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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Summer singing in Clarkston, MI



We had the best time in Clarkston, Michigan last night! Such a cool little town with neat restaurants and unique shops. Gotta give it up to a town that still has family owned business and sells/buys local. I love that! Reminds me a lot of my hometown of Clare, Michigan. 
We were blown away by how many folks came out to the show and how many picked up our CD last night. THANK YOU! The park was filled to the brim with lawn chairs, blankets, picnic baskets and sweet people ready to enjoy a beautiful summer evening. Just awesome! 
There is something I love so much about towns like this one. I love the hustle and bustle of living in a big city, but my heart will always stay in a small town. It was wonderful seeing everyone saying hello to one another and getting to watch the vendors that came out do cool things like sell local ice cream and do face paintings for the kids. These kinds of events in small towns/cities like this just put a smile on my face. 
Everyone was so nice to us. :) The hospitality in this town is a beautiful thing! So many cute kids and folks dancing and clapping with us for two hours. Nights like last night are just another one of the many reminders of why we feel so lucky and blessed to get to play music for a living and get to share experiences like this one together. Music brings people together and I will never stop being thankful for that. Thank you for having us, Clarkston! See you soon!

 Got to see my buddy, Carson last night! Love this kid! - Photo Cred - Shelly Powell

 Had so much fun dancing and singing with all these cool kiddos! - Photo Cred - Shelly Powell


Got to see these sweet boys too! Austin and Landon. :) - Photo Cred - Kristen Graham 


This little lady melted my heart. Such a sweetie. <3 

Nothin’ But Love - 
- xo - Kari 

Saturday, June 8, 2013

CMT AWARDS

Soooooo, I got to go to the CMT Awards on Wednesday. So much fun! It was my first experience at the awards and I have to tell you...it's nuts! It was crazy to see all the behind the scenes stuff that goes on during commercial breaks, all the running around and setting up for bands that happens, and hear the awesome performances live. My date for the night was my best friend, Sara. I'm so glad she was able to come and experience an incredible night with me.


  Sara and I all gussied up at the CMT Awards.

It was such a whirlwind getting to the awards. We left Michigan at 4am on about an hour of sleep (I had a show the night before) and arrived in Nashville early afternoon. We immediately started getting ready and had to make sure we were down at the Bridgestone arena by a certain time. Considering our crazy time schedule, we were both pleasantly surprised by how smooth the process of getting there and getting where we needed to be was.


The show began with Jason Aldean and Lenny Kravitz singing, "American Woman". I thought they did a great job opening the show. Kristen Bell was hilarious and adorable as a host. Her and, Jason played well off one another. One of the cool things that I love about the CMT's is the duets that happen. Darius Rucker was joined by Lady Antebellum during his performance of "Wagon Wheel". Little Big Town (who in my opinion had the best performance of the night) were graced with a ripping guitar solo by, Keith Urban. Florida Georgia Line performed their huge single, "Cruise" and were joined on stage by rapper, Nelly for the closing performance of the night. My girl, Miranda sang, "Mama's Broken Heart" and took home a few awards. Carrie Underwood sang her newest single and dedicated it to the people in her home state of Oklahoma, who were devastated by recent tornados. I thought her performance was wonderful. Keith Urban played his newest single while his wife, Nicole Kidman sang along (she was so cute). Hunter Hayes was a cutie and had a great performance. Lady Antebellum performed on their own as well and were phenomenal. When the show ended, Ronnie Dunn was playing an after party concert outside the Bridgestone Arena for all the folks walking out. It was an awesome surprise. He sounded great!



CMT AWARDS!

I think the most awesome thing was looking around and seeing where we (the Kari Lynch Band) could be soon. It was inspirational to be there. I kept thinking...my goodness, we can do this! Looking around and realizing that we've opened for many of the artists there that night (The Band Perry, Miranda Lambert, Big and Rich, Dustin Lynch...etc), and that we are sharing a stage with this summer with some of them (Little Big Town, Randy Houser....) was just very, very cool. I can't wait until we are up performing on that stage. I couldn't stop thinking about how amazing it would be to realize that dream...a dream I've had since I was about 6 years old.


The next day we went back downtown to watch my new pals, Drake White and his band play the Bridgestone Arena stage. We actually made it in time to see another band we've played with, LoCash Cowboys rock out a set. Both bands were fantastic. After, Drake White played, Pam Tillis an Lori Morgan performed. I had no idea that they were going to be there and I was thrilled! Totally went back in time to being a little girl singing "Shake the Sugar Tree" and "Watch Me Walk Away". They are still incredible and they looked stunning! We spent the rest of the day catching up with everyone and had dinner in Midtown (probably my favorite part of Nashville).



Pam Tillis and Lori Morgan on The Bridgestone Stage!

It was a whirlwind, crazy, amazing couple of days. We had to head back to Michigan early Friday morning as I had a show Friday night in Grand Rapids. Even though I was exhausted at our show last night, it was so worth it. I am thankful everyday for the people and experiences I have in this life. I have been able to reach goals that I still can't believe I got the chance to realize and I get closer and closer everyday to reaching more of them. I'll never forget my first awards show experience and I can not wait to see what the future holds as I chase down this dream.


Nothin' But Love.


xo - Kari

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Thankful



Hey, friends,  
So I am sitting here at 8th in Roast in Nashville, TN just thinking about how incredible blessed and thankful I am at this moment in my life. 
In the past couple years I have played stages that I dreamed of playing since I was a little girl, written so many songs that I am truly proud of, traveled to Nashville consistently to write, play and meet amazing people...the list goes on. I am so thankful to get to do what I do. I want you all to know that I do not take a single second of this for granted. I appreciate the support and love you all have shown me and the guys since day one so much more than you’ll ever know. Getting to be a full time musician and songwriter is an absolute honor and a privilege. I still can’t believe that this is what I get to do. 
A month ago, we opened for The Band Perry in Peoria, IL to a huge stadium crowd. It was our 4th time sharing a stage with them. The same weekend we played with Craig Morgan in Traverse City, MI. I’m looking at our summer schedule and this summer we are playing some of the biggest country music festivals Michigan has to offer, some awesome out of state festivals and specialty concerts and we have shows with, Little Big Town, Randy Houser, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels Band, Drake White...and more yet to be announced. Not to mention I got to share a stage and meet one of my songwriting heroes, Phil Vassar at The Detroit Hoedown a couple days ago...seriously?! I’m beyond words of gratitude. I LOVE you guys, I love YOU guys, I LOVE YOU GUYS. Just want to say, thank you for continuing to stick with us as we run this dream down. 

Nothin' But Love.
xo - Kari