12 days until my record release!

Dear Reader,

Tour has been great so far! I’ll give you a proper telling of our adventures soon, but I’m short on internet right now so today I’ll leave you with a video we made this afternoon in a beautiful park in Kansas City. It’s a rumor of what is to come on November 18 when my new record is officially released: a live acoustic version of Turn The Key!


With love, LKB

19 days until my record release!

The countdown continues, and in honor of the holiday we’re going to travel back to the era in which the record was born. It was an time of bloodstained backwoodsmen in long johns, and bottles of Mad Dog 20/20 that had human, even feminine characteristics: Halloween 2010.

Zachary, Kurt and I had recently started playing together as a three piece band, and had just begun tracking Rumors & Legends when we played a Halloween Party at the Sneaky Bandit.

Don’t you want to hear what kind of music these three creatures would make? Well you can… IN 19 MORE DAYS!

XO, Miss MD

21 days until my record release!

Dear Reader,

Only three more weeks until my record release! Which means less than one week until I leave for tour with my band and Tink Tink (that’s my cute little blue trailer). Everything is sort of mostly coming together, kind of. I’ve been busy the last couple of days with desk work, uploading, downloading, emailing and flyering, but I’ve had some fun work as well. In the process of hanging posters all over town I’ve also been hiding golden tickets, which are made from the gold foil used to hot stamp my book covers and will get you in to my record release show for free. I take a photo of each ticket that I hide around the city and then send it out to instagram, twitter and facebook. In case you missed them, a few of the locations are hinted at in the photos below!

I’ve also been spending some time with my newest baby, an early 70′s Fender Pro Reverb. I’m really excited to introduce her to the band tomorrow when we practice in my parent’s basement (I never thought I’d see the day, but desperate times call for desperate measures!).

Another fun happening was picking up a sweet flyer drawn by the amazing and talented Jeff Beaver for my show on November 17 (with Brooks Ritter and Daniel and the Lion!). It’s pretty darn epic. I’m lucky to have awesome friends who are willing to make trades.

And now it’s time for me to head up to the North Country. Tink Tink and the Lost Boys await in the Never Never Land of my parent’s basement.


Countdown to… An original instrumental Christmas song?

Dear Reader,

I’m going to take a break from the record release countdown to write about another exciting happening on the LKB horizon. Sometimes it’s nice to forget about all that stuff and just think of the holidays. The snow, the coziness, the parties, the birthday gifts wrapped in Christmas paper… Well, I had an early start this year when Jared from Flannelgraph Records asked me to contribute a song to their instrumental benefit compilation, “The Holidays Don’t Have To Be So Rotten, Volume Two.” It was with great excitement that I agreed, especially since last year’s compilation featured so many amazing musicians.

To get in the holiday spirit, I decided that I would build the song predominately from Christmas gifts I received last year from my sweetheart- a Korg Monotron, Stylophone, Bliptronic 5000 LED Synthesizer, and Stylophone Beatbox. Each one is compact, totally awesome and dances the thin line between cute and badass. The song is titled “Celestial Season”, and with the exception of guitar uses only the instruments pictured below.

I’ll be sure to let you know when the compilation is available, and until then I’d better stop thinking about the countdown to Christmas (58 days!) and resume the countdown to my record release.


24 days until my record release!

Dear Reader,

Today kept me busy with a lot of desk work. I began the portion of this process where hours are spent uploading files, which is about as fun as it sounds. I did go out for a little while into the beautiful autumn weather to put up a few posters and strategically place my first golden ticket. What’s that all about, you ask? While it won’t get you in to Willy Wonka’s, it will get you in to my release show at the Earth House for free! (Pierceton, I’ll be up this weekend and you’ll get your fair share of golden tickets!) Even if you’re thinking to yourself, “I’m not so sure about that Laura K Balke,” catching both an NM Kjeldsen and Jascha set is DEFINITELY worth the search! I will instagram/facebook/tweet a photo of each ticket that I hide around the city to give a little hint. The tickets are made from the gold foil that was used to hot stamp the hard-bound books that will contain my new album.

I now present to you the first hidden golden ticket below!