Performer extraordinaire, Laura Kemp (has the) ability to make an audience chuckle, tear up, and feel an instant connection with her lyrics - all in the course of one song. - San Francisco Bay Guardian

A true songwriter with a voice and guitar that work together like no other… you know you’re going to be entertained with Laura Kemp.” - Ed Mellnik, Mostly Folk, KZME Portland, Oregon

Laura Kemp is certainly in the top 5 of all unsigned folk/acoustic-rock artists - Folk Web, Boston

Give Bob Dylan a good voice and you've got the idea of the impact of Laura Kemp's message and music. - Victory Review, Seattle, WA

The sun-touched folk songs on Laura Kemp's May are as clear and cool as rainwater. This is unadulterated acoustic folk … a magnetic blend of classic American folk with Southern Americana, the result sounding like a mix of Joan Baez and Shawn Colvin or Joni Mitchell and Mary Chapin Carpenter. - Performing Songwriter, July/Aug. 2005

There is something organically alive about this recording. Kemp sings with a beautiful, assured voice that knows where it's going. - Sing Out!, Spring 2005

A skillfully and beautifully assembled song cycle that sets a new standard for a Rain Water Records album. It surpasses even Laura's fine previous recordings in the quality of the performances, the depth and range of emotion and experience conveyed, the beauty and power of the music. - Talking Leaves, Spring 2004



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Tim May, Steve Smith, Laura Kemp

House Concert, 118 Merry Lane, Eugene, OR

I am excited to bring Steve Smith to town after many years! Steve is the mandolin player from my album May and we have shared the stage multiple times in OR as well as NM. He is touring with an amazing guitarist from Nashville, Tim May. I'll be playing a few songs in the show but mostly stepping aside to let these two guys dazzle you for the evening. Seating is very limited so make your reservation early!

The Tim May and Steve Smith duo brings an evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May.  The two musicians have collaborated in studio and on stages nationwide and now bring their acoustic brand of fire on the strings to Eugene. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation. Their latest CD (July 2016) Murder of Crows reflects upon this acoustic music force the duo has become and includes seven originals. Their shows include tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles.


Sharing the bill with Kathryn Claire!

Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St, Eugene, OR

So much looking forward to sharing the stage with Kathryn Claire! Originally from Eugene, Kathryn is now based out of Portland and spends most of her time touring. This will be a sold out show - get your tix soon. I will go on promptly at 8pm and Kathryn will take over shortly after 9pm with her 4 piece band!

$15-20 sliding scale


Laura Kemp Solo

Eugene Saturday Market, downtown, Oak and 8th, Eugene, OR

Playing solo for this before noon (yikes!) set on the last day of August. Come on down to the market for a cuppa joe and a serenade!