February 29

Dear Reader,

Here we are with that extra 24 hours that comes but once a four years. I’m sad to admit that I’ve been defeated by my own personal challenges for the month of February (writing 14.5 new songs, releasing something new every day), but before I get too down on the whole thing I must also admit: this has been the best February I’ve ever had. I’m sure that part of this is due to the unseasonably warm weather, and another part probably has to to with the fact that I’ve been passionate about the work I’ve had at hand. There has not been a moment where I was without a purpose or a task thereof, be it writing, demoing, playing instruments, or booking my Spring tour.  But I think the biggest factor this year has been good company, and I can’t discount my friends and comrades as being a great defense against the dark days of Winter. So: Thank you.

With Love, LKB

Old Friend

Dear Reader,

I’m excited to announce that my Wintertime single, Old Friend, is ready for your ears along with a new video for your eyeballs. I’m still working on some very special physical packaging, so as soon as that’s ready the song will be available for download as well.

February 20

Dear Reader,

Today is my sixth month anniversary of leaving the salon. It’s been the best of times, it’s been the worst of times, but regardless of the way the days make me feel, my gut tells me that jumping off this deep end into full-time musicianship has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

Thank you for the support. I will continue onward.

With love, LKB

February 19

Hi Friends,

I’m writing to you after one heckavu weekend. A trip to Bloomington to celebrate Bro. Stephen’s record release and track a new single also resulted in one of the highest concentrations of good people in history, and BFF hangouts to last for years. Perhaps I exaggerate, but it was certainly wonderful.

It was really special to be able to attend the show and celebrate the release of Baptist Girls, as Scott Kirkpatrick of Bro. Stephen is a dear friend and one of my favorite songwriters of all time. I remember when he first began tracking the record over two years ago, and it’s been on heavy rotation since I pre-ordered a copy this past December. Do yourself a favor and pick it up from the good folks at XRA records if you haven’t already.

Zachary and I also hit the Sound Workshop to record our wintertime single, “Old Friend.” We tracked drums, guitar and vocals live, which was a new experience for me and also pretty neat. I’d recorded guest vocals for th’Empires there so it was easy to get in to the groove and within the afternoon we’d banged out a song. I’ll have it out in the world by the end of the month!

Don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel to keep up with my progress during this February Album Writing Month!

With Love, LKB

Mike Adams at his Honest Weight

The illustrious Bro. Stephen

Zachary tracking drums at the Sound Workshop

Zachery adding a little something extra

Mixing with Mike Notaro

A reminder that we were, in fact, in Southern Indiana all weekend.

February 2

Dear Reader,

Today I awoke to this voicemail from my mother (spoken in a fake southern accent):

“Well hi Miss Laura, what are yew doing? I hope you’re up and around! I just want you to know that I saw myself on that there music video and I thought I did SOO GOOOOD! I think I’m done gonna get an oscar! So I was jest callin to see what you think I should wear, when I accept my award and all. Bayh now!”

She’s a gem. For those of you who don’t know Mama Balke, she’s also the woman in the white sheet in “Not For This” (which is now at over 700 views in two days! Thanks, Internet!).

Today I set out to finish my first song for February Album Writing Month. Finishing the song was the easy part. The hard part was learning it to a point where I could play through without any major fumbles. Initially there was a lot of fingerwork flaring up here and there, but as the day wore on I scaled back until playing through for a demo of the song was a feasible task. My spirit is willing but my fingers are weak. It’s looking like FAWM will be more of a challenge than I thought! Regardless, I’m happy to report my first song, titled “Elizabeth,” has been released into the world it was created to inhabit.

This weekend will be busy (band practice tomorrow / big show on Saturday!), but I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to keep the the dream alive.

All the best, Laura