It’s been a busy December! On Saturday I had the pleasure of being a part of Stay Young Festival in Fort Wayne. The fest is in honor of Ty Brinneman’s birthday, and featured a fantastic array of local and national acts. I have a special place in my heart for December birthdays as I myself was born in very near proximity to the day of Jesus’ birth, and have suffered the lifelong afflictions of Combined-Christmas/Birthday-Gifts-Wrapped-In-Christmas-Paper and Dare-Not-Schedule-A-Birthday-Party-As-No-One-Will-Be-Able-To-Attend (first world problems!). My contribution to Staying Young was an in-store performance at my new favorite record store: Neat Neat Neat Records and Music. You really should check out their selection of vinyl records and equipment if you find yourself in northern Indiana. I also had the pleasure of seeing some of my best buds perform, Frank Schweikhardt and Bro. Stephen.
Incidentally, Bro. Stephen just announced the release of his first full-length record, which you should order right here, right now. I’ve spent time on the road with Bro. Stephen and shared the stage with him many times, and his songwriting, entrancing live performances, and work ethic have had a huge influence on my life and music. Even now his live set often bring me to tears in the best possible way. I highly recommend getting your hands on a CD or LP and catching him on tour in February.
In celebration of the holidays (and that includes anyone with a December birthday- you deserve a break!), I am running a special on physical copies of my new record through December 18, as well as name-your-own-price for the digital download. Enjoy 20% off Rumors & Legends on CD or gold translucent vinyl + hardbound book. All orders received by December 19 will arrive by Christmas day! This is the perfect opportunity to get or gift a copy of this limited edition release. Girlfriends, art dudes, moms, and Taylor Swift fans will love to receive it for their birthday/Hanukkah/Christmas.
Also, “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten, Volume Two,” to which I contributed an instrumental Christmas song, has been making a well-deserved ruckus in the music community. I played it for a holiday party on Sunday and everyone was inquiring as to the origin of the fresh, festive music that they were hearing. Physical copies as well as T Shirts are now available and would make a great gift for anyone who has a heart.
That’s all for now. Enjoy the season, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to all of my December born friends!
I finally have all of the pieces assembled to present to you Rumors & Legends on vinyl! I sent out pre-orders this morning (thanks for being patient!), so if you’ve already ordered then keep your eyes peeled! If you haven’t but would like to, you can do that HERE.
All my best, LKB
Many awesome things happened today in the life of an LKB, and I’m here to share them with you. I awoke this morning in a haze of post th’Empires-record-release-show-and-subsequent-celebration. My drummer Zachary plays in several other bands including th’Empires, and all of his other projects feel like family. I was glad to have made it to Bloomington for the show and to help sing a rockabilly version of “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada. This morning Zachary and I were able to practice together in anticipation of our first show in a long time as an intentional two-piece, which is this Friday in Muncie. We’ve been home from tour for a week and already I’m itching to be on the road again.
To get on to the happenings, today is the day that Flannelgraph Records released their instrumental holiday compilation, “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten: Volume Two”! I contributed a song that was made almost entirely using Christmas gifts I received last year. Let me tell you, it is an amazing collection. If you’re in a Scrooge kind of mood then this just might be the thing to get you in the holiday spirit. It took all of my focus to stay on task while listening today and not begin spontaneously hanging tinsel. And as if that wasn’t enough, 100% of the profits (it’s pay what you can) will benefit Stepping Stones, a local organization that gives a hand to teenagers experiencing homelessness. So go listen, become infected with holiday cheer, and download this compilation now!
Additionally in the happening department I received a few photos today from the record release show at the Earth House, courtesy of Anda Cross. As if that weren’t exciting enough, The-In Store also posted live video from the show, which you can find HERE. And for all of my patient listeners who pre-ordered Rumors & Legends on vinyl, I have good news for you: today I approved the proof for the accompanying hardbound books and they should be finished by Wednesday!
That’s it for now. I do have more news to announce regarding January plans, but I’m going to save that for another day!
All my best, LKB
Photos by Anda Cross
After a very long, very awesome two weeks on the road, Zachary and I have returned safely to Indiana! We put 3500 miles on my car and have stories to last over a few cups of coffee. I’ll post more photos from the tour when I’ve got a little more time to spare. Tonight we’re excited to play in Bloomington with Brooks Ritter and Daniel and the Lion, and tomorrow is the official record release accompanied by the release shows in Pierceton (Friday) and Indianapolis (Saturday). I will be sharing the stage with some of my favorite musicians and also presenting a visual display of the album artwork, so I hope you can make it!
With love, LKB
Hello from Port Huron, MI! We’re currently interneting/coffee drinking at a fantastic place called The Raven that has a beautiful view of the Canadian skyline across the lake. This is our 7th day on the road and we’ve settled in to a nice rhythm of playing music, listening to Taylor Swift on the road, couch sleeping and making new friends. So far every show has been golden, and we’ve played with some great bands. I was able to see my extended family after our show at Czar Bar in Kansas City, and we got the royal treatment (real beds! clean towels! laundry facilities!) from my Aunt Jan. We were also able to sneak in a quick visit to our families in The North Country on our way to Michigan, and hide some Golden Tickets in the Warsaw area. Check out my facebook page for clues!
With each show down on the record release tour we get a little bit closer to the official release on November 18! In honor of being only 9 days away, I invite you to explore a trailer made by Ratz for the record back when it was literally just a rumor or legend:
“LKB’s New Album Trailer”
9 MORE DAYS!!!!