the new album from Laura Tsaggaris
digital release: January 22, 2013
CD release: February 2, 2013
CD Release Show
February 2, 2013
600 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
EVERYMAN is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. To make a tax-deductible donation to this ongoing project, visit fracturedatlas.org/donate/5753.
I’m just like you. At least, that’s what I hope you’ll take away from my new album, EVERYMAN. Produced by Jamie Candiloro (REM, Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson, Courtney Love, Luscious Jackson) and out January 22, 2013, my third full-length record places a magnifying glass on the paradox we all face at the hands of the human condition.
In literature, an Everyman is an ordinary person placed in extraordinary circumstances. Well, I feel like we all fit that bill. Ordinary in our daily struggles with fear, insecurity, frustration, judgment and loss, we each experience extraordinary moments of conquering these overwhelming obstacles through the engines of courage, confidence, perseverance, empathy and love. When you think about it, it’s pretty amazing what we collectively do each and every day. These 13 songs are my humble call to unite under the principle that, no matter our sex, gender, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status or profession, we are all Everyman.
EVERYMAN is born of the idea that the best music connects people. It connects you to yourself, and it connects you to others. It makes you move your body when you’re alone, and it gets you dancing in a crowd. It lets you cry about something in your own life because the emotion of the person singing is made so undeniably real. Basically, it produces tangible results. Social media is an important part of being a musician these days, but tangibility is hard to find on the Internet. So, I decided to conduct an experiment with EVERYMAN. Any time an interaction inspired me to write a song, I recorded it on my phone and sent it to the person that had inspired it. This produced some of those tangible results I was looking for — tears, hugs, nodding heads — and got me back to the most awesome parts about making music. It reconnected me with my craft, and it made me feel… extraordinary.
But I was still a long way from making a great record. Luckily, I got a little help from a friend and fellow songwriter, Justin Jones, who introduced me to Jamie Candiloro. We hit it off over the phone, and our conversations invigorated me. Armed with a clearer vision, I wrote a few more songs and my fans contributed the money necessary to make EVERYMAN a reality. The rest is a history of perfectly sunny days spent in a dark room with one of the industry’s best minds, honoring my songs and eating chocolate. Throw in a day with master pedal steel man Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty), guitar sessions with jack-of-everything Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones), and backing vocals from Ryan Adams, and it all sounds pretty perfect.