Live at Rockwood
Funky and fierce, the Laura Thomas Band is a New York group with a sound like no one else in the industry. The LTB combines the power of rock and funk with probing lyrics and emotional songwritng. Textured by a multi-layered guitar, and funk-rock rhythm section, the band is led by Laura's powerhouse vocals. Laura sings with Ani Difranco's tell-it-like-it-is defiance, Alanis Morissette's sheer, clear power, and the sultriness of Rachael Yamagata. The result is an audio-shock of emotional truth. The Village Voice recently praised Laura for her 'thick-skinned song-poems in jazzoid rhythms.' The Washington Post said that 'Her voice is capable of tracing melodies as sinuous as the Rock Creek Parkway, and she has a soft spot for writing tender, compassionate or introspective ballads that help set her apart from the rant'n'roll crowd.' Over the past 6 years, the Laura Thomas Band has taken the stage across the country, from San Francisco to New York, packing to the hilt such prestigious venues as the Crash Mansion, Rockwood Music Hall, and Joe's Pub, among others. In 2002 Laura co-produced her first album, 'On My Sleeve,' followed by her 2004 release, 'Slow.' In September 2005, the Laura Thomas Band released it's first full-band album, 'Step to the Wire,' featuring the song 'Blind Trinity,' a political allegory about the Bush administration's foreign policy. And in October 2008, the band released it's first live album, "Live at Rockwood," which was entirely financed by donations and pre-orders from a dedicated fan base. Laura's biting, crafty lyrics, massive voice, and passionate, proficient band make for an emotionally charged show.