wrote her first song at age eighteen, and has now been writing and
performing folk music for over 25 years. She spent the first 17 of
those years just playing in nearly every bar in Lincoln, Nebraska.
For the past 22 years she has been raising her three daughters, Rachel
22, Anna 19 and Sarah 10, mostly as a single mother, so she was not
able to travel extensively, although ten years ago she discovered the
folk venue scene - house concerts, festivals & coffeehouses, and
has been sporadically traveling out of town to perform ever since.
In 1995, she released a cassette album called We Were All Babies, containing
nine original songs and a cover of Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter's "Ripple." In
1996, she released a 24-song, 90-minute live cassette album entitled Live at
the Purple Moon Coffeehouse, that contained seven original songs and 17 covers
of some of her favorite songs. Both of these recordings sold well locally in
Lincoln, Nebraska, and some surrounding areas, but are no longer in print.
In 1997, Laurie took her three girls and they moved to Nashville, Tennessee.
Laurie's song "My Heaven," was featured in the winter 1997 issue
of Sing Out! magazine.
In 1999, she released her first CD, The Child Behind My Eyes, containing thirteen
originals and an a capella version of Gillian Welch's and David Rawlings' "Acony
Bell." Marcia, Mike & Carol Calvert of Blazon Pearl sing harmony on
Acony Bell Jamie Hartford (son of John) appears on the recording playing electric
guitar, mandolin, and singing harmony. Charlie Chadwick, a top session bass
player in Nashville, produced The Child Behind My Eyes. During the recording,
Laurie and Charlie fell in love and were subsequently married in 2000.
Also in 2000, Laurie's song, "Only Four," from The Child Behind
My Eyes, was chosen for the Hope, Mothers Helping Mothers CD, with proceeds
going to a women's and children's shelter, Project Hope. Other artists appearing
on that CD include: Tish Hinojosa, Diane Zeigler, Sara Hickman, Suzzy Roche,
and Eliza Gilkyson.
In 2001 she released a thirteen-song CD from a 1996 live recording at a coffeehouse
in Lincoln, Nebraska, titled Laurie Mcclain, Live at the Purple Moon Coffeehouse,
which is a digitally mastered, stripped down verison of the 24-song cassette
album mentioned above, with five originals and eight covers, including songs
by Steve Forbert, Dar Williams, Gram Parsons, and "Suzanne," by Leonard
Cohen, which was the first song she learned to play on the guitar.
Recently she formed the Laurie McClain Band, a subtle five-piece group consisting
of Laurie on acoustic guitar & harmonica; Sergio Webb on acoustic & electric
guitar; Jeff Gilkinson on cello, harmonica & banjo; Rick Lonow on light
drums & percussion; and Charlie Chadwick on upright bass & cello. Their
September 2002 debut performance was at the RADIO CAFÉ in Nashville,
TN, opening for folk rocker Steve Forbert.
In January, 2003, Laurie released The Trumpet Vine, A Tribute To Kate Wolf
. This 14-song CD has 13 Kate Wolf songs and one song, called “We've
Loved Away The Night,” that Laurie wrote music to some Kate Wolf lyrics.
Musicians and harmony singers contributing their talent to this album include:
Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Pam Tillis, Anne Hills, Nina Gerber, Donna Henschell & Kelly
Mulhollan of Still on the Hill, Muriel Anderson, Jerry Rau, Kathy Chiavola,
Carter Wood, Tom Mitchell and more