Laura Gibson with Little Mazarn
Laura Gibson is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter born and raised in the small Oregon logging town of Coquille. With a love of traditional folk music and a bent toward experimentation, Gibson has performed on four continents and had the distinct honor of playing the very first (and 200th) NPR Tiny Desk Concert. Her most recent album Goners (Barsuk/City Slang) was praised by NPR as “a gripping collection of songs about accountability and grief.” The Fader called it, "so incessantly beautiful that one cannot help but want to gently crack it open to get to its beating core.” The New York Times described her themes as “longing and instinct, and whether they can ever converge.”
She's an enthusiastic collaborator, writing music for theater and film and lending her voice to many beloved bands. Her essays have appeared in Talkhouse, the Los Angeles Review and Oregon Humanities Magazine, and she was a 2020 recipient of the McElheny Award from MIT for her work on the Timber Wars podcast. She is currently working on both a book and a new album.
Little Mazarn is the project of Lindsey Verrill. Verrill's skills are many and her person is beloved. She is an essential member of the Austin, TX, music scene. She is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, secret show organizer, teacher, Grammy award winner and blessing to all who encounter her. In addition to Verrill's voice, banjo, bass and cello, she works with Jeff Johnston on singing saw, harmonium, and a variety of haunting trinkets turned instrument to create the sound of Little Mazarn. - Hannah Read of Lomelda