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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Michigan Country Rockin' at The Intersection with Tyler Farr...



Hey hey, friends!

In February I traveled up to Michigan to open for Tyler Farr at one of my favorite, favorite venues in all the land, The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI.

I have played some of my most memorable shows on The Intersection's stage and it had been a little bit since I'd played there. It was the best homecoming! It felt so good to play that stage again.

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I also got to rock one of my new favorite hair/makeup combos. Hillary at Cheeky Strut did a supa rad braid and twist situation with my hair and I loved it! Kelsie killed it doing my makeup too. It is the coolest thing getting to try out new looks and fun styles for my shows, thanks to the creative visions of these gals. I feel so lucky to have such talented people create new looks and makeup styles. The added confidence I have on stage because of these fun looks is such a bonus. Sometimes I don't even think they know how much extra confidence they add to my shows each time I get to have them doll me up. Honestly, I can't stress enough how awesome and talented they are. If you're looking for something new and fresh to try out with your look, need to find the perfect hair and/or makeup product or just want to get dolled up for the day, I highly recommend Cheeky Strut and Siren and Proper in Grand Rapids, MI. Check em' out y'all!

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I left Nashville the day before the show and sort of packed my bags in about 20 minutes. Though this particular show came up a little last minute, the whole packing 20 minutes before I leave thing is a habit I seriously need to break. Mostly because I get to where I'm going and then realize I've forgotten about 37 things. This trip, it was an outfit for the show that I forgot to pack. 

Hmm, kinda important.

So, the morning of the show I made a quick trip to the mall in search of an outfit and I had about 30 minutes to make it happen. Luckily, I did find the perfect dress. It was right up my alley being black, incorporating lace and having a unique design. I'm a little glad I waited until the last minute on this one. Unfortunately it doesn't always work out with way...so yes, I do need to commit to packing AT LEAST the day before for the road from now on...or like at least a few hours before I leave...like maybe at least an hour before I leave. (p.s - i hate packing)

Outfit details are below!


Dress: Forever 21 - Find it HERE

Boots: H&M (These boots rule. I wear them ALL THE TIME) 

Earrings: These are the same earrings I wore in the Sweetheart Music Video. I got them at Forever 21 (a year ago though). 


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Soundcheck...check. 
  

KLB backstage about 10 minutes before show time. Pretty darn thankful for these cats. 


Here we go!


Big thanks to Kristen's Flashback Photography for capturing and sharing some of her photos!



Y'all were a FANTASTIC crowd. The guys and I were talking afterward about how that was one of the most fun shows we've played in a while and y'all were a huge part of why that was. The sound crew at The Intersection were exceptional as well (another reason we love playing here so much, they are awesome). Thanks all around to The Intersection, sound and stage crew, Tyler Farr and crew for having us out and the crowd for having ALL the energy and showing us so much love! Y'all made it a phenomenal night. 



Packed house!
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I got to hang out and meet so many of you after the show AND I got to see tons of familiar faces. I say this all the time and I'll never stop saying it...meeting, chatting and connecting with y'all at my shows is one of the very best things about what I get to do for a living. If I ever do not come out after a show or there isn't a meet and greet before the show, there will be a very good reason for it and it will almost certainly NOT be by my choice. Loved chatting with y'all at this show!


How awesome are these guys for grabbin' a couple of my pink 'Don't Lose Your Sweet Heart' T-shirts at the show and sporting them for the rest of the night? 


Guys, this is DEAN-O and he has been a HUGE encourager of my music since I started releasing music to radio way back in 2010-ish. He currently spins my songs on 96.7 The Bull and I'm so thankful for his support and friendship. Thank you for everything DEAN-O!


Speaking of amazing, encouraging and supportive people, can we just take a minute to talk about how much Jaimie and I LOVE B93's Britta?! If you've met Britta, you know why we love her so much. She is an absolute GEM and we're always so happy to see her at shows and events. Thanks for being your sparkly, spunky, kind and beautiful self Britta! I missed the adorable kissy face memo guys...sorry.


Let's just keep this love train a rollin' :) 

I get to have my best friend as a tour manager...how rad is that?! If you have been to a show, you've probably seen Jaimie behind the merchandise table, backstage, out in the crowd and basically ANYWHERE & EVERYWHERE at every venue and show we play. She is usually working her tail off taking photos, helping the band, selling merch and running around to make sure we have a great show. She is a jack of all trades and I do not tell her often enough how lucky I am to have her in my corner throughout all the craziness. Next time you see her at the show, tell her she's awesome and give her a high five, ok? 

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I already CAN'T wait to get back up to Michigan and play again. We've got some fun shows booked this summer up north. Check out our SHOW DATES and stay tuned for some supa sweet announcements coming soon too!

Thanks for reading y'all. 


Nothin' but love



xo - Kari







Monday, March 20, 2017

Christmas show rockin' with Frankie Ballard at The State Theater...

Hey guys!

Whoa.

2017 has been quite a trip so far. Now we're here in March and I sorta haven't blogged in a couple months. *face palm*

Anywho! I wanna catch y'all up, so I'll be posting 3 blogs this week recapping some of the awesome shows we got to play the last couple of months.

First up, our show with Frankie Ballard at The State Theater in Kalamazoo.

Blogs covering our show in February with Tyler Farr at The Intersection AND the Two To Be Lonely Tour coming later this week as well. Whoohoo!


Ok, so technically this show happened near the end of December, but we're counting it here. 

It is always so much fun getting to share a stage with Frankie Ballard. He's a born and raised Michigan boy and when the Michigan fans come out to his shows It. Is A. PARTY. This was my fifth time opening for Frankie and each time it's more fun than the last. Frankie and his crew are always awesome to us. His family is wonderful and everyone always makes us feel so welcomed. It was really a joy to get to open his Christmas show at the State Theater again. Huge thanks to him and his crew and family for having us out!

Also huge thanks to the stunning Kalamazoo State Theater for having us back. I love playing that stage and love the folks at The State Theater. One of my very favorite places to play, and also one of the best places to see a show y'all. Check them out!

The day started with a visit to my beauties at Cheeky Strut in Grand Rapids, MI where we decided to have a little bit of fun and add some Pink Christmas sparkle! It's a little scary doing drastic changes with my look, but always so worth it and Hillary absolutely NAILED IT with this Brigitte Bardot (my personal hair icon) inspired hair. Kalie over at Siren and Proper in Grand Rapids, MI did a beautiful job with my makeup too. I'm so lucky to have these wonderful and talented women making me feel all sparkly and pretty for my shows! They kill it every single time and are so creative. Check them out and give them a visit y'all!


PINK! 



Pre-show backstage with KLB. Typical.


Show Time.



Big thanks to the wonderful Tim Niceswander (Photo-Famous) for shooting lovely photos of our show and sharing them with us. He's a staple at Frankie's Christmas show every year. Such an awesome guy and a wonderful photographer. Check out his work on Facebook



All smiles all the damn time because the stage is my happy place. 





I get a lot of folks asking where I get my outfits for shows. I especially had a lot of folks ask about this particular outfit. So, here you go!

Romper: Via my momma (seriously, my mom found this and picked it out for me because she rules...also she got it at Charlotte Russe.)

Boots: H&M

Belt: No Idea. I've literally had this belt for 10 years. But I imagine just about any thicker black belt would work well with this look.


Frankie, doin' the thing! 


Hi, I'm Kari. Let's be friends. :)

Meeting and getting to chat with and hug y'all after shows is one of my very favorite things about what I do. Thanks for coming over to say hello after the show! :)



Kissin' Frogs at the Meet N' Greet.


Y'all, I love them. From running the merch table, taking care of "the behind the scenes" on show days, to making runs for eyelash glue, to making sure I remember to eat and have fun and not take myself too seriously...I would totally be a mess without these girls. xo


That guy right there is a class act y'all. SHOUTING IT OUT to Frankie for donating one of his signed baseball jerseys from his days playing at Western University to the Jingle Jam this year. After the show he graciously gave this to us to auction off at the Jingle Jam (which is held every December to benefit Mel Trotter Ministries) helping to fight homelessness!


Also shouting it out to Big Frank! Frankie's dad is awesome y'all. He always has the sweetest words of encouragement and support and is just a fun guy to be around. He's been an encourager of my music and career since the first time I opened for Frankie back in 2012 and I hope he and his family know how much I appreciate them and the kindness they've shown me!

Wanna see more photos? Check out my FACEBOOK PAGE for more! 

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Stay tuned this week for a couple more posts catching us all back up. I had planned to stay on top of my blog, blogging more often (weekly) beginning in January 2017, but January and February proved to be a little crazy with travel, some unexpected life changes and in addition I spent the second half of February battling illness. Also, my puppy Jack Jack passed away unexpectedly in early February, so I had to give myself a little time to get back on track. 

That being said, I love blogging and I'll be doing it a lot more this year. I'll also be switching it up a little and blogging about more things. I pay attention when you guys e-mail and message me about my blog and what you'd like to see. Folks have suggested that I write more blogs featuring outfit posts, to sharing more about what I'm listening to, more about life in Nashville and life on the road, to the more personal interest posts and sharing more of my writing work via this blog. So, ask and you shall receive! I'll be sharing more of those things this year and writing weekly blogs to help cover more ground. I created this blog as a way to reach out and share more than just pictures on Instagram and posts on Facebook. I get to dig in here and it's going to be fun to explore more of that this year. 

Thanks for following along y'all!


nothin' but love. 


xo - Kari 













Sunday, January 29, 2017

every word has consequences. every silence, too...




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I'm pretty sure I've been told to "shut up and sing" by at least one person every time I've strongly voiced my opinion publicly on situations I deem unjust. Sometimes from people who have been fans of my music for years. Sometimes from people I hardly know at all. I’d be lying if I told you that the fear of rejection or judgement that comes with speaking out about sensitive subjects hasn’t stopped me from doing so in the past. It seems like there are some people out there who only want to support you or listen to you if you're saying something they agree with, or if you're not saying anything at all. 

I feel like I have to comment on this. 

Guys, I love what I do for a living and I am so very grateful for this life and every opportunity God has given me. I’m so incredibly thankful for all of you. I love making music, writing songs and performing live. I love being an artist. But it turns out, I do actually own the ability to think freely and form opinions, outside of music, and I am passionate about voicing those opinions and beliefs when I feel like I have something important to say and when I feel like it could make a difference for the better. I have to believe that most people understand that in addition to being a musician and performer, I am also a human with thoughts and feelings and a strong moral compass. I have to believe that most people want to try to understand perspectives different from their own so they can better understand the world, what’s happening in the world and how we can best come together to solve problems in the most constructive and safest way possible for ALL people. 

Though there are many people who would rather come to a show or listen to my album and not ever have to hear my feelings about important world and life events, I must speak up and speak my mind and I'm not ever going to apologize for it. It’s so sad to me that this is even an issue. It’s so sad to me that these are some of the comments I’ve received from people when I’ve chosen to voice my opinions on a particular matter:

“Maybe you two (referring to a senator I had voiced my approval of) should get a room.”

“You’d be better off sticking to music.”

“Less talking, more singing.” 

"If you don't like it, you can leave."

“You’re prettier when you don’t talk.” (yeah, someone actually said this.)

“It’s a shame I can’t support you anymore now because I do like your music.” (in response to a post I had made about supporting marriage equality.)
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You know what the real shame is? The real shame is that some folks aren’t willing to have a constructive conversation about their difference of opinion with others anymore. The real shame is that some folks refuse to hear you out before you even open your mouth to speak because they don’t want to hear what you have to say because you might actually make some sense, make them have to think or question their judgement, or be able to prove them wrong and that’s too scary. The real shame is that it’s easier for some people to be ignorant than to be informed. The real shame is that when we lose our ability to have constructive and logical discussions using factual information and compassion to communicate with one another, we lose our ability to constructively compromise and successfully solve problems that affect all of us.

I was raised to believe that there's enough sun in the world for everyone, that no one should be forced to live in the shadows while others are allowed to bask in privilege and opportunity, that I'm not better than anyone else and no one is better than me, that if you work hard you can accomplish great things, that if you believe something should change you have to take action and BE that change, that kindness and compassion matters and no matter what a person's economic status, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, race, gender…etc, we are ALL children of God and we ALL deserve love, respect and a chance to do great things in this world. 

I cannot let fear stop me from voicing and doing what I believe is right in situations of injustice, because if you are quiet when it counts, you are a part of the problem. 

I love my country, but I hate the division that is happening in my country because of the powers that be. I hate the fear-mongering, the sexism, the homophobia, the racism, the corruption, the hypocrisy, the lies...these things are NOT what we are about. This is not how God asks us to treat one another.

I refuse to accept it.
I WILL speak my mind about it. 

I am so encouraged by those peacefully and productively standing up against policies that aim to negate the very values and ideals that make America the great and beautiful country that it is. 
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If you truly believe that God loves all of us and not just SOME of us. If you truly believe that we are, ALL of us, equal in the eyes of God. If you truly believe that ALL of us deserve an equal opportunity to be great and to do great things in this world with great love. If you are one of the people who preaches that God loves all of us and that #AllLivesMatter ...now would be a damn good time to step up and practice what you preach. 

I choose to step up. I choose love. I choose to use my voice for good. I choose to stand with the oppressed and the weary. I choose to do and say what I believe is morally right. I choose to take action when I see injustice happening around me. I chose to engage in thoughtful and productive discussions with those who may not agree with me and those who aim to be a part of the solution and a voice for those who need it most. I chose to not just say I am a Christian, but to act like it too because I chose to take the phrase "What Would Jesus Do" seriously, because it only takes one person to stand up for what is right to engage and inspire more people to do the same. It’s not about being a Republican or a Democrat, or Liberal or Conservative, or Agnostic…it’s about standing up for what you know is right. We can disagree with one another and still do what’s right. 

I'm choosing to ignore the folks who tell me to "shut up and sing" because what's happening in our country and in the world right now is more important than whether or not I lose a few fans because they don't agree with me or I'm a little too fiery for them. Because right now, more than ever, it's so important to be a part of the powerful movement of those passionate folks who've chosen to work fiercely to keep our country moving forward in equality and love and to not take part in actions or with those who are actively working to destroy the human rights that so many have fought and died to protect and instill in our country, and in this world. 

I have so much love for you guys and I'd like for all of you to stick around. I hope you won't go anywhere. I like that the type of relationship I’ve had with all of you has been an open one from the start and I’d like to hear you out. I'd like us to be able to have reasonable, constructive, adult conversations. I welcome your constructive thoughts and opinions because I will always welcome the opportunity to hear you out and fight for the greater good of ALL people. 

But I will not welcome hateful, violent comments or childish name-calling or actions, ever. 

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"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." 

- Martin Luther King Jr. 
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We are, right now, in the thick of a very crucial and significant time in the history of our country. 

What side of history will you chose to be a part of?


nothin’ but love y’all, 


 xo - Kari 

#Resist ✊🏼
#WeAreBetterThanThis 
#StandUpStepUp 
#LoveIsLoveIsLoveIsLove 
#NoBanNoWall

Monday, January 2, 2017

the best is yet to come...



Does anyone else feel like 2017 came outta nowhere? 

Yesterday I spent almost 9 hours on the road by myself and had a good long while to reflect on the past year. When I actually start putting all the pieces together, it's easy to understand why 2016 feels a little bit like a blur. 

2016 was crazy busy and chock-full of the wonderful, the weird and the why.

I know a lot of people were more than ready to boot 2016 out the door and lock it behind them as quickly as possible and if I'm being completely honest, there are parts of me that were ready for that too. When I think about the sadness of world events that happened this year...mass shootings, a division between police and people, continued wars around the world, terror attacks, the Flint water crisis, witnessing fear and hate as we discussed whether or not we'd be a country that would welcome refugees, saw laws passed that discriminated against people and we became more politically divided than ever before. 

This isn't a blog-post about how much 2016 sucked, by the way. Because although 2016 was full of, "wait...what?" moments, it was pretty great in a lot of ways too. When I stop to really think about it, I owe a lot to 2016 and I have A LOT to be thankful for. 
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I'm a writer. I write everything down. It's how I process life. So, I decided to make a list of 26 (because 26 is my lucky number) wonderful things I am thankful for and things I experienced in 2016. If you're feeling a little disheartened about the last year and you're having trouble seeing the good in life, I'd suggest you try this and start with seeing the good in your own life. It's a fantastic way to remind yourself how lucky and blessed you truly are and it allowed me to look at 2016 in a more hopeful light. 

This list is in no particular order.

My 26 Best Of 2016:

1. I'm healthy.

2. I have a solid handful of phenomenal friends who love and support me more than I deserve and who don't take it personally when I'm on the road for months and don't get to see them.

3. I have the best and most encouraging family in the universe who love me unconditionally and support my goals and dreams year after year.

4. I became an Aunt and realized it's basically the greatest thing ever.

5. I fell in love with a wonderful person and I finally understand what all the fuss is about. ;)

6. I learned A LOT about myself in 2016 and I let go of negative baggage I'd been needing to say goodbye to for awhile. It's a constant work in progress, but 2016 really saw the start of learning self-acceptance, dealing with demons and learning how to be OK with not being OK sometimes.

7. I recorded and released my first full-length album, "Little Games" and I truly could not be prouder of this record.

8. Speaking of "Little Games," I got to reach a goal and record my album in Nashville, TN at Sound Emporium Studios with an insanely talented producer (CharlieHorse Productions) and team. What? I still have a hard time coming to terms with that one.

9. I'm going on year seven of being a full-time musician. I'm able to tour, write songs and make music for a living. That blows me away and I am thankful every single day.

10. I booked and went on two cross-country tours in 2016 and got to share my music with people all over this country. On those tours I got to visit new places almost every day and see some of the most stunning places on the map. Pretty dope.

11. I was able to work with an incredible video production company (Chop & Hue) and released a music video for the first single off "Little Games" ...a song that is extremely special to me called, "Sweetheart."

12. Speaking of "Sweetheart," I got to travel to my hometown of Clare, MI to make the music video at the high school I graduated from, with the best group of talented and sweet students and I felt the support of my hometown community more than I ever have before. The way Clare, MI came together to help make this music video a successful project will hold a very special place in my heart forever. I'm so proud to have grown up in that community and so thankful for my hometown.

13. Oh yeah, I entered "Sweetheart" into the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, MI and won the country/folk music category. Such a cool thing!

14. I am blessed to make music with the best and most talented bandmates I could ask for. They are some of the best people I know.

15. I played 141 shows this year in 19 different states, got to play some venues I've wanted to play forever and got to hear my songs on several different radio stations, some of which have my music in regular rotation on their station (so rad).

16. I have the best fan family I could ask for. Hands down. It floors me that there exists people in this world who support my music and career relentlessly, encourage me daily to keep writing songs, playing shows and making new music and who have stood right beside me year after year as I grow as an artist. My fan family gives me more support than I think I'll ever come to grips with and are better to me than I will ever deserve in this life. (nothin' but love, you guys. thank you.).

17. Justin and I got to tour the upstairs at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville and play some guitars that are worth more than literally everything I own. It was terrifyingly AWESOME.

18. I personally experienced and witnessed a lot of giving this year to organizations like Mel Trotter, Mackenzie's Animal Shelter, Donate Life, Special Olympics and the Flint water crisis.

19. I MET ONE OF MY HEROES, GARTH BROOKS AND I GOT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH HIM AND TRISHA YEARWOOD (and I didn't even cry until I got back to my car afterward).

20. My faith in God grew stronger and I am learning every day how to trust in his plan for my life.

21. The Cubs won the world series (on my birthday) while we were on tour and we cheered and celebrated with strangers in Washington.

22. Although there was sorrow in 2016, it was comforting and strengthening to witness people reach out to help and support one another in times of crisis and sadness.

23. Pokemon GO happened and it's actually a fun game that gets people out and about interacting with one another and exercising. (p.s - I caught SO MANY Pokemon while touring. It was radical.)

24. I got a standing ovation after my show opening for Scotty McCreery, playing songs from "Little Games" for the first time live, for an almost sold-out crowd at The Kalamazoo State Theater...and I cried when I got off stage because of it.

25. I went golfing for the first time, drank sake for the first time, got hit by a giant wave from the Pacific ocean for the first time, saw Jason Isbell live for the first time, played a show on a bridge for the first time, held a parrot for the first time, ate Torcy's Tacos for the first time, got a latte named after me at my hometown coffee shop for the first time and got my music on Pandora Radio for the first time.

26. I wake up every day with a roof over my head, wherever that may be. :) I am free to choose my religion, where I want to live and what I want to do for a living. I get to wake up every day knowing that there are people in this world who care about my well-being and want to see me succeed. Most importantly, I have a God who shows up in my life again and again and keeps allowing me to live a life I am passionate about. That's amazing to me.

The best part about this list is that there are probably more wonderful things that I forgot to add. 

I don't know what 2017 has in store, but I know that I am looking forward to the adventures ahead and I will continue to live with a grateful heart, focus on the good, do my best to be a light for those who need it and try to do as much good as I can. 

I trust that God's plan is a good one and I believe that my best days are still ahead. 
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We are stronger and more power than we know. If you want to see change happen in 2017, be that change. Go out and make it happen. Attend your city council meetings, start an organization that supports and fights for something you care about, put yourself out there and try something new. Each day is only going to be as good as you make it and if you work for it and believe that this year will be your best year, it will be. It's all about prospective. It's all about how YOU choose to see the world and how YOU choose to react to it.

Choose to see the good in the world. 
If you can't see the good, be the good. 

The best is yet to come. This is my mantra going into every new year and every year it holds true. 


nothin' but love y'all.



xo - Kari 





Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Summa Summa Summa Tour...

Oh my gosh, is it possible? Did I actually catch my blog up in time to leave for tour tomorrow?!

I mean, just barely in time...

But yay!

I wanted to write a blogpost to RECAP the wonderful summer tour we had traveling and playing shows. I think I had more fun playing shows this summer than I ever have. That is not to say I didn't have fun other summers or didn't play shows I liked as much. I just think this summer was fun not only because of the supa rad shows we played, but also because of the people I got to make music with.

Thank you to all of those who made it out to shows this summer and made it such a BLAST for me and the guys!

Check out some of my favorite moments from Summer 2016 below...
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SUMMER 2016
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Grand Rapids, MI - We played a fun show at the Van Andel Arena and maybe had even more fun jammin' and being goofs backstage than onstage. I had been on an acoustic tour and I hadn't seen these guys in almost 3 months. It was good to see them and make music with them again. 


<3
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Kalamazoo, MI - Kari Lynch Fan Family doubles as security sometimes...who knew?!
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Grand Rapids, MI - We opened for Native Run at The Intersection and got to meet this guy and his beautiful wife. Since then, they have come out to SO many of our shows and their support and encouragement has been endless. Thank you both, Rick and Elizabeth! 
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Austin, TX - I played the Modcloth IRL in Austin, TX and rocked my world.


But first, Torchy's Tacos. Tacos in Texas might be my new favorite thing. Torchy's was phenomenal and I ate way too many tacos (if there is even such a thing).


Oh yeah, my Breedlove and I got to do a Modcloth photoshoot before my show. I was on CLOUD 9. Modcloth is one of my very favorite clothing brands. 

I still can't believe that this happened. 
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Grand Rapids, MI - Speaking of surreal moments, I also got to meet and have a conversation with my hero, Mr. Garth Brooks. I was writing a review of his show in Grand Rapids, MI for Local Spins. We chatted, we laughed, we fist pumped. He is the best. It was the best.  One of these days I'm going to open for him...it's gonna happen. 


Seriously, one of the best moments of my entire life. How often do you get to thank one of your musical heroes for being your musical hero? Life, man. 
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Grand Rapids, MI - Got to hang out, chat and play some music with these two on their radio show - Behind the Mitten. Two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They've been following my music for a long time and it's always really wonderful catching up with them. Thank you, John Gonzalez & Amy Sherman! 
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Goshen, IN - Had the HUGE honor of getting to play a stage/venue I'd wanted to play for a long time. Ignition Music in Goshen, IN is a GEM. I really hope to get to come back and play that stage again soon! It was doubly awesome because I got to share the stage with my supa talented friends, Shiny Shiny Black. Big thanks to them for having us! (also, you should check out Shiny Shiny Black's music because they are phenomenal). 

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Rockford, MI - Played a real fun show at Rockford Brewing Company right before summer got all sorts of crazy. I hadn't played in Michigan in a while and it was nice to see a lot of familiar faces. My friend, Eric Stoike took this photo and it was featured on Local Spins. He's captured a ton of moments for us over the years. Check out his work with On The Run Photography
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Battle Creek, MI - We played the Cereal Festival and it was SO HOT. We actually played two outdoor shows this day, one in the morning in Battle Creek and one later that evening in Detroit right outside of Tiger's Stadium (longest day ever). These guys were troopers all day. Look at em' looking all cool like it's not 100 degrees outside. :) 
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Lexington, KY - Justin just couldn't hack two days of playing wineries in Kentucky...this was only a few hours in, poor guy. Gonna have to train him on wine drinking during this upcoming tour I think. 

;)


Our road dawg, Bob, joined us in Lexington and drove ALL the hours the entire time there and back and in-between. We had to drive through the night to make it back in time to play Sunday afternoon in Michigan. What a guy! 


Lexington, KY - Talon Winery
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Holland, MI - We played a new concert series and it was so fun! Did I mention how much y'alls support means to me? It was so nice seeing a ton of familiar faces at this show AND meeting so many new people. :)
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Walker, MI - MEET N' GREETS ARE MY FAVORITE. I absolutely love getting to meet all of you at shows! 
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Wyoming, MI - What a homecoming show this was! I looked like this the entire time because I couldn't stop smiling. For an hour and a half you guys sang my songs back to me, danced your faces off and clapped and cheered like crazy. Such a great night! 


JAMZ.


I. LOVE. YOU. GUYS. 

...and I love meeting you and getting to hug you and getting to hear your stories at my shows. It's sincerely one of my VERY favorite things about getting to tour and play my music live. Thanks for coming over to say hello, thanks for forming lines I can't see the end of, thanks for picking up my album at shows this summer and thanks for letting this be my life. I can't say that enough, ever. 

It means the world to me. 

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Lowell, MI - You never disappoint. What a night! 


So many of you guys. All the feeeeelz in my heart. Thanks for sharing that show with us! <3


Smiles all the dang time. :)


<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 


BUT THERE WAS A MINIATURE PONY AT OUR SHOW YOU GUYS. 

A MINIATURE PONY!

#FriendsForever
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Milford, MI - Had one of our most fun shows this summer playing the Milford Summer Concert Series. 2,500 people (felt like the entire town) came out to spend their night with us. It was the warmest welcome and a blasty blast of a show!


<3


JAM SQUAD. <3


This girl has been listening to and supporting my music ever since I was releasing garage band recordings on my myspace page (thanks for sticking around through all of those terrible recordings, by the way). Casey, you are a peach and I am so thankful for you! Thank you for still coming out to shows and for your encouragement all of these years! It was so nice to see you! 
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Evart, MI - Played up in Evart and got to see the whole fam damily! This is my grams and gramps and they are the cutest ever.


Family over everything.
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Rockford, MI - We jammed SUPA hard and it was RAD.





What a great night! Thank you to (what also felt like) the entire city of Rockford. xo
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Sparta, MI - Sparta Days was so fun!



Allllll the Jamzzzzz.



Got to share the bill with one of my best pals and favorite dudes! T'was fun sharing the stage again, Steve Rivers!
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Cadillac, MI - Got to visit and play my tunes and my single, 'Sweetheart' at one of my very favorite radio stations, 96.7 The Bull. Love them and the fact that they've been spinning 'Sweetheart' since it's  release. THANKS GUYS!! xo
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Cheboygan, MI - Played the Cheboygan Summer Festival. Awesome night AND we got to see our friends at Big Country 102.9. Thanks for the love y'allll!

*Side-note - Justin played lead guitar that night and ruled.

He also crossed the Mackinaw Bridge for the first time.

BIG DAY YOU GUYS.

BIG. DAY.
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Grand Rapids, MI - Played the Taste of Grand Rapids, with William Michael Morgan and it was SO VERY HOT. We played some hot shows this summer, but I think this one took the cake. Good thing it was so much fun. :)
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Gladwin, MI - I got to give away some tickets to our show with Kelsea Ballerini & Chris Lane at the Clare County Fair live on air with 103 Country and it was the best!
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Harrison, MI - Oh yeah, I got to play my hometown county fair and open for Kelsea Ballerini & Chris Lane and it was TOTALLY RAD.

What an awesome, awesome night!





I love you guys. You made our night.








It was fun meeting you guys all night. Thanks for waiting in long lines to say hello. I loved hugging you all! <3


I hope you guys don't care that I steal the pictures you post on my Facebook Page and use them for my blog. :)



So fun you guys! I wish I could post all of the pictures y'all shared on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Unfortunately, there would be no room left on my blog. But please know that I would share every single one of them if I could! xo


Right before we hit the stage at the Clare County Fair. JAM SQUAD.


The BIGGEST THANK YOU to McGuire's Chevrolet in Clare, MI for our backstage hang. I can't say thank you enough for taking such good care of me and the band, guys! 


Speaking of chillin' backstage...totes just hangin' solo on the bus...typical.


Chris Lane and his band and crew were so great to us. We loved hanging out with them. Hope we can all play another show together soon! 
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Lansing, MI - We shot the Grand River Studio Sessions this summer in Lansing, MI. Awesome day getting to share songs from "Little Games" and the stories that go along with them.
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Lansing, MI - Justin and I pulled a double header playing and chatting on LLC Radio in the morning and then...
  

Grand Ledge, MI - We played Grand Ledge's Summer Concert Series later that night and were blown away by all y'all's love. Thank you for the warm welcome! Hope we get to come back and play in Grand Ledge again soon! 
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Detroit, MI - We played The Arts, Beats and Eats Festival and R Photos captured some cool shots during our show. Thank you for sharing them, John Reasoner! 



Justin Eames.


Brian V.

Thanks for the love R Photos and thanks for everyone who came up to chat with us after the show and took my album home with them. It was really nice getting to meet you all! 


Really like these people. <3
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Nashville, TN - Managed to fit in a couple shows back home in Nashville too! Got to play this one at Two Old Hippies with some of my favorite people. Brian Donkers (Who co-wrote "Sweetheart" and "One More Hit" with me), Steve Rivers (who co-wrote "Two To Be Lonely" with me)...and of course Justin, who just has to hang out with me all the time. :)

Also, a lot of people always end up asking so I'll just let y'all know now, I play a Breedlove Guitar and it's my absolute favorite. 


These guys are some of the most talented and genuine people and I am blessed to create and make music with them. 
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Lowell, MI - We wrapped up summer playing some fun shows. One of them was the Lowell Park Party! Loved this event. I hope this is something that they bring back every year. :)
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Grand Rapids, MI - We also got to stop into one of our favorite stations to hangout, play and chat with one of my very favorite people, John Sinkevics and WYCE Radio! Thanks for always playing and supporting my music guys. 

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Grand Rapids, MI (ArtPrize) - We wrapped up summer with a show on the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids, MI for the ArtPrize Blue Bridge Festival. What a cool show! We were stoked to be invited to play this festival and I sincerely hope this festival is a part of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids every year. It was a blast and such a rad event! 


First time playing on a bridge. 

Eric almost fell off said bridge. 

Luckily, no one actually fell off the bridge. 

:) 
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Every time I post one of these summer wrap blogs I always think three things.

1. Holy smokes that was a long blog (thanks for reading if you're still here, by the way.)

2. How did we fit all of this into one summer?

3. How lucky are we that we get to play all of these fun shows and hang out with you guys?!

Seriously. These are just SOME of the moments. If I posted pictures from every show, y'all would have stopped reading a looooong time ago. Summer is such a crazy blur while it's happening. I'm really glad I started this blog a couple years ago and I can look back on these moments. Sometimes when I'm in them and everything is moving at such a fast pace it's kind of hard to appreciate everything while it's happening. Making sure I take time to appreciate and live in moments more is something I am really working on and have been working on for some time. It's nice to have this blog as a reminder of how cool life is. 

Thanks for allowing me to make moments worth remembering, guys. I'm so grateful for the summer we had and honestly, every year every tour gets better than the last. It makes me feel like the luckiest person alive and I'm pretty stoked to see where this next season takes me. 

Thanks for reading, guys. 

Nothin' but love. 


xo - Kari