Lauralee Northcott is an award winning musician and fiber artist. She plays guitar and sings, offering both original and classic western songs. In addition, she recites original poetry expressing time spent in the wilderness. With over 20 years of experience as a guide and wilderness cook in Washington State, she has a lot to say about life in the mountains.
Lauralee's interest in the horse culture of the last century in American history, and love of all things western is authentic and abiding. In the 1990's she interviewed over 50 people who have spent extensive time in the wilderness, spanning almost 70 years of personal narratives. Some of her work is now used to enhance the exhibits at the Shafter Museum in her home town of Winthrop, WA. She has borrowed a lot of their stories and you can hear about them in her performances.
With a degree in music from Western Washington University Northcott began her career as a public school teacher. She taught in the public schools for just over 30 years, teaching music and grade school. Teaching in the winter, guiding and cooking in the summer, and playing music on the weekends has pretty much been her working career.
Lauralee's broadcasting career was short and sweet. She hosted the Dollar Watch Cowboy Show a radio program for over 4 years airing in North Central Washington featuring cowboy music, cowboy poetry, true stories and tall tales. Lauralee's accomplishments have been recorded in the academic work: Wranglin' Women (Humor and Gender in the American West) by Kristin M McAndrews. Nevada University Press. She is also represented in the work: She Speaks to Me (A Western Women's View of the West Through Poetry and Song) by Jill Charlotte Stanford. Two Dot Press
For 17 years Lauralee was the bass player for Horse Crazy Cowgirl Band. This rollicking trio of fun cowgirls toured the west and points beyond. The history of the band members is found in the recording section of this website, with pictures and recordings. The band was named "Group of the year 2015" by the Western Music Association. In addition, the band won: Harmony Trio of the Year, 2009; Crescendo Award for rising star honors, 2009; Harmony Trio of the Year, 2010; Best of the Best Harmony Group of the Year, 2014; and finally, Group of the year, 2015. The band was super fun and had a long run, you are going to enjoy listening to album samples of the recordings page, don't be afraid to buy a bunch!
Basket making became a passion for Lauralee in about 2015 or so. Since that time her work is displayed in many galleries and is well loved by her family. She was awarded the "Best in Show" at the 2016 Western Art Association National Art Show. Her baskets are made of Ponderosa Pine needles collected from the hills around her home.