Laura Cantrell is a country music artist based in New York City. Born in Nashville, TN, she came to New York to attend Columbia College, and found that her abiding interest in country music helped her stay connected with her family roots. In her 16-year recording career, Cantrell has released six acclaimed albums: “Not The Tremblin’ Kind” (2000), “When The Roses Bloom Again” (2002), “Humming By The Flowered Vine” (2005), “Kitty Wells Dresses” (2011), her tribute to the pioneering Country artist Kitty Wells, “No Way There From Here” (2014), and this year’s “Laura Cantrell at the BBC,” a collection of live performances from the BBC from the years 2000-2005. Cantrell was a favorite of pioneering British disc jockey John Peel, who called her 2000 album “Not The Tremblin’ Kind” “my favorite record of the last ten years, possibly my life.” Cantrell recorded several Peel sessions for the BBC from 2000-2004 and appeared on the first Peel Day program on Radio One commemorating the first anniversary of Peel’s death; her Peel sessions performances form the bulk of the material presented on “Laura Cantrell at the BBC.”
Cantrell got her start playing music in the bars of the Lower East Side and on the airwaves of pioneering free form station WFMU in Jersey City, NJ with her long-running radio program, “The Radio Thrift Shop.” The program was a Saturday afternoon staple in the New York area for 13 years before moving to WFMU.org for two years, and running for two seasons on BBC Radio Scotland as a summer replacement in the mid-aughts.
Cantrell has toured extensively in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe, and her recordings have been celebrated in the press including features in The New York Times, “O” Magazine, Elle, and The Wall Street Journal. Cantrell’s music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” “On Point,” and “Weekend Edition.” She has performed on “A Prairie Home Companion,” “Mountain Stage,” and the “Grand Ole Opry,” and appeared on the television programs “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” the Sundance Channel’s “Spectacle: Elvis Costello,” and the BBC’s “Andrew Marr Show.”