Laura McLean has a beehive of songs and riffs buzzing round her had at all times. Some sting and some make honey, and a swarm or two of them are about to hit the airwaves soon. Her latest solo effort SHEVEN DEADLY SHINS is taking shape nicely at LowTide Studio, and her band New Riders of Calamity has been wood-shedding a pile of new tunes that might be described as .....southern surfadelic!
El has garnered over 10,000 plays worldwide for cuts from her last release Elliguitar and has fans from all over the globe. She is a
native of Wilmington NC and has taught guitar since 11th grade in the 70s, when she ran to Williston Jr High from New Hanover High on her lunch break to teach an orphaned 9th grade guitar class. She has punked it at CBGBs, rocked it at Rusty's Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier, folked out at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta, and she raps more than any woman you know. Nearly a half a million miles on her car and still rolling, El is planning a nationwide call to arms for WOMEN -FIGHT FOR YOUR GUITAR RIGHTS and OPEN GUITAR CARRY!!! Coming soon to a venue near you..
Laura teaches music comp/guitar/digital production to the young and at-risk at the Dreams Center for Arts Education and various outreach centers, and nurtures private students of songwriting, guitar and hiphop/loop-based recording.
Accordion master Al Dimarco recently handed over the duties of running the much-loved songwriter showcases at Ted's Fun on the River to Laura, and November 19, folks will gather to offer up a Thanksgiving song at 7pm. Open to all, come early to play early. Do not take it personally when Kelly runs us out at 9. : ]