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. That interest was the motivation behind her long-running radio program on WFMU in Jersey City, NJ, The Radio Thrift Shop. Beginning on WFMU in 1993, the program was a Saturday afternoon staple in the New York area for 13 years, then moved to WFMU.org and ran for two seasons on BBC Radio Scotland as a summer replacement in 2005 and 2006.
Cantrell’s acclaimed albums include Not the Tremblin’ Kind (2000), When the Roses Bloom Again (2002), Humming by the Flowered Vine (2005), Trains and Boats and Planes (2008), Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music (2011), and, most recently No Way There from Here (2014). She has toured extensively in the United Kingdom, Europe and Ireland, and was a favorite of the late pioneering British disc jockey John Peel, who called Not the Tremblin’ Kind “my favorite record of the last ten years, possibly my life.”
Cantrell’s music has been celebrated in the press including features in The New York Times, O- The Oprah Magazine, Elle, and The Wall Street Journal. It has also been featured on NPR programs All Things Considered, On Point, Weekend Edition and The World Cafe. Other radio programs on which she has performed include A Prairie Home Companion and Mountain Stage, and she has also appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, as well as on the television programs Late Night with Conan O’Brien and the Sundance Channel’s Spectacle: Elvis Costello. In recent years, she has been a contributor to The New York Times and www.VanityFair.com.