lindas y románticas.
Transmiten pura felicidad, alegría.
Espero que vengas pronto a México con tu familia.
Mis cordiales saludos,
December 2, 2012
Hi Laurie My freind Mark sent me the link to the song about your brother, Danny. My brother died last year and I still hurt. Your words in this song and the way you sing it-have been of an immediate comfort. I can see my brother smile that smile. Thank you so much
September 8, 2012
I saw you at Storyhill Fest and loved your voice! You have a worble that is so wonderful. It reminded me of the country singers of a bygone era. It is very special and so are your songs. Thanks.
May 4, 2012
I Really enjoyed your music at Plan B in Broadway
April 16, 2012
Hello Laurie, enjoyed listening to your CD Ascend today. Wonderful body of work, I especially like "He Smiled Like An Angel". Hope to see you at Brown's Diner soon.
March 30, 2012
Hi Laurie, We met last year, on a damp and foggy morning, when you stopped at The Jesse James Antique Mall, on I-29, in St. Joseph, Missouri, on your way home. I told you I was a native of San Diego, we discussed California. Been a fan of your music ever since. Hope to see you again, maybe at a concert. You are so talented, what a story teller, such a haunting voice. It was a pleasure meeting you.
February 26, 2012
A couple of years ago you called my pawn shop in Lincoln looking for an IPOD. It took me a minute to figure out you were not the typical caller, but an out of town musician with your music on your lost IPOD. I then realized you told me your name and I recognized it as the girl from the CD I had kept from this pawn shop a few years earlier. I had kept it because it was live in Lincoln and it looked real.
Anyway, I had not seen it but said I would be looking for it. I am sorry I never found it.
However, that inspired me to go home that night and check out the "Purple Moon" CD right away (probably for the first time.) It was VERY 'REAL.' I really enjoyed it. Thank you.
I only write this to you now because I've come across your CD again while filing my music into my computer. I got curious again and Googled you, and here I am. Sampled some more of your music and I really enjoy it. Have to order a CD or two. Really appreciate a 'real' artist who keeps doing her thing w/o giving in to the machine.
Just my story of my brush with an artist. Maybe not interesting to others - but a cool little story I'll always remember.
February 26, 2012
A couple years ago you called my pawn shop in Lincoln to look for an IPOD. Eventually I fugured out you were trying to tell me you were a songwriter and had some of your music on it. Then something clicked and I realized I was talking to the girl on the CD I had always kept after finding it a few years earlier at this same pawn shop. I had kept it because it was live in Lincoln and it looked like 'real' music. I thought the whole thing so strange. I went home and listened to that CD for probably the first time. It was 'real.'
Thanks for being nice on the phone. Sorry I never came across your IPOD - I did keep looking.
Was just reminded of this tonight as I came across your CD again while filing my music into my computer. Had to listen again before it got in there. Looking at getting another CD or 2 and hoping you perform around here again.
December 5, 2011
Hey Laurie, I enjoyed hearing you and Karen @ the UUC of Ft lauderdale while on vacation in sunny Florida. An evening very well spent. You had me hanging on every word. Listening to the child behind my eyes while I type.......enjoy the tour. Will look forward to see you again some day soon.
October 26, 2011
Well I think last time I saw you was 1984...wow! I was looking through a friends list on FB and your name popped out like a neon sign. Last time I heard you sing you sat at our table (coffee shop?) and sang a melody into a cassette player then used that as a background vocal for a song you were working on. I was moved by your voice and style not to mention your ability to let it all hang out. Happy to hear that voice again and see how you've grown as an artist. Just to prod your memory-we had a baby girl just a few months before Rachel was born and lived on S.23rd. you used to walk by and we'd share parenting stories... I will keep an eye out for any performances in the LA area! Peace.
Elizabeth Irene Goodman Hallowell
October 25, 2011
Friend of Jerry Rau, and Jerry Rau and Band, I am so pleased to come here you tomorrow night in Blaine, MN on Jerry's Invitation...My son Glenn Allan Hallowell enjoyed Jerry's music from age 3 on in the Twin Cities to Age 39 when he passed away July 24, 2008. Jerry's music helped us through his 7.5 month bout with Cancer Treatment at Fairview Hospital in South Minneapolis near Seward Cafe. I am so glad to hear you are part of this month's tribute to Daniel Pearl. I look forward to your house concert, Octobe 26, Wednesday Night. Music/and natural ethnomusicology was Glenn's passion.
September 30, 2011
I enjoy your lyrical and musical sensibilities. Great lyrics and your voice is unique. Keep writin' and singin' and hope to catch you in Michigan sometime. You ought to play at the Ark.
Hi Laurie, we met 14 years ago at Hickory Pointe townhomes in Hendersonville, where we both lived. You and your girls had supper with my wife and 2 kids. Your time in Nashville had just begun and mine was ending. Just yesterday I listened to the tape you gave me recorded live at the purple moon. As I listened, I hoped in my heart that you found success and happiness... looking at your website I think you have! I'm very happy for you. Be blessed, Tom and Stephanie Barger
September 13, 2011
Hey it was good to meet you the other morning at Mo Joe's coffee shop! Im listening to your CD this very moment, and am a big fan of your music. If you ever are traveling through indy again, you should swing by.
July 7, 2011
lauren is pretty girl and some day i would like to meet her and u r a wonder singer
May 27, 2011
Enjoyed your performance at 'Cousin Andy's' in the Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden recently. Got your Kate Wolf album. One song was a little eerie - you were channeling Kate. Another, Cornflower Blue, you made all your own and it was just really fine. Thanks.
jack the hugger
April 23, 2011
Everybody had a great time and are still talking about it. Your lyrics and melodies are truly inspirational The stories behind them is the icing on the cake. God Bless, hope to do it again.
Jack the hugger
April 12, 2011
I thought you said the Cousin Andy's Coffee House gig was moved to the Yellow Moon in AJ. I'm not seeing it on your calendar. So where is it actually?
April 11, 2011
hey Laurie - great meeting you and hearing you sing & play at the Sharon House Concert on Sat. Best of luck to you!
March 27, 2011
I just discovered your website and listened to some of your music, WOW! I can't believe how great you sound. It's was also a blast from the past looking at some of your pictures from back in the days of Irving Jr High and remembering all the parties we attended back in those days.
I just moved into a house on 17th and Perkins Blvd which is close to your old house and hope you can come and do a show at Stransky Park down on the corner someday, it's a local park which put's on concerts during the summer, kind of in your old neighborhood at 17th and Harrison.
Glad to see your doing well and wish you the best.
March 21, 2011
You sound great as always. SO GLAD you are still making music. All the best and continued life and success.
February 27, 2011
When you were 18, your voice sometimes sounded as though you were endlessly old because you could do things with it that only decades of experience made possible. Now, your voice sounds like you are painfully young, with almost magical control and taste. No matter how much money you make at this, your work is as good as it gets. I am so glad to have discovered your music again.
December 21, 2010
Your Kate Wolf tribute album is even better than Kate doing her own songs. She would have approved of your interpretations (and been a little jealous of your talent at the same time)!
F. Jon Howard
December 14, 2010
I'm Steve Howard's cousin.
We plan on catching your show in Lincoln on the 26th.
November 12, 2010
I really enjoy your songs! Beautiful and sometimes humorous lyrics keep the listener interested in what you are saying..excellent lyrics,vocals and guitar! I am happy to have found your music through the "Concerts In Your Home" newsletter!
Best wishes for continued success!
November 5, 2010
Tom here in Michigan, Kate Wolf's cousin. I read your interesting bio. and wish you the best. Tom
October 29, 2010
I heard the song "I wanna be like you" and I was BLOWN AWAY by the lyrics, the voice, and the instrumentation, and I so LOVE John Lennon, and it took me a while to find out where this song came from. Truly a masterpiece Laurie
Linda G. Leitch
October 22, 2010
Your music is sweet and mellow .It reminds me of my younger days when I listened to folk music .Keep up the beautiful singing your voice is wonderful .
October 13, 2010
I bought your CD (the child...) when I was touring down around Atlanta about 10 years ago and have listened to it on and off. We played at the same singe-songwriter deal somewhere down there. I thought I would google you to see what you have been doing. Seeing your pic make me feel like I found a long lost friend. Keep up the good work, my friend. I am listening right now to the CD and it really speaks to me. You are a doll. Thanks for your art.
September 5, 2010
I knew you when you lived on "A" Street in Lincoln. We lived at 23rd & A. I just heard you on KOIS radio and was delighted to hear your sweet voice and songs! I think about your precious little daughter that rode the bus downtown and we would sit together and chat way back in the 70's or was it the 8o's? Ha! I just wanted to say hello again after all these years.
Hi Jane! So nice to hear from you! It was the '80s! That precious girl is all grown up now. That was a peaceful time in my life, no car, just one little baby to take care of... very sweet times... I am playing near Lincoln at the PlainSong Festival on Oct. 2nd in Sprague, NE. Be sure to say hello if you can make it! blessings, Laurie
August 26, 2010
I first heard Laurie in Little Rock AR. Her albums get the most played over and over again. Just heard Ascend for the 100th plus time. Hear more and more each time.
July 15, 2010
Hi Laurie! Just stopping by to say hello!
June 11, 2010
First listen today on WMNF. Great music and spirit. Thank you. Hope to catch a show while you are in the Tampa Bay area. I'm a little shy for a house show unless there's a corner for me. But I'll brave it to see you.
May 21, 2010
Hey old friend.Glad to see you doing so well.Hope to come listen to you if you get back to Lincoln.Wish you great success.
May 18, 2010
Laurie, saw you with Steve Forbert this past week. You were GREAT! really enjoyed your set. Downloaded some songs from your set from iTunes. Hope to see you in the big city or Long Island again soon!
May 15, 2010
saw you last night at the Boulton Center on Long Island, I became an instant fan. You were great. I look forward to hearing more and more of your songs.
May 10, 2010
I loved listening to your beautiful version of The Wind Blows Wild... going to go buy that darn CD now.... thanks. Come to Boston!
April 4, 2010
March 21, 2010
"I Wanna Be Like" You is the best song I have heard in many years. It reminds me of Joni Mitchell, and she is the best that ever was. She would we proud of that song.
February 25, 2010
Was thinking of you
February 9, 2010
YOU HAVE A PRETTY VOICE,
AND YOU PLAY CARBONDALE ILLIONIS
THAT AREA IS MY HOME, ITS NEAR GRANITE CITY ILLIONIS
January 7, 2010
Hi Laurie! I know you are a busy woman, but drop a line sometime. Nice to see you have achieved your goals.
September 21, 2009
Hey Laurie, Your performance at the Fiddle & Pick Friday was a homerun! I just think your such a stylist and unique writer. You were witty and performed your record skillfully. Everyone in my group was very impressed with the whole evening. I'm your big fan !
July 24, 2009
Hi! Looked you and your folding-bass inventor/husband up after meeting you in the YMCA. Neat!
j. michael kearsey
June 18, 2009
hi there: was cleaning out the cd rack and found the little demo sampler with 'heaven' and 'child.' took me back to san diego folk alliance-or was it nashville?--and a brief meeting with you and a few songs at a showcase. i liked the music and voice then and still like it today. though i am no longer a folk promoter, i am the pr chair for the portland folkmusic society. if you ever come west, let me know.
good luck with all your pursuits.
Tequila Tom Christy
April 27, 2009
I fell in Love with a voice on the radio this past week. The voice belonged to you. I heard it again, live, on Friday and was compelled to turn around and head straight to WMNF studio to place the voice with the body. Thanks for leaving the CD. Your newest fan - WTC
March 27, 2009
Laurie, we met at Douglas Corners after a Jamie Hartford show, Rick Lonow interduced you to me
and at Mike Williams NYC, Love your music
Will be out to see you someday, looking forward to it, all the best to you and yours Charlie Michel
January 22, 2009
I'm a friend of Keith Grimwood's/Trout Fishing in America. He's standing over my shoulder while I'm typing you this! He's a fan and I'm a new one.
Connie Mims http://www.conniemims.com
January 21, 2009
You're not gonna believe this! The internet is the best worldly way to trace friends anywhere....This is Sophia from France. I had met you when you sang in Lincoln at this coffeehouse on Thursday night in Lincoln back in 95-97. Was it the Purple Moon.? You had a gig and you let me join in to do a couple songs...Remember? Probably not without a pick...
How did I find you here on the net?
Well as I was doing research on a dear voice of mine, the epithomy of California for me, KATE WOLF, I went under artists who covered KW and there you were....
I still remember your songs on the fireflies..
You can hear some of my stuff on myspace.com/sophiasebastian and email me at .
I'm very happy you're doing well in Nashville! Getting on your CD now..Lots of inner light!
December 27, 2008
Laurie, I have admired your music for years and was able to catch your show at CGS last night. It was great! Love your sound.
December 6, 2008
Hi, I have listened to a number of your songs and will have to BUY some CD's soon (Xmas).
Why are you not doing shows in Chicago? Looking forwrd to the time Laurie.
October 22, 2008
Well, we missed Zumbrota (and Fort Atkinson) but we came to see you in St. Cloud. What a fabulous show! Thank you so much for your songs and insight. You two sure work well together. One of the best concerts we've been to in a long, long time. Will you two tour again?
August 25, 2008
I'm so glad you'll be doing shows with David Stoddard in October. You are two of my favorite performers. I can't wait to come hear you in Zumbrota! maybe I'll make it to Fort Atkinson, too...
August 17, 2008
What a wonderful voice you have.. and the songs.. beautiful listening ... I tried to download the two songs from you site.. but failed.. but I loved every one of them...
August 8, 2008
We miss seeing you in Sioux Falls! Please come again; it would be such a treat. Several new venues; the little city is really changing. I think of you every night lately (no kidding) when I'm sitting outside as the fireflies are abundant this year. I lost my cassette that included the song about fireflies and I really miss it. Miss you too. Please hurry back to Sioux Falls!
August 3, 2008
You probably don't remember me, but I lived with Dave Novak on South Street back in the 1980's. I currently live in Arizona and listen to KZUM on the internet from time to time. And this morning (July 3rd) I heard your interview on what I believe was your daughter's show.
You sound a beautiful as ever.
July 22, 2008
I had a friend as a child in southern california named Laurie McClain. . . early sixties in Gardena, Acturus (sp) ave. between 132nd 134th . . .just wondering if it was you, I've been playing piano a good 40 years, I may still have a letter from you with peace symbols and all . . .
I'm enjoying your music, If this is the same Laurie, you were my first true friend
April 10, 2008
Don't know if you remember me from Old Hickory Presbyterian Church coffee house. Still have your tape. My daughter loves the lightnin' bug song.
Hope all is well.
April 10, 2008
Found your site by accident. Glad I did. Enjoyed it very much. Are we kin?
Joseph L. Leavell
March 22, 2008
Saw you years ago at the UU Dome in Tampa with Karen Mall. Sweet. Saw you in Memphis a few weeks ago at Folk Alliance '08. I just bought The Trumpet Vine. Delicious! I just had my 66th birthday party where Donna and Kelly (Still On the Hill) honored me with a great concert. Thank you Laurie for being you. I find you very inspirational.
God Bless You, always. joseph
March 15, 2008
First heard you live in Little Rock AR circa 2003; dissappointed no new albums; I have both old ones.
Listening to "The Child" struggling for hope in my own life, mankind. Won't you write a song to help me understand the humanity that coould cut a person's head off with a knife or people who can dance in the street for joy after the murder of 8 students?
January 29, 2008
I enjoy your music so much such a pity I only met you at the end of your trip in Denmark. I will soon be releasing my album so you can't count on the fact that one of the cd's are coming your way. I plan to go to the states in the fall. Now I'm just considering where to buy my ticket to. I think it will be NY. But I think I might stop by you in Nashville.
Lori Thompson Sloup
December 18, 2007
Hi Laurie, I am the kid that grew up on Grimsby Lane, Irving and LSE......daughter of Fahlbergs..... Love your web site !! I work with Nates Mom here at Wesleayn, they LOVE Anna!!
and Nate is from a very cool family !! Rhonda and I will try to go to your Concert here at the Loft.
Glenda Dietrich Moore
December 17, 2007
Hi Laurie: Rachel is our wonderful work study student here in the UNL Women's and Gender Studies Program, and I'm the staff secretary. We're looking forward to your concert on Dec 27!
Glenda Dietrich Moore
October 29, 2007
Yes, there are photos on my myspace page, in photo albums labeled "DENMARK" and "CHRISTIANIA" - Christiania is a 36 year old hippie settlement in Copenhagen. A very interesting man named Dirk gave me a 3 hour tour. He has lived there for over 30 years. Thanks for asking!
October 28, 2007
Do you have any recent photos of your time in Denmark?
October 19, 2007
Hey Laurie, I love your music. All of your songs are incredibly beautiful. I am always moved, whether it is to laugh or cry or ponder. You are a fantastic songwriter with a wonderful voice. I second Sherry's call for chords to Lightning Bugs. I'd love to be able to play that one for my children on camping trips during the summer. Keep making great music!
October 1, 2007
A friend has asked me to play and sing one of your songs -- Lightning Bugs. I cannot find the guitar chords on the internet. Can you help me!!?
September 23, 2007
Hi Laurie! my friend Andy just told me about you and said he's transfixed and no wonder! you have a wonderfully compelling voice that resonates with warmth, kindness and beauty - i'm really surprised you haven't been snatched up by some major label - or that the labels aren't fighting over you - maybe you are being protected so you are free tomake your own path. i'm so loving 'my heaven' (mary poppins was my favorite back when!). and i love the way you've done a whole tribute to kate wolf. anyhoos, i wish you the best and hope to see you out on the road someday. nancy k
September 8, 2007
Great voice first time hearing you sing
the song I want to be like you!Was beautiful!
August 21, 2007
hey i like your music
August 20, 2006
your songs, your voice is so beautiful, i mean Laurie you bring tears to my eyes, i really hope you`re heading for the UK soon, please let me know if
August 11, 2007
Although I've never heard your recent material I'll always remember your Janice Joplin rendition at age 13. Destined for success.
blessings to you.
August 11, 2007
That's all I can really say. I think you are amazing!! I'm only young but your voice is one of the best I've heard. And the songs are so beautiful! "I wanna be like you" :)
August 7, 2007
I'm so glad to see you're still out there doing it..and making a success of the music. I always had lots of faith in you. Hope our trails cross sometime.
June 26, 2007
An old friend of Charlie Chadwick from San Diego.
June 20, 2007
Hi, I heard your music just afew months ago for the first time. I fell in love with it. I have been a kate wolf fan for many years and to hear you sing her words so beautifully- I can't think of any words to describe the feelings that it brought up in me. I wife died seven months ago from breast cancer, she was only 40 years old. When I feel down I listen to your words and beautiful voicean dI know that she is happy because I am .
Thank you so much
June 20 2007
Annie and Chloe Thacker
June 11, 2007
Just wanted to let you know again how much we enjoyed your House Concert in Tampa.
My daughter, Chloe loves listening to your CD and we just drove from Destin, FL. to Tampa (9 hrs.) and Chloe wanted your music playing. My husband, Cliff enjoyed it also.
Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you in..... San Diego. SMILE