Album: Laura Veirs, Tumble Bee (Bella Union)

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The Independent Culture

Children like Laura Veirs.

Nothing strange about that – they also like small furry animals. So there is something unsurprising about her creation of an entire album dedicated to the ears of the tinies: 13 songs for the young, some written by Jimmie Rodgers, Woody Guthrie, Harry Belafonte, all arranged by long-standing collaborator Tucker Martine to draw on the most innocent timbres of the American folk tradition. It is, almost inevitably, charming.