Laura Jean Anderson has shared “On My Mind,” a previously unreleased single from the singer/songwriter’s debut EP Lonesome No More. Written while driving from Arizona to Los Angeles with just her dog for company, Anderson was hit with inspiration after dropping off a new love at the airport in the aftermath of playing a string of bad shows. What starts out as a meandering, melancholic ballad through the dark swells out of Anderson’s lush vocalizations and simple acoustic strums. Poignant and moving, Anderson’s folk sensibility and voracious intimacy delivers “On My Mind” as if the listener was right there in the car when it was dreamed up.
|“I didn’t have any paper and was also driving so I would write down lyrics on my thigh to remember. Whenever I stopped for gas, I would plunk it out on my unplugged electric guitar. It was hours of putting this song together, hearing it only in my mind and my thigh covered in pen marks, but I promised myself that whatever state it was in, I would play it at my show in LA that night. I had no idea how it really would sound. I finished it, played it that night raw and unedited and the song was as is. I tried to produce it and put the band on, molding it into many genres and styles and it just never fit. Finally, I just decided to record it stripped down, as I heard it while driving in my car – exactly like the first time I played it.”|
Listen to Laura Jean Anderson’s new single “On My Mind” below.
Laura Jean Anderson is currently on tour. If you missed her recent LA gig, you can catch her at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara on May 2 and at the Casbah in San Diego on May 4. Lonesome No More is out now via B3SCI Records, order it here.
|Laura Jean Anderson tour:|
Mar 28 // Olympia, WA @ Octapas Cafe
Mar 29 // Bellingham, WA @ Wild Buffalo *
Mar 30 // Vancouver, BC @ Wise Hall & Lounge *
Mar 31 // Bend, OR @ Volcanic Theatre Pub *
Apr 3 // San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Apr 4 // Los Angeles, CA @ Moroccan Lounge *
Apr 5 // San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
May 2 // Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones ^
May 4 // San Diego, CA @ Casbah ^
* w/ The Dip
^ w/ Lauren Ruth Ward