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Katey Laurel to play Steamboat’s Chief Theater on Friday

Luke Graham
Katey Laurel
John F. Russell

— The last time Katey Laurel stepped foot into the Chief Theater was years ago when she attended a showing of “Titanic” with her mother.

A lot has changed in the past 16 years with Laurel and the Chief, and they’ll be reunited Friday under much different circumstances.

Laurel will hold a CD release party for her third studio album titled “Periscope.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the show set for 7 p.m. Advance tickets are $12 and available at All That Jazz. Tickets also are available at the door for $15.

Recent Steamboat Springs High School graduate Guerin Lewis will open the show.

“This looks awesome,” Laurel said Thursday afternoon after seeing the Chief for the first time in 16 years. “Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect.”

Laurel has been on a steady rise in the music industry. After graduating from Soroco High School in 1999, the singer-songwriter, went to college in Indiana.

She returned to the Yampa Valley in 2004 for a bit before moving to Denver to fully pursue her musical dreams.

After her first two albums drew her notoriety, her latest is the best to date.

The sound is commercial, but it’s Laurel’s voice and the production value that sets it apart from the others.

Her voice has more soul to it on this record while maintaining that twang of folk and country.

It also helps that it was produced by Warren Huart, who has helped produce albums for The Fray and Aerosmith.

“The songwriting is much better,” she said. “I’ve become a better songwriter as I’ve matured.”

The new album has been more than a year in the making. She used crowd funding sites to help pay for the endeavor. Originally slated as an EP, it soon became more when Laurel got more funding.

She got in touch with Huart about doing the single “Hurricane,” the strongest song on the album featuring rich drum beats and Laurel’s voice at its best. The two met again in May and did the entire record.

“Really, in two months, it all came together,” she said.

Laurel also will have her full band in town for the show. She said she always likes to come back to the area, and when Chief Theater Executive Director Scott Parker called, she thought a CD release was fitting.

Parker and Laurel have known each other for years, working on the Yampa Valley Education Initiative when Laurel was in high school.

When Parker took over the Chief, Laurel was at the top of his list.

“When I got this job,” he said, “she was one of the first people I thought of.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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