Anna Laube. Anna Laube. Ahh…Pockets! Records

This self-titled album is actually Madison, Wisconsin based Laube’s third release. Sitting at the folkier end of Americana with a slight blues bent here and there Laube sings with an engaging innocence, her voice light at times although there’s an emotional heft to it. There’s an early seventies feel to the album recalling the likes of Melanie and Maria Muldaur with Laube updating the traditional Cocaine Blues on Sugarcane, channelling Woody Guthrie on The Bike Song and offering a very fine and reverential cover of Satisfied Mind.

Chuck Leavell (of Allman Brothers fame) adds keyboards to the finger poppin’ Oh My! (Oh Me Oh Me Oh My) and there’s some beat up beatnik blues guitar scraping on You Ain’t Worth My Time Anymore but Laube shines best on the opening and closing songs here. Already There and Green shimmer with a sunny disposition, perfect for listening to in a verdant setting.