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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Porch Fest 2022

Friendly Neighborhood: in the backyard of Oriana and Mark, Eugene, OR

This is our makeup date for Eugene PorchFest this year as we got rained out in June. So happy to be playing a 75 minute set with the wonderful Jeremy Wegner on mandolin and Sean Peterson on bass, with special guest Mark Hurwitt on percussion! We will be all acoustic playing in the garden :-)

Must buy tickets online beforehand; $5-40 sliding scale