Laura Cantrell


Laura Cantrell

Laura Cantrell is a country music artist based in New York City. Born in Nashville, TN, she came to New York to attend Columbia College, and found that her abiding interest in country music helped her stay connected with her family roots. That interest was the motivation behind her long-running radio program on WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, “The Radio Thrift Shop.” Beginning on WFMU in 1993, the program was a Saturday afternoon staple in the New York area for 13 years, then moved to and ran for two seasons on BBC Radio Scotland as a summer replacement in 2005 and 2006. In her ten-year recording career, Cantrell has released three acclaimed albums: “Not The Tremblin’ Kind,” “When The Roses Bloom Again,” and “Humming By The Flowered Vine.” She has toured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Ireland, and was a favorite of pioneering British disc jockey John Peel, who called her 2000 album “Not The Tremblin’ Kind” “my favorite record of the last ten years, possibly my life.” Cantrell recorded several Peel sessions for the BBC from 2000-2004 and appeared on the first Peel Day program on Radio One commemorating the first anniversary of Peel’s death.

Cantrell’s music has been celebrated in the press including features in The New York Times, “O” Magazine, Elle, and the Wall Street Journal. Cantrell’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “On Point,” and “Weekend Edition.” She has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” and the “Grand Ole Opry,” and appeared on the television programs “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and the Sundance Channel’s “Spectacle: Elvis Costello.” In recent years, she has been a contributor to The New York Times and

Last spring, Cantrell released Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs Of The Queen of Country Music, a recording she made in honor of one of her heroines, the great Kitty Wells. A meditation on femininity in country music, the set takes its title from an original song written in tribute to Wells. At present, Cantrell is at work on her fourth album of original material.


Laura Cantrell Just Like a Rose: The Anniversary Sessions

Push the Swing
Bide My Time
Brand New Eyes
Just Like a Rose
When the Roses Bloom Again
Secret Language
I'm Gonna Miss This Town
Good Morning Mr. Afternoon
Holding You in My Heart

Laura Cantrell No Way There From Here

All The Girls Are Complicated
Starry Skies
Letter She Sent
No Way There From Here
Glass Armour
Beg or Borrow Days
Driving Down Your Street
When It Comes To You
Can't Wait
Barely Said A Thing
Washday Blues
Someday Sparrow

Laura Cantrell Humming By The Flowered Vine

14th Street
What You Said
And Still
Khaki & Corduroy
California Rose
Wishful Thinking
Poor Ellen Smith
Old Downtown

Laura Cantrell When The Roses Bloom Again

Too Late for Tonight
All the Same to You
Early Years
Don't Break the Heart
Mountain Fern
Vaguest idea
Yonder Comes a Freight Train
Broken Again
When the Roses Bloom Again
Conqueror's Song
Oh So Many Years

Laura Cantrell Not The Tremblin Kind

Not the Tremblin' Kind
Little Bit of You
Queen of the Coast
Pile of Woe
Two Seconds
Churches Off the Interstate
The Whiskey Makes You Sweeter
Do You Ever Think of Me
Big Wheel
My Heart Goes Out to You
Somewhere, Some Night
The Way It Is