Uppity is Laura Love’s answer to the alarming rise of hatred in America.
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“(LAURA LOVE) will shake the world.... She’s that rare artist who can slip from sensitive folk to hip-hop without skipping a beat.” -Utne Reader
A 61-year-old African American woman, Love has been a performing, touring, and recording folk musician and political activist since 1976. After announcing her retirement from live performance at the onset of the Covid Pandemic in April 2020, she canceled her website and hung up her microphone, feeling satisfied that she’d said and done all she needed to say and do. Then came the events of January 6th, 2021. They sparked an outrage that she realized had been steadily building throughout the benighted Trump years. She described feeling as though she’d “been grinding her jaws and clenching her fists for 4 years watching angry white men wail incessantly about the ‘insults to their rights.’” All this, while police killings of People of Color soar to unimaginable heights as does voter suppression and horrific hate crimes.
Media, fans and record labels have struggled to define this inimitable musician’s colorful style, which embraces bits of bluegrass, jazz, folk, gospel, reggae, and country. Regardless of how she is described, Laura has an indisputable and uncanny knack for enthralling audiences from all walks of life.
A rare recording artist who is authentic and deeply rooted, Love exhibits timeless and diverse appeal. Droves of fans throughout North America, Australia, and Europe apparently agree. Her CDs have repeatedly made Billboard’s annual Top 10 lists.
“Her music is exuberant. ...She conveyed the fervor of someone reaching out with an almost frenzied joy to seize the strand of a confusing life and weave them into a coherent, life-affirming vision.” - NY Times