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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

November...

Oh hey guys! It's been a little while since my last blog post (I know! And right after I promised to be better at it too!). Truth be told, November was a busy month. Aren't they all? But it was a pretty stellar month so I want to share some of it with you. 

And from here on out, I do solemnly promise to get back on my blogging "A Game". Scouts honor. 

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November in Nashville was busy. Lots of writing, lots of playing and lots of good ol' fashion fun. It started with CMA Festivities on November 5. What a night! I was joined by one of my very best gals, Mandy. You've probably seen her mentioned in some of my previous posts. She is an awesome country singer who is also from Michigan and lives in Nashville. 



We had dinner at a new restaurant that just opened in Nashville called, Prima. It was so good! It was Prima's soft opening night so we got to try a lot of different entrees and drinks. Champagne and wine and super good food? Ok, I guess. ;) 


Went to a few CMA after parties after the awards and had a blasty blast hanging out with these gorgeous women. 


I played a writer's round at The Renaissance Hotel with some wonderful songwriters. Nikki Boon and Ryan Nelson (both from Michigan, whoohoo!) have a new duo called, Haven Drive and they are great! 

Mandy and Annie came out to watch the round. Actually, Annie played in a round before mine. If you don't know, Annie Wildgen, she is a singer/songwriter from Michigan and she has one of the most beautiful voices. :) Michigan was WELL represented that night. 


Spent a lot of time with this favorite of mine as well. Lyndsey is...wait for it...also a fantastic singer/songwriter from Michigan and one of my very best friends. We were dancing like idiots out on the deck at Losers Bar in midtown and this sweet gal came over and asked if we wanted her to take a picture of our silliness...uh, yup. 


November was seriously so good to me. One of my favorite shows in November was with the very talented, Jake Mellema. You all know him as the lead singer of the Michigan based country band, Union Guns. He came down to Nashville and we played a show together at Two Old Hippies, an AWESOME music store and venue. It is one of my favorite places in Nashville. They carry my favorite kind of guitar - Breedlove and lots of cool "hippie" inspired clothing, jewelry, books...etc. The last two guitars I bought, a Breedlove and a Bedell, were from this store. I enjoy playing at Two Old Hippies because of it's intimate feel. People listening get a chance to hear every lyric and some of the stories behind the songs. We had SO MUCH fun with everyone who came out to the show. It was a sweet, full and very attentive crowd. Amazing. 


Chris and Natasha (on the left) came ALL the way from Michigan to make it to the show. Ahhh, that just blows me away. They even sported their sweet "Kari Lynch Street Team" T-shirts. AND they brought me some awesome gifts. What?! My birthday was earlier in November and they gave me this amazing gift bag filled with some of my favorite things. It was so incredibly thoughtful and kind. They are awesome! I also finally got to meet the very sweet and adorable, Sara (on the right). She had been wanting to come out to a show for 3 years and was finally able to come to one! I can not tell you how much it meant to have all of these people take time out of their lives to come listen. I was so touched. 



Jake sounded fantastic. We've been singing and writing a lot together. STOKED to play more shows with this guy coming up. 


We decided we needed an "epic looking off into the distance" photo with our guitars since we were feeling pretty awesome after our show. 


It was fun playing some brand new songs. :)
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After the show at Two Old Hippies, I had to drive late through the night to Michigan. I've done it so many times that the drive doesn't even seem that long anymore, but I was definitely feeling it at my next show. That show happened to be outside (it was suuuuper cold) and in the morning. I survived it only by drinking a lovely concoction of coffee and hot chocolate from the cute coffee shop across the street from where we were playing.
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November was also the month of finally getting to meet and see one of my biggest songwriting inspirations and an all around incredibly inspiring woman play live in Chicago, IL. Tristan Prettyman was SO good. I've blogged about her before if you've read some of my previous posts. If you haven't heard of her, check her out. She's amazing, so sweet, and one of the most talented and fearless writers out there.


Tristan Prettyman, you guys. Tristan. Freaking. Prettyman.
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I  ended the month of November in Michigan with some recording at River City Studios in Grand Rapids. About 4 years ago I recorded the "Live at River City Studios" sessions with them and it was a great experience (even though I was sick and completely losing my voice the day we filmed it). I was thrilled to work at River City again on a new song called, "Better Than Today" that I wrote with a friend of mine named, Mark Barger Elliot. 

Another super sweet thing about this particular studio session was that the incredible, Brian Vander Ark joined us to help produce the track. He brought "Better Than Today" to a whole new level. It was awesome and such a great learning experience to spend time with him in the studio. He's a stellar writer and musician. His presence in the studio is just wonderful. I hope to get to work with him more in the future.


Brian, myself and Mark.


River City Studios is beautiful. Superb experience. Looking forward to doing some more work with them.


Roy Wallace was our engineer. He is awesome and was fantastic to work with.


My friend and fellow musician, Theo played piano and drums on the track. Holy smokes. Every time I hear this guy play it blows me away. He is magic on those keys. Stoked to have his beautiful playing on this song! 
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I'm not playing many full band shows right now, which is a little weird considering the last 4 years have been non-stop, but it's giving me the extra time needed to really focus on some other important things like recording and writing. While I am excited to get back to a busy playing schedule soon, It's definitely nice to have the time this winter to start working on a new album and finish writing some of the songs for it. I can't wait for you all to hear what's in store! 

Thanks for reading guysssss. 

Nothin' but love.

xo - Kari 













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