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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

it takes two to be lonely, two hearts to start a fire...



Hi y'all!

Waaaaaay back in October (2016 even!) Justin and I went on a two month cross country tour. It was an awesome, awesome tour. We met so many wonderful people out on the road, got to play music for tons of new folks in some supa sweet places and got to see some of the most beautiful parts of this country. What a life!

There were so many cool moments captured, fun adventures and stories to share that I had to split the Two To Be Lonely Tour into FOUR blog posts. Two months, over 10,661 miles on the road, 15+ states, 32+ cities and 33 shows is A LOT to cover.  So today you're getting part one. Parts two, three and four covering The Two To Be Lonely Tour will be coming attcha over the next few days.

Yeehaw!

If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat (user name karilynch) & Twitter, then you've seen some of these pictures, you got to see what was happening on tour in real time and really most importantly, you got to keep up with all my SUPER HILARIOUS jokes on the road (lucky you).

...now here's the rest. :)
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Herrrrre we goooooo. 

We left for tour on October 19, 2016 and our first show was at Uncommon Ground in Chicago that night. Uncommon Ground is a real cool and intimate venue. It was great because Justin has a lot of family and friends in the Chicago area who all came out to the show.

...my Chicago family and friends were apparently "busy" that night

(LOOKIN' AT YOU NIAH & MITCHY).

*jk guys

All joking aside, we really enjoyed the venue and it was a great start to the tour. The night even ended with an impromptu a capella version of "Angel From Montgomery" with our good friend and fantastically talented Chicago based musician and songwriter, S. Joel Norman (check him out by the way y'all...do it.)



First show of the tour.


just give me one thing, I can hold onto...
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The next morning we headed to Michigan City, IN to play a lunchtime show at The Michigan Rotary Club. The show was at The Lubeznik Center for the Arts. It was a beautiful room to play and what an absolutely lovely and warm crowd those folks were. They fed us a super tasty lunch and tons of folks took home CD's. Thank y'all for that welcome! 

That night we continued onward to South Bend, IN and played a special acoustic set at The Cops and Doughnuts Dainty Maid Precinct. For those of you who don't know, I grew up in Clare, MI which is also the hometown of the world famous Cops and Doughnuts establishment. Al White and Greg Rynearson are great friends of mine. They are the kindest and hardest working guys and they truly deserve all of the success that Cops and Doughnuts as seen over the last few years. So, if you get a chance to stop in to a Cops and Doughnuts bakery near you, do it, and definitely get a cream filled long-john...trust me. 

The next night we played one more South Bend show at Chicory Cafe, which is easily just one of my favorite places to play. We shared the stage that night with a good pal of mine, Chris Kang. Chris is a super talented singer/songwriter from South Bend and has a new EP coming out this June! 


Chris Kang opening the night. 

In addition to the South Bend folks in the crowd that night, we even had some Michigan pals make the trip to see our show. So cool that people take the time and make those drives to come see us play. It truly means so much to us. 


Just monkeying around with some of the locals after our show...
It got prrrrrretty wild...
I mean, talk about some crazy monkey business, ya know!
Yup, those South Bend locals sure are a bunch of Chimps off the old block, if ya know what I mean...

Ok, I'll stop. 

:D
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From South Bend we headed to Rock Island, IL to play one of the most unique and interesting venues I've ever played called, Rozz Tox. This was actually our second time playing at Rozz Tox and when I say unique and interesting, I mean that in the most positive meaning of those words. Rozz Tox is a totally eccentric listening room that focuses on Artist's originality. It's always a joy to play there and share my songs with people who come to listen to original music. 



Always making friends with the locals. Ran into the Blue Brothers in Rock Island...they weren't too talkative, surprisingly. (I can go all day guys...).




                                        I see you Illinois.

Adventuring before the show. 
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The next morning we got up bright and early and headed to Springfield, NE to play at Soaring Wings Vineyard. I also had played this venue before on my previous tour and I was dang happy to be back. Soaring Wings is set on a beautiful vineyard and we got a gorgeous day to play outside. Can't think of a whole lot of things that are better than drinking wine, playing music for a wonderful crowd and drinking wine...oh yeah, I already said that. You get it. :)

This part of the trip was also cool because we met up with our friend, Matt Gabriel and shared the bill with him for that show. If y'all remember, Matt and I toured together last Spring for the Sticks and Stones Tour. It was neat to join forces again for this show. 

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From Nebraska we headed to Wyoming. Wyoming was a first for us and I'm so happy it was a part of this tour because it is BEAUTIFUL. We also had our first whole day off in Wyoming so we actually got to head out and do some exploring. Man oh man, I already can't wait to go back. 


Point of Interest. 


We started the day with a tour of the historic Wyoming Territorial Prison - Famous for housing outlaw, Butch Cassidy. It was cool walking around and reading about all of the prisoners and the offenses that put them in jail. Things sure were different. Justin was obsessed with the "broom making" portion of the tour. Prisoners worked making brooms while in prison and you can visit the site and watch an entire video on how to make the brooms (Justin watched the whole thing). It was a pretty neat start to the day!


Ok, now you're just showing off, Wyoming.


Justin being epic.


So pretty. So cold.



On the advice of the locals, we decided to visit Centennial, WY. Holy smokes was it beautiful.



Justin being even more epic.


Justin being the most epic yet.



We met an older fellow while we were out hiking and he took this photo for us. He said, "Well y'all need a photo together in this beautiful place." 


I tried my hand at that whole looking "epic" thing too. Meh.


Happy.



Centennial, Wyoming folks. I'm not sure what the population is, but I CAN tell you that they have the best dang pizza at their local bar.


Wyoming, you pretty thing. 



Adventuring so hard. 

Our show was the next day and it was cool because we had met some local folks on our day off and they ended up coming out to the show. We all hung out for a bit afterward. One of my favorite things about being on the road is meeting so many new people. It's a blast when we are in one place long enough to make a couple new friends and experience the town a bit. 



We went to a cool bar called The Library after our show. "Don't lie to your mom...tell her you're at the library." 

Genius.
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At 4am (yes...4am) the next morning, we made the 10 1/2 hour trek to Great Falls, MT to play at Mighty Mo Brewing Company. At about 7am we pulled off in 'somewhere' Wyoming and promptly locked our keys in the car. 

Awesome.

I was so tired I could barely even comprehend the situation. After a solid hour wait and $80 dollars later, we were back on the road and back in business. Having to pay for a locksmith to come stick a door hanger through your window and unlock your car for you while you're out on the road and counting every dollar was not my favorite thing in the universe. But, it's all part of the adventure and though my 7am, 3 hours of sleep, very tired self could not deal when it happened, I'm glad Justin handled that catastrophe and we were able to laugh about it later. 

Good times. 


This was the longest day ever and thank goodness the show at Mighty Mo Brewing did NOT disappoint. It was honestly one of the best shows we played all tour. The crowd was fantastic and so incredibly welcoming and the staff at Mighty Mo Brewing were just awesome to us. We truly wished we could have stayed longer (next time), but after that show we had to hit the road for yet another 3 1/2 hours, which made our driving time that day 14 hours with a one hour catastrophe and a three hour show. How did all of that fit in one day? I still don't know. But huge thanks to the folks in Great Falls, MT for making it all worth the drive. :) 

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The first week of the Two To Be Lonely Tour was packed with a lot of beautiful sights, a lot of good people and A LOT of driving. Even after writing all of that just now, it seems like way to much and way to many places to fit into one week. It's really crazy how fast time goes when you're out on the road. 

The next blog post will cover our time spent in Washington (oh I have SUCH a huge crush on Washington y'all) on the Two To Be Lonely Tour. I hope you've enjoyed following along so far! 

Oh yeah, by the way, I decided to have a little fun with the blog posts for the Two To Be Lonely Tour since there are going to be four of them and I like fun games. So, you'll want to pay close attention to each post because I'm going to have a fun trivia question at the end, after part four. (really, it's just an excuse for me to give away a prize, because I really like giving you guys prizes). 

Stay tuned! Thanks for reading y'all! 


nothin' but love



xo - Kari 




























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