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Ok, Let's Do This... 

2017 was a weird year. I have no other way to describe it. 

On the few days leading up to New Year's day and on New Year's day itself, I found myself not really being able to remember much of 2017. Every year I can always look back and pick out the moments that changed me, that challenged me, the moments where I felt truly accomplished and like I had conquered a goal, but I couldn't do that so much looking back on 2017. When I try to look back at 2017, I see a grey cloud and feel an overwhelming feeling that I didn't accomplish very much. 


Of course I know that isn't totally true. Of course I accomplished things. Of course I'm very proud of those accomplishments. That thumbs down feeling though, is what I keep coming back to and when I look at 2017 as a whole and when I break it down into pieces, I can see where and why it holds such an odd and sort of desolate feeling. 

A lot of life happened 2017. I was really, really busy and I let myself get bogged down with it. I didn't give myself the opportunity to work it out and I was pretty hard on myself for not having the time and not being in the best head space to get back to my normal creative working self. I mean, the last time I blogged was in April. And honestly, I tried. I tried to force it and every time I started writing it felt like my mind was just taking out the trash. If there's one thing I hate, it's forced creativity or forcing myself to write just for the sake of writing because I think it's what I'm supposed to do. There's a difference to me between writing out the bad stuff and writing because I have nothing better to do. A huge part of my identity is wrapped up in writing and when I can't accomplish it the way I want to, I can get discouraged and that melancholy often finds its way into other parts of my life. 

I dealt with a lot of health issues in 2017. Moving into a new place and adjusting to that. Being on the road a lot and living out of a suitcase most of the time. And the most memorable change in my life from 2017, the one that likely is the reason for most the year having a dull sheen to it, is that I lost my best friend of almost 12 years, my best guy, my dog, Jack Jack, suddenly and right in the beginning of the year and it freaking sucked. It still sucks and I've struggled moving on from that. 

But, I'm owning this behavior and taking my time and my mind back this year. This year I thought I would share my process with you guys, just incase any of you might be out there needing some encouragement as well. 

At the start of every year I set a list of goals for myself. These are things I'd like to work on, work toward achieving, ways to better my mental and physical health...etc. Every year I list 20 goals I want to focus on for that particular year, and these 20 goals are split up into 4 sections: Health, Personal Happiness, Career & Misc (which are usually ways I can better the world & others and personal goals not necessarily related to career.). For example, a few years ago one of my health goals was to eat less meat and make my way to becoming vegetarian and mostly vegan. Another year a health goal was to work at completely cutting out fast food. On the career end, one year it was to go on my first cross country tour and on the MISC end, a couple years ago I decided to go cruelty-free with all of the beauty brands I use and I cut out brands that aren't cruelty-free. Some of the goals are as simple as getting up earlier in the morning, going on more walks, talking less and listening more...etc. 

While I can't say that I did the best with my 2017 goals, I'm showing myself some grace and deciding to kick ass in 2018. By sharing this list, it not only holds me accountable, but might just help another person out who may be needing some reassurance and direction. My way is obviously not the only way, but perhaps you'll find a way to fit yourself into this template and make it your own if you're still searching for some direction in 2018. Read on to check it out if you'd like. I've offered some explanation after each section. 

The Big List - 2018 Goals 


1. More focus on my mental and physical health & stop making exceptions.  
2. Get back to my boundaries with fast food and soda. 
3. Make more time for physical health (running, walking, yoga...)
4. Less social media. 
5. Stop skipping meals on busy days. 

When I get busy, my mental and physical health are usually the first things to take a backseat to whatever else I'm doing. This is silly seeing as I can't be good at my job or anything else if I'm not healthy. The best I have ever felt in my life was about two years ago when I was avoiding fast food 90% of the time, eating completely gluten-free, eating vegetarian and mostly vegan, avoiding soda, not skipping meals and making time to run/go for walks/do yoga at least a few times a week. I started dealing with some new health issues in June of 2016. Up until that point I had been treating my body well and made it a point to do that, but 2016 was an incredibly busy year. I went on two cross country tours, recorded and released an album, released a music video, played a boatload of shows and was on the road 9 months out of the 12 month year. It's no surprise that I started having some health problems that year, right after I released my album. I wasn't running/walking/hiking as much as I normally do, I wasn't eating properly, I was drinking more soda/caffeine than normal, I wasn't sleeping much and I was spending more time on social media.

Before you ask, yes, I've been to the doctor several times to try to sort some of this out and we really haven't totally figured out what's wrong with me, but we know that it mostly stems from my diet, my weird digestive system and stress. In 2017, I tried eating differently, adding and subtracting some things from my diet and I would have days where I barely ate anything at all out of frustration. Sometimes not knowing exactly how to fix a problem allows you to make excuses for yourself, sort of the "well it's not going to change no matter what I do so I might as well just drink this can of soda..." and ultimately all you do is make it worse and it's a downward spiral. 

So in 2018 I'm getting back to the diet that works best for me and accepting that this is something I have to deal with and I can make the best of it and be smart about it, or I can suffer. It's my choice. I'm making more time to exercise and focus on my mental health as well. I'm not setting ultimatums because I think ultimatums rarely work well in accomplishing personal health goals, but I'm setting accountability and making lifestyle changes. This also means less social media and going social media free on some days. I'm done looking at my phone just because I'm bored, or having my phone out when I'm with other people or talking to other people. I mean, how rude is it when you're talking to someone and they get their phone out and start looking at it? I know I've been guilty of this. My phone is tool, it's a wonderful tool and in my line of work it is a very important tool. Social media is an awesome and great way to connect with people and share experiences, but it can be incredibly toxic in so many ways and I'm over it having any control over me. 

Personal Happiness

1. No more comparing my life to others. 
2. Take some time off once in while and stop feeling bad about it. 
3. Pray more and get to church. 
4. More time for journaling, reflecting, clearing my head. 
5. Read one book a month. 

Every single thing on the list above suffered in 2017 and these are normally things I'm really good at. 

I know comparison kills creativity and lowers self-esteem and I found myself comparing my life to others A LOT in 2017. There is a difference between being inspired by other people and letting someone else's journey make you feel like yours isn't good enough. For someone who has advised their friends about how harmful comparison is and how to trust the timing of your life, I certainly wasn't practicing what I preached. We will never know why some things happen for some people and not for others, why some opportunities seem to fall in the laps of those who least appreciate it while others have to go through hell to work for the same opportunities, but spending ANY amount of time comparing the way your life looks to someone else's and why it looks that way does nothing but harm. So I'm done with this behavior in 2018. I'm done feeling like I'm not good enough or like I'm doing something wrong because I'm doing something different. One of the most successful years of my life was in 2016 and not comparing myself to others was a huge reason for that. For whatever reason I set aside this knowledge in 2017 and I started the process of comparison again and it did nothing but discourage and slow me down.

I've also always been very transparent on social media because so much of what people share about their life on social media is fake and/or their highlight reel, which I think is harmful to those doing it and those viewing it. I let this get the best of me in 2017 and I'm over it. Perfectionism is a myth. Vulnerability is beautiful and my favorite kind of people are the people who've made mistakes and learned from them. People who aren't afraid to admit that they are broken. I want to be the kind of person I would admire. Enough with the noise of trying to always come across a certain way or look great in every photo or video. Ugh, I'm exhausted thinking about it. 

The last time I took a real vacation, where I didn't work at all, was almost 10 years ago. No joke. I've toured since then a TON and for me that feels like vacation and that's usually what I consider my "vacation" since I realistically and economically can't do both. What I CAN do though is take a day off every once in awhile.

You guys, I'm really, really bad at this. 

I truly do not know how to take a full day off and I feel extremely guilty when I'm not working. I always have to be doing something and I'm terrible at sitting still when I know there is work to be done. I love being goal-oriented and working hard, but I know working all of the time is not healthy. In 2018 I'm working to get better at this. I'm going to take a day every once in awhile to do something I like to do, phone off, messages disabled, real, honest to goodness time off. This might be going to the bookstore for a couple hours, going for a hike, exploring a new part of TN I haven't seen yet, taking myself on a date to a show I want to see or going to a movie. Hopefully this will help with one of the other personal health goals I have for this year, reading one book a month. I love reading and I didn't finish one book in 2017. Weird. I feel like part of the reason my health suffered in 2017 was because I never took any time off and I was constantly thinking about work. I know part of being good at your job is knowing when to allow yourself a break to enjoy what you've worked for, so I welcome any tips and ideas on how to be someone who is good at taking a little time off because though I know it will be difficult, I have to do it. 

When I mentioned earlier that the best health I'd been in mentally and physically was about two years ago, a big part of that was my relationship with God. I didn't pray as much in 2017 as I normally do and because of my crazy travel schedule, I didn't go to church as much and I didn't make it a priority. I know this had a huge baring on my health and my ability to see clearly. I know this was a huge reason for my comparison issues, stress, feeling overwhelmed and feeling anxious and hesitant. When I'm not praying as much, it's usually because I'm allowing myself to believe in fears that aren't real and not trust God's timing. I'm telling you, the most clarity and the most confident I ever feel in my life is when I have a clear understanding that the most important thing I can do is trust God and listen when God gives me direction. 


1. Be an Artist, not just a manager and booking agent. 
2. Write what I want to write and make writing a priority I enjoy, not just a task I have to do.
3. Finish songs, don't just start them. 
4. Release new music / music video. 
5. Rebrand KLB, especially creatively. 

I'm an independent artist. This means that I do everything myself, the booking, the publicity, the books, the e-mails and phone calls, the tours & organization, the budget...all of it. There is ALWAYS something that needs attention. And you know, it's crazy sometimes and I can lose myself in the hustle. I've been touring hard the last few years and it's been awesome, but 2017 showed me that I haven't been allowing myself to be an artist as much as I need to. I didn't feel like I had time to focus on being an artist this last year and when I did have time I was exhausted from trying to keep my head above water with everything else.

The problem is that all the shows played, songs written, music recorded and tours booked don't matter if I'm not putting my best self and work forward. To me, there is nothing worse than the feeling of being just good enough to get by. So, if that means I have to play a few less shows a year to make time to write a kick ass album, then that's what I have to do and I have to not be afraid of that. Number 3 on the list above is part of this. Y'all have no idea how many recordings I have in my phone and "almost" finished songs that need a little love and attention. I let myself not finish a lot of new songs and ideas last year because I got "busy" with other aspects of my career and for someone who always finishes what they start, this is a terrible trait that I don't plan on keeping around. 

Additionally, I have to make time to work on other writing too. A lot of people don't know this, but I graduated college with a writing degree. I love writing music more than anything, but I'm also incredibly passionate about writing in general. I've been working on a novel since I was a teenager and I decided that this year is the year I'm going to start making time for that again because I'd like to finish it and some other creative non-fiction short stories I've been working on for a while, sometime in the near future. I honestly think working on some of these things more will make me a better songwriter. 

Number 4 goes without saying. The guys and I are trying REALLY hard to get y'all some new music this year. We're working to record and release a new EP and that is my biggest career goal for 2018. Our fan base is awesome and you guys have always been patient while waiting for new music and believe me, I want to release it just as much as y'all want us to. I'm saving, budgeting and figuring out how to make new music and new music videos happen for you guys this year, promise. <3 

KLB is hard at work too. I love my band. I love the group of guys I get to make music with and I have to say I haven't been this excited about making music with a group of guys in a long time. Get ready for some fun shows, new music and fun changes coming your way this year. The guys and I are stoked to revamp our show for you and put some new songs in your ears. 


1. Shop less and shop slow, sustainable, second-hand. 
2. Spend more time writing with my piano.
3. Electric guitar and Mando yeah!
4. No phone right when I wake up. 
5. Give more time and energy to experiences and less to things. 

I try to tackle something every year that I believe makes the world a better place. I know I'm just one person, but I'm consistently trying to make small changes in my life the not only better my life, but also the lives of others and/or our world. 

One of the changes I am focusing on this year is to shop sustainable, small and second-hand. I already do this, but I am going hard this year and making a point to stop shopping fast fashion brands. I actually got the idea to make this my 2018 "better the world" goal from, Danielle Nagel, the owner of a RAD female inspired brand called - Dazey LA (check it out!). I own the coolest jean jacket from her brand and I love the clothing she designs and female creators she works with. She is about the slow fashion movement, supporting small business and creating quality, long-lasting fashion and I am about that.

We tend to buy cheap clothing from brands like H&M and Forever 21 because it's cheap and we can get a good bang for our buck, but we don't always think about why that clothing is so cheap and we end up buying way more than we need. Outsourcing production overseas (which means unemployment in the US), sweatshops and factories with unfair working conditions, pollution (fast fashion is the second biggest source of pollution next to big oil) and cheaply made clothing are all byproducts of fast fashion and I don't want to contribute to the cycle anymore. Consumers are the only people who can reverse the wasteful trend of buying fast fashion and I want to be part of that movement. I love fashion and I love putting together fun outfits for shows, but not at the expense of our planet and other people. Plus, I love supporting small businesses! I am a small business after all. So I am saying goodbye to fast fashion brands this year and when I do shop, I'm shopping slow, sustainable and second hand. Whoohoo!

I'm also going to spend more time having fun with music. When your passion is your career it is the best thing in the world, but it also means that your passion is your job and once in awhile I forget to have fun and learn new things. I'm spending some extra time with my piano, my mandolin and electric guitar this year. Who knows if these instruments will make it on stage or not, I'm not worried about that right now. I love writing on the piano, I love the simplicity of the mandolin and I want to get better at electric guitar because it's a fun instrument, so I'm going to focus on that and give those instruments more of my time just because it feels good.

Anyone else go to bed looking at their phone and wake up in the morning and the first thing you think to do is check your phone? Yeah, me too. I'm going to try this in small doses, maybe starting with 10 minutes and working my way up from there, but I want to stop checking my phone first thing in the morning and letting it be the last thing I look at before I go to bed. I don't need to start my day by seeing what someone posted on their insta story the night before and I don't need to end my day on that note either. I'm not saying I'm not going to look at it at all, I just don't need to see it right when I open or close my eyes. I'm going to start with not looking at my phone for the first 10 minutes when I wake up and the last 20 minutes before I go to bed and work my way up to a half hour or so. I think this going to give me a much better start and end to my days. I have a feeling I'll spend less time reading and looking at meaningless garbage altogether because of this too.  

We all like certain things. The more I live life and get to experience new places, people and adventure, the less I crave things. I think we all have certain comforts we like to be surrounded by (I like candles, records, incense, plants and cool vintage decor for example), but at the end of the day we probably have more things than we need. I want to spend more of my time, money and energy on people, experiences and things that contribute to my goals this year and less on things I don't really need. I think this goal sort of sums up this entire list. At the end of the day it's the experiences I've had in life and the people that were there for those experiences that make me feel fulfilled. I think it's important to know what people, places, experiences and things make you feel fulfilled in this life and focus on cultivating and collecting those things more and all the other stuff (because it's just stuff) less. 

Ok, let's do this. 

I'm not expecting perfection (because perfection isn't real) and I'm not expecting changes to happen overnight, but I refuse to look back on 2018 and see a grey blur. I want to look back at 2018 and have memorable moments and achievements I'm proud of. I want to have reasons to want to look back at this year, even if they are as simple as I read more books, wrote more songs I'm proud of and prayed more. 

Here's to 2017. I'm thankful for it. I taught me that there are a lot of things I need to change, so in that way it was a very important year. May I not dwell or focus too much on what a weird freaking year it was and focus more on how it forced to me change. 

Cheers to 2018. The best is yet to come. 

Thanks for reading y'all.

Nothin' but love. 

xo - Kari 

it takes two to be lonely together tonight... 

Hey all!

It's here (finally) part 4 of the blogs covering the Two To Be Lonely Tour.

I always think I can stay caught up on things when I'm on the road...and then I remember that you need internet to do things online. :P

Oh well, enough about how it took me forever to post this...onward!

The last part of the Two to Be Lonely Tour was so great.

We left California and headed to Colorado. It was Thanksgiving week and it couldn't have worked out better. One of my best friends lives in Boulder, Colorado as well as one of Justin's best friends. So, even though we were on the road through the holiday, we still got to have a taste of family and we played a house show at their beautiful little bungalow.

It was the best.

I've known Sara since I was 6-years-old and she is one of my longest and best friends. It was so wonderful to spend Thanksgiving with her, her roommate, Caitlin and their families. It was truly a  little slice of home. <3 

Was feeling extra THANKFUL. Traveling the globe making music and adventuring with this guy is pretty much the best. CA'UTE is this photo, amirite?!

I'd love to tell you all that we only take adorable and super cool and perfect photos together, but mostly they all look like this because he is actually the worst. Just keepin' it real y'all. 

Boulder wasn't ready for the Two To Be Lonely Tour...

Just a little (totally normal) pre-show prep.

We had a lovely show at The Laughing Goat. The crowd showed us so much love and we shared the stage with another awesome and sweet artist named, Britt Margit. She is a Colorado based singer/songwriter and her BF actually took these photos of us playing. Such a great night! 

It's takes two to be lonely...


We had a couple days off in Colorado and we decided to spend them exploring. 

FINALLY got to see Red Rocks in person and basically just spent the whole time dreaming and scheming and praying to God that I'll get to play that stage someday soon. <3

We left Boulder and headed to Aspen, CO. Neither one of us had ever been to Aspen so we were super pumped. It was Beautiful! Also, Justin thinks he is hilarious and does stuff like this (it was pretty funny and I laughed a lot though). p.s - HOLY DIRTY CAR!

Aspen is ridiculously adorable, you guys. 

The first night we were in town we didn't have a show, so we found an open mic at a cool little bar downtown. It was a blast and we ended up jammin' with the host to end the night after we played our set.

The next day we played the Kitchen Concerts radio show in Aspen on KSPN FM. 

It was so much fun and Ryan was such a cool dude! We played "West Texas Ground" and "Sweetheart" and we wrote a new little ditty while we there for them to play as an opening to our segment. Good times!

It's the Ride Home with Ryan on KSPN...

Aspen treated us so well. The people we met there were awesome and we can not wait to go back! 

From Aspen we headed to Fort Collins, CO to play a show at The Blind Pig. We were joined by our pal, Matt Gabriel again. It was fun all being out on the road at the same time. We got to form a couple cool little bills. Fort Collins is such a neat city. Before our show that night we toured New Belgium Brewery and it was honestly so fun. 

The day after our Fort Collins show, we hit the road to Alamosa, CO. It was a little bit of a treacherous and long drive on the way there, but our show was a blast and the people at the show in Alamosa made that drive totally worth it.  

Plus, this is what we looked at for 2 hours on the way out of town. Made for a pretty OK start to the drive. :)

We had a day off in-between Colorado and our next stop in Nebraska, so rather than hit the road right away, we decided to explore a little. I'm always, always so happy when we take the time to do this. At the end of the day, what's a late night on the road when you got to spend the day climbing rocks and seeing some of the most beautiful sites on the planet? I'll take the couple extra hours of night driving. 

Garden of the Gods - Colorado Springs, CO

The world is super pretty and it's fun to see it from different angles. 


<3 <3 <3


We left Colorado Springs and made the 8 and a half hour drive to our next stop in Nebraska. It was long and a lot of coffee was had. Our show in Nebraska was at Soaring Wings Vineyard and our pal Matt Gabriel joined us again. Met some wonderful folks and got to drink wine in the afternoon on a Sunday while we played. Can't complain. 

The skyline was gorgeous that evening after our show. Sometimes I forget just how beautiful the midwest is. I'm happy to have been born and raised in the midwest. Now that I live in Nashville and travel so much, it makes me appreciate the beautiful openness and skies in the midwest that much more. 

If you look closely, you can see the moon in this photo. :)

We ended up picking up a few last minute shows during this tour, so we had about 4 days off between Nebraska and our show in Virginia. We decided to spend them in Arkansas and it was so fun! We got to visit our friends, Sam and Kristie and spend some time in their quaint town, where we had some of the BEST mexican food.  I wish we could've played in AR. Next time for sure!

From Arkansas we headed to Virginia to play at Ashland Coffee & Tea. We'd spent almost 13 hours on the road that day, so needless to say, we were totally exhausted by the time we arrived in Virginia. 

Sometimes when you've been on the road since 4am and you're getting a little delirious by the time you reach the next just need to do your soundcheck from the floor. And that's OK.

My face because Justin was too tired to want to play on Snapchat with me. 

But do you want to know the coolest thing ever? 

While we were sound checking, I looked up and saw a few familiar faces walk in and was SO surprised. Our longtime fans/pals Tasha and Chris had made the trip from Michigan to Virginia to see our show. WHAT?! They decided to use their vacation time during our tour and went on a road trip. First stop: to see us play in Virginia AND they brought friends and presents! It completely made our night and all of a sudden we weren't so tired anymore. I'm constantly blown away by the things y'all do for us. Thanks for making the trip and making that show a special one! It truly meant so much to us. It always means so much. xo

The next day we woke up and hit the road to Kentucky to play our last show of the tour at Talon Winery in Lexington. We had played here before and it's such a pretty little winery that always has the nicest folks drinking wine and hanging out for the evening. We got another surprise that night too. While we were setting up, I looked up and saw Justin's family through the window. They had made the trip from Michigan to Kentucky to surprise us and see our last show of the Two To Be Lonely Tour. :)

Drinking wine and playing songs for a room full of wonderful folks was a pretty OK way to end tour. 

It was a weird feeling knowing that it was the last show of that tour. When you're out on the road that long, in some ways you're totally ready to sleep in your own bed, but for me there is always this bittersweet feeling. It's always kind of hard for me to leave the road. That probably sounds a little silly, but I've spent so much time living out of a suitcase that being on road is home. It always feels a little like I'm leaving home. 

The Two To Be Lonely Tour was the longest tour I'd completed up until that point. We spent a solid two months on the road, put just under 11,000 miles on the ol' Chevy, hung out in 15+ states and 32+ cities playing 33 shows, saw so much of this beautiful country and made new fans and friends everywhere we went. We were so incredibly blessed to have a safe and fun tour. Writing these blog posts always reminds me how blessed I am to play music for a living. The fact that I can just pick up and hit the road for 2 months is not something I take fir granted. Through the rough days when it seems like I'm stuck running in place, the long work days when I spend hours in front of my computer screen and on the phone reaching out to see who might give us a shot, the months and months of booking and planning these tours just for the chance of sharing my music with new ears, I'm thankful for all the parts of what I do, every day. If all the hard moments and jumping without nets means I get to wake up every day doing and working on something that I love, it's all worth it. 

I hope you've enjoyed all four blog posts on the Two To Be Lonely Tour. I CAN'T WAIT to see you all this summer out on the road. We kick off our first show of Summer Tour THIS Saturday in Charlevoix, MI. 

See. YOU. There. 

Thanks for reading y'all.


- Kari 

you're lookin' too good and darlin' sometimes, two wrongs make a right... 

Hey Hey y'all, 

If you've been following along, here is PART THREE (covering our time in beautiful Oregon and California) of the Two To Be Lonely Tour. Honestly, we barely have any pictures of us performing any of the seven shows we played throughout California and Oregon. Kinda hard to take pictures of yourself while you're on stage performing, but it was SO INSANELY GORGEOUS that we took a ton of photos on the travel days when we got to go out and explore a little.

Some of the most beautiful sites I've ever seen. For reels. 


Our first stop after we left Washington was Whirled Pies in Eugene, OR for the Whirled Pies Concert Series. Eugene is such a cool city and we met so many nice folks at that show. After the show that same night we drove straight to Coos Bay, OR where our next show was the next night. We decided we wanted to wake up in Coos Bay so that we'd have a little time before the show started to explore a bit. I am SO GLAD WE DID because it was one of the prettiest places I have ever seen in my life. 

We also both destroyed our cell phones that day. So there's that.

Hey Hey, Coos Bay.

Take a photo of me sitting on the edge of the worrrrrld. 

Hi. :)

But how pretty can one place be though?!?

We went out early before the tide would come in later that evening and we got to walk super far out into the ocean. It was radical and I took so many photos.

Though I would not recommend climbing rocks and hiking out into the middle of the ocean in was TOTALLY worth it once we got out there. 

I mean.

When we got out there, Justin decided to try to give me a heart attack and climb a bunch of cliffs. 

Made for some pretty Epic photos though. 

Then we decided to walk the beach a little farther down. After a while we rounded a corner and this was the first thing I saw. <3

Justin managed to capture my excitement the exact moment a huge wave came over the rocks.

Just leave me here. I'll be fine. I can live here now, thanks.

The waves were huge.

Speaking of huge waves, we decided to venture way out onto the cliffs to get as close as we (safely) could to the waves. It was mostly my idea. I really wanted to get just close enough to feel a little mist off the waves when they crashed. 

Whelp, I definitely got to feel a "mist" off the waves because we got out there and right when we did a MONSTER wave came in...when I say "monster wave," what I mean is that this wave was the size of a house, no joke. We both realized pretty quickly that we were in trouble. Remember that thing I said earlier about destroying our cell phones. Yeah...the ocean attacked and SOAKED us completely. We saw the wave coming in and before we knew it a HUGE amount of water hit the rocks, flew up over our heads and came gushing down on top of us. The water came down so hard that both of our hats were pushed down over our faces. Like, the inside of my pockets were drenched. Head to toe. Completely soaked in salt water. 

I couldn't stop laughing for 5 minutes straight. Seriously. It was the best and funniest way to ruin a cell phone ever. Of course I didn't want that to happen, but honestly, it was one of the coolest things to ever happen to me so I can't even be that mad. Will I go out that close to the ocean again? Probably not, mostly because it truly is not that safe and we're lucky we didn't get washed away into the yeah kids, don't try this at home, ok? 

ATW (after the wave). Bye cell phones and dry clothes.

After the "wave episode" we decided it was probably time to get back into the city to change before our show that night at Seven Devils Brewing. Oh man, we loved playing there. Some of the nicest people ever. We were so well received and everyone was awesome to us. I wish we could have stayed a little longer. I feel like I probably say that a lot.

After a quick couple of days in Oregon, we hit the road to California. We had two travel days off to get to L.A. so we decided to take our time and make a couple stops along the way.

One of those stops was to see the Redwood Forest which we both had never seen.

It was SO PRETTY, you guys.

There are a lot of places in the world that will remind you just how small you really are, this is one of those places.

Then we decided to be super touristy and do a tour (in little bucket/cart things I can only equate to the carts you sit in on a big ferris wheel) through the tops of the Redwoods.

We were verrrrry high, sitting in a little cart attached to safety by only a few cables. I was only a little terrified though, don't worry.


We left the Redwoods and kept driving. Eventually we had to stop and get out again because we finally came across some California salt water and sand. 

You know, flying places is great. You get there quicker and sometimes those long hours on the road are rough, but I would chose the road over flying again and again for the simple reason that you get to stop along the way, put your feet on new ground and enjoy how beautiful our world is. 

Pretty, pretty little coastline in California.

For instance, this lovely little farm market and fruit stand we were able to stop at. I tried to make friends with the Peacocks. I try to make friends with pretty much all the animals we find anywhere we go and Justin always manages to capture my failed attempts. 

The Peacocks were not having it.

I'll share these pears with you though...ok bye.

Finally we made it to L.A. and played a show at Republic of Pie. It was even more fun because we got to see some of our really good friends and family at that show and we got to spend some time with them afterward. 

We stayed in Los Angeles that night and woke up early the next morning to have some coffee and explore Santa Monica before we had to head out again.

Again, just trying to make some friends, guys.

 A girl, A Seagull and A trash can on the Santa Monica Pier. 

Our next string of California shows were farther north in California. We decided to take the long way. Had to make a stop in San Fransisco, duh.

Also had to take the Pacific Coast Highway and stop in Big Sur, CA. One of the most beautiful spots on the planet y'all. 


After another long day of traveling, we made it to Santa Rosa, CA where we played a winery called Cellars of Sonoma. Having a few days off here and there was nice because we had four shows in a row, Thursday through Sunday, before we left Cali for our next destination on tour.

After the last show of the California run, we figured it was only proper to celebrate with some Sonoma Cider. We had such a good time playing in California. Sometimes some of the best shows you play are in the small towns where you don't know what to expect. We found this to be true over and over again in California. We played shows were we felt like we actually got to know people and share a special evening with them. 

This part of the tour felt like a blur while it was happening. We spent so many hours on the road in such a small amount of time and somehow managed to pepper in seven shows, find new cell phones, do some laundry and spend time with friends. I really don't know how it all fits in sometimes looking back at it all, but I'm so happy that we take the time to adventure when we're out on the road because even when we're tired, it's always worth it. 

Stay tuned for PART FOUR, the final blog post covering the last leg of The Two To Be Lonely Tour in Colorado, Nebraska, Arkansas and Virginia, coming attcha this week. Whew! 

Thanks for reading y'all. 

Nothin' but love

xo - Kari 

two too many drinks will only make us two good liars... 

Hey Hey y'all,

I hope you enjoyed PART ONE of what will be FOUR blog posts covering The Two To Be Lonely Tour. :)

PART TWO covering our time in Washington is below. I love Washington and we got to spend two weeks touring there while we were out on this tour, basically playing Washington from top to bottom. It was so great! Hope you enjoy!

On the road again...

The drive from Montana to Washington was not too shabby.

Montana is so beautiful in the fall!

Being tourists along the way and checking out the Grand Coulee Dam...massive and super cool!

Our first show in Washington was at one of my very favorite places, Old Schoolhouse Brewery in the cutest town ever - Winthrop, WA. I am so fond of this little village. It's a bit of an extra trip to drive up through the mountains to find it, but so very worth it every time.

You know this had to happen at Old Schoolhouse Brewery...

 Seriously. Winthrop, WA could not get any more adorable if it tried. Love this little village and the people here so much!

The next day we definitely left Winthrop and TOTALLY forgot to fill up on gas beforehand.


Yeah, there aren't gas stations in the mountains. Because you're in the freakin' mountains. This meant that we had a fun adventure coasting an hour and a half through the mountains trying to conserve fuel and got to the gas station, where we made it within about 2 minutes before we would have totally run out gas, JUST in time.

Buncha amateurs. 

That night we played a show in Tacoma, WA and got to see some friends from our home state of Michigan. My good friend, Liz lives out in Seattle now and I love getting to see her every time we venture out west to play. 

While we were in Seattle, we stayed with my other good friends, Derrick and Tina. I feel so grateful when I think about all the friends we have and that we've made as we've travelled on these different tours. When you're out on the road for months, it truly is nice to see a familiar face once in awhile. Liz, Derrick and Tina make us feel so at home when we're away from home. I can't thank them enough for the kindness they show us each time we visit! 

Luckily we had a couple days off after the Tacoma show and one of them happened to be the Sunday that the Packers were playing. We didn't have to miss the game. Justin was very happy about this. 

After a couple days off we were back at it! 

We played in Olympia for the first time at a cool little spot called The Pig Bar. The folks and staff here were so sweet. These are our new friends, Mike and Jamie. They were adorable. They danced, they sang and they made us feel so welcomed in Olympia!

This was also the day before my birthday, so we decide to celebrate a little after the show by hanging with the locals and eating BBQ and the best corn bread ever. It was a good choice.

On the day of my birthday we played a show in one of my favorite places on the map - Union, WA. 

This little village is a GEM. The people are wonderful and the beauty is unreal. Seriously, you feel like you're in a scene out of a movie when you're here. Folks in Union could not be nicer. It is full of wonderful musicians and those who appreciate music. Every time I've had the opportunity to play here, it has been a lovely experience. I always look forward to coming back!  


I'm not kidding when I tell you that half the town in Union are musicians. We played all weekend in Union and it was one giant friends/love/JAM fest. And Justin got everyone in the place to sing me Happy Birthday at midnight. :) 

This guy has been at every show we've every played at Robin Hood. He's such an awesome supporter of music AND pretty darn good on the harmonica too!

HI! :D

We had one day off in-between shows at Robin Hood so we explored Union and then played an open mic near Olympia later that night. It was a good day. 

Lovely - Union, WA.

Found a super weird (in the best way) thrift/vintage shop while we were out and about. 

Robin Hood Resort is SO DANG ADORABLE. 

AND I found a swing in the forest while I was going for a walk. SO happy. Just so happy you guys.

Also found this swing. Can this just be my backyard please? Thanks. :)

More Union. I couldn't stop taking photos.

Making friends with Seagulls. 

Oh yeah, we also went kayaking and saw some seals. They are so cute! None of them would swim over to us while we were out on the ocean though, probably a good thing. We were wishing to see a whale too though, Justin especially, but no dice.

After the weekend playing in Union, we grabbed a ferry the next morning back to Seattle for the show we had in the city that night. This was my first experience taking my vehicle on a boat. It was interesting and I only panicked a little. First time for everything I guess. :)

We got out and walked around a little during the duration of the trip and WE FINALLY SAW A WHALE. It was a little far off, but we could see it and it was shooting water up. It was so cool and I was really happy that Justin got to see his whale. Everyone on the ferry was freaking out. I wish it would have come a little closer to us. Maybe next time. 

First time taking a ferry to a show. Neat.

The venue we played in Seattle was adorable and had all kinds of wine and pastries. Sign me up for all of that please.

The next day, I was so happy we had a day off in Seattle to walk around a bit. I really love Seattle. It's such a unique and interesting city. We also caught ALL (and I do mean ALL) of the Pokemon while we were out exploring. Seattle has more Pokemon than I have ever seen anywhere else in my life. It was nuts. (yeah, we're nerds)

Seattle. <3

Take me back.

Pretty day in the city.

After our day off spent exploring and catching Pokemon in Seattle, we had two more shows before we headed onward to Oregon. Our first show of the two was at Soul Food Coffee in Redmond. It was out first time playing here and we really enjoyed playing that stage!

Such a neat little spot in Redmond. We can't wait to play here again!

While we were in Redmond we got to see even more friends! It was so nice to spend some time with you, Grace. :) Thanks for hanging and coming to the show!

Our last show in Washington was at The Black Dog in Snoqualmie. This was our first time here and they had the coolest stage. My friend, Liz and her family were able to make it out to this show as well. Her kids were our number one fans and even helped me set up my merchandise that night! It was a wonderful send off to the next leg of the tour. 

Justin warming up.

I already miss Washington. For reelz. If I could play out that way more often I totally would. I am thankful that I've been able to visit and play at least a couple times a year though, and I'm thankful that we got to spend so much time playing throughout the state during this particular tour. It's a beautiful, beautiful part of the country.

Stay tuned for PART THREE covering the Two To Be Lonely Tour coming attcha over the next couple of days! The next post will cover our adventures in stunning Oregon and California. I'm having the best time reliving this tour and remembering how much fun we had. It's making me want to hit the road back out west soon something fierce though!

Thanks for reading y'all

nothin' but love

xo - Kari

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.


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). here's the rest. :)

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


*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' it.)

First show of the tour.

just give me one thing, I can hold onto...

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 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. 


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. 

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. 


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.


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." 


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. 


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. :) 


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. 

Tomorrow's 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 

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.


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!


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 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 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). 



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!

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 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? 


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

Christmas show rockin' with Frankie Ballard at The State Theater... 

Hey guys!


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!


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! 


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 

every word has consequences. every silence, too... 


I'm pretty sure I've been told to "shut up and sing" by at least one person every time I've strongly voiced my opinion publicly on situations I deem unjust. Sometimes from people who have been fans of my music for years. Sometimes from people I hardly know at all. I’d be lying if I told you that the fear of rejection or judgement that comes with speaking out about sensitive subjects hasn’t stopped me from doing so in the past. It seems like there are some people out there who only want to support you or listen to you if you're saying something they agree with, or if you're not saying anything at all. 

I feel like I have to comment on this. 

Guys, I love what I do for a living and I am so very grateful for this life and every opportunity God has given me. I’m so incredibly thankful for all of you. I love making music, writing songs and performing live. I love being an artist. But it turns out, I do actually own the ability to think freely and form opinions, outside of music, and I am passionate about voicing those opinions and beliefs when I feel like I have something important to say and when I feel like it could make a difference for the better. I have to believe that most people understand that in addition to being a musician and performer, I am also a human with thoughts and feelings and a strong moral compass. I have to believe that most people want to try to understand perspectives different from their own so they can better understand the world, what’s happening in the world and how we can best come together to solve problems in the most constructive and safest way possible for ALL people. 

Though there are many people who would rather come to a show or listen to my album and not ever have to hear my feelings about important world and life events, I must speak up and speak my mind and I'm not ever going to apologize for it. It’s so sad to me that this is even an issue. It’s so sad to me that these are some of the comments I’ve received from people when I’ve chosen to voice my opinions on a particular matter:

“Maybe you two (referring to a senator I had voiced my approval of) should get a room.”

“You’d be better off sticking to music.”

“Less talking, more singing.” 

"If you don't like it, you can leave."

“You’re prettier when you don’t talk.” (yeah, someone actually said this.)

“It’s a shame I can’t support you anymore now because I do like your music.” (in response to a post I had made about supporting marriage equality.)

You know what the real shame is? The real shame is that some folks aren’t willing to have a constructive conversation about their difference of opinion with others anymore. The real shame is that some folks refuse to hear you out before you even open your mouth to speak because they don’t want to hear what you have to say because you might actually make some sense, make them have to think or question their judgement, or be able to prove them wrong and that’s too scary. The real shame is that it’s easier for some people to be ignorant than to be informed. The real shame is that when we lose our ability to have constructive and logical discussions using factual information and compassion to communicate with one another, we lose our ability to constructively compromise and successfully solve problems that affect all of us.

I was raised to believe that there's enough sun in the world for everyone, that no one should be forced to live in the shadows while others are allowed to bask in privilege and opportunity, that I'm not better than anyone else and no one is better than me, that if you work hard you can accomplish great things, that if you believe something should change you have to take action and BE that change, that kindness and compassion matters and no matter what a person's economic status, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disabilities, race, gender…etc, we are ALL children of God and we ALL deserve love, respect and a chance to do great things in this world. 

I cannot let fear stop me from voicing and doing what I believe is right in situations of injustice, because if you are quiet when it counts, you are a part of the problem. 

I love my country, but I hate the division that is happening in my country because of the powers that be. I hate the fear-mongering, the sexism, the homophobia, the racism, the corruption, the hypocrisy, the lies...these things are NOT what we are about. This is not how God asks us to treat one another.

I refuse to accept it.
I WILL speak my mind about it. 

I am so encouraged by those peacefully and productively standing up against policies that aim to negate the very values and ideals that make America the great and beautiful country that it is. 

If you truly believe that God loves all of us and not just SOME of us. If you truly believe that we are, ALL of us, equal in the eyes of God. If you truly believe that ALL of us deserve an equal opportunity to be great and to do great things in this world with great love. If you are one of the people who preaches that God loves all of us and that #AllLivesMatter would be a damn good time to step up and practice what you preach. 

I choose to step up. I choose love. I choose to use my voice for good. I choose to stand with the oppressed and the weary. I choose to do and say what I believe is morally right. I choose to take action when I see injustice happening around me. I chose to engage in thoughtful and productive discussions with those who may not agree with me and those who aim to be a part of the solution and a voice for those who need it most. I chose to not just say I am a Christian, but to act like it too because I chose to take the phrase "What Would Jesus Do" seriously, because it only takes one person to stand up for what is right to engage and inspire more people to do the same. It’s not about being a Republican or a Democrat, or Liberal or Conservative, or Agnostic…it’s about standing up for what you know is right. We can disagree with one another and still do what’s right. 

I'm choosing to ignore the folks who tell me to "shut up and sing" because what's happening in our country and in the world right now is more important than whether or not I lose a few fans because they don't agree with me or I'm a little too fiery for them. Because right now, more than ever, it's so important to be a part of the powerful movement of those passionate folks who've chosen to work fiercely to keep our country moving forward in equality and love and to not take part in actions or with those who are actively working to destroy the human rights that so many have fought and died to protect and instill in our country, and in this world. 

I have so much love for you guys and I'd like for all of you to stick around. I hope you won't go anywhere. I like that the type of relationship I’ve had with all of you has been an open one from the start and I’d like to hear you out. I'd like us to be able to have reasonable, constructive, adult conversations. I welcome your constructive thoughts and opinions because I will always welcome the opportunity to hear you out and fight for the greater good of ALL people. 

But I will not welcome hateful, violent comments or childish name-calling or actions, ever. 


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." 

- Martin Luther King Jr. 

We are, right now, in the thick of a very crucial and significant time in the history of our country. 

What side of history will you chose to be a part of?

nothin’ but love y’all, 

 xo - Kari 

#Resist ✊🏼

the best is yet to come... 

Does anyone else feel like 2017 came outta nowhere? 

Yesterday I spent almost 9 hours on the road by myself and had a good long while to reflect on the past year. When I actually start putting all the pieces together, it's easy to understand why 2016 feels a little bit like a blur. 

2016 was crazy busy and chock-full of the wonderful, the weird and the why.

I know a lot of people were more than ready to boot 2016 out the door and lock it behind them as quickly as possible and if I'm being completely honest, there are parts of me that were ready for that too. When I think about the sadness of world events that happened this year...mass shootings, a division between police and people, continued wars around the world, terror attacks, the Flint water crisis, witnessing fear and hate as we discussed whether or not we'd be a country that would welcome refugees, saw laws passed that discriminated against people and we became more politically divided than ever before. 

This isn't a blog-post about how much 2016 sucked, by the way. Because although 2016 was full of, "wait...what?" moments, it was pretty great in a lot of ways too. When I stop to really think about it, I owe a lot to 2016 and I have A LOT to be thankful for. 

I'm a writer. I write everything down. It's how I process life. So, I decided to make a list of 26 (because 26 is my lucky number) wonderful things I am thankful for and things I experienced in 2016. If you're feeling a little disheartened about the last year and you're having trouble seeing the good in life, I'd suggest you try this and start with seeing the good in your own life. It's a fantastic way to remind yourself how lucky and blessed you truly are and it allowed me to look at 2016 in a more hopeful light. 

This list is in no particular order.

My 26 Best Of 2016:

1. I'm healthy.

2. I have a solid handful of phenomenal friends who love and support me more than I deserve and who don't take it personally when I'm on the road for months and don't get to see them.

3. I have the best and most encouraging family in the universe who love me unconditionally and support my goals and dreams year after year.

4. I became an Aunt and realized it's basically the greatest thing ever.

5. I fell in love with a wonderful person and I finally understand what all the fuss is about. ;)

6. I learned A LOT about myself in 2016 and I let go of negative baggage I'd been needing to say goodbye to for awhile. It's a constant work in progress, but 2016 really saw the start of learning self-acceptance, dealing with demons and learning how to be OK with not being OK sometimes.

7. I recorded and released my first full-length album, "Little Games" and I truly could not be prouder of this record.

8. Speaking of "Little Games," I got to reach a goal and record my album in Nashville, TN at Sound Emporium Studios with an insanely talented producer (CharlieHorse Productions) and team. What? I still have a hard time coming to terms with that one.

9. I'm going on year seven of being a full-time musician. I'm able to tour, write songs and make music for a living. That blows me away and I am thankful every single day.

10. I booked and went on two cross-country tours in 2016 and got to share my music with people all over this country. On those tours I got to visit new places almost every day and see some of the most stunning places on the map. Pretty dope.

11. I was able to work with an incredible video production company (Chop & Hue) and released a music video for the first single off "Little Games" ...a song that is extremely special to me called, "Sweetheart."

12. Speaking of "Sweetheart," I got to travel to my hometown of Clare, MI to make the music video at the high school I graduated from, with the best group of talented and sweet students and I felt the support of my hometown community more than I ever have before. The way Clare, MI came together to help make this music video a successful project will hold a very special place in my heart forever. I'm so proud to have grown up in that community and so thankful for my hometown.

13. Oh yeah, I entered "Sweetheart" into the ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, MI and won the country/folk music category. Such a cool thing!

14. I am blessed to make music with the best and most talented bandmates I could ask for. They are some of the best people I know.

15. I played 141 shows this year in 19 different states, got to play some venues I've wanted to play forever and got to hear my songs on several different radio stations, some of which have my music in regular rotation on their station (so rad).

16. I have the best fan family I could ask for. Hands down. It floors me that there exists people in this world who support my music and career relentlessly, encourage me daily to keep writing songs, playing shows and making new music and who have stood right beside me year after year as I grow as an artist. My fan family gives me more support than I think I'll ever come to grips with and are better to me than I will ever deserve in this life. (nothin' but love, you guys. thank you.).

17. Justin and I got to tour the upstairs at Gruhn Guitars in Nashville and play some guitars that are worth more than literally everything I own. It was terrifyingly AWESOME.

18. I personally experienced and witnessed a lot of giving this year to organizations like Mel Trotter, Mackenzie's Animal Shelter, Donate Life, Special Olympics and the Flint water crisis.

19. I MET ONE OF MY HEROES, GARTH BROOKS AND I GOT TO HAVE A CONVERSATION WITH HIM AND TRISHA YEARWOOD (and I didn't even cry until I got back to my car afterward).

20. My faith in God grew stronger and I am learning every day how to trust in his plan for my life.

21. The Cubs won the world series (on my birthday) while we were on tour and we cheered and celebrated with strangers in Washington.

22. Although there was sorrow in 2016, it was comforting and strengthening to witness people reach out to help and support one another in times of crisis and sadness.

23. Pokemon GO happened and it's actually a fun game that gets people out and about interacting with one another and exercising. (p.s - I caught SO MANY Pokemon while touring. It was radical.)

24. I got a standing ovation after my show opening for Scotty McCreery, playing songs from "Little Games" for the first time live, for an almost sold-out crowd at The Kalamazoo State Theater...and I cried when I got off stage because of it.

25. I went golfing for the first time, drank sake for the first time, got hit by a giant wave from the Pacific ocean for the first time, saw Jason Isbell live for the first time, played a show on a bridge for the first time, held a parrot for the first time, ate Torcy's Tacos for the first time, got a latte named after me at my hometown coffee shop for the first time and got my music on Pandora Radio for the first time.

26. I wake up every day with a roof over my head, wherever that may be. :) I am free to choose my religion, where I want to live and what I want to do for a living. I get to wake up every day knowing that there are people in this world who care about my well-being and want to see me succeed. Most importantly, I have a God who shows up in my life again and again and keeps allowing me to live a life I am passionate about. That's amazing to me.

The best part about this list is that there are probably more wonderful things that I forgot to add. 

I don't know what 2017 has in store, but I know that I am looking forward to the adventures ahead and I will continue to live with a grateful heart, focus on the good, do my best to be a light for those who need it and try to do as much good as I can. 

I trust that God's plan is a good one and I believe that my best days are still ahead. 

We are stronger and more power than we know. If you want to see change happen in 2017, be that change. Go out and make it happen. Attend your city council meetings, start an organization that supports and fights for something you care about, put yourself out there and try something new. Each day is only going to be as good as you make it and if you work for it and believe that this year will be your best year, it will be. It's all about prospective. It's all about how YOU choose to see the world and how YOU choose to react to it.

Choose to see the good in the world. 
If you can't see the good, be the good. 

The best is yet to come. This is my mantra going into every new year and every year it holds true. 

nothin' but love y'all.

xo - Kari 

Summa Summa Summa Tour... 

Oh my gosh, is it possible? Did I actually catch my blog up in time to leave for tour tomorrow?!

I mean, just barely in time...

But yay!

I wanted to write a blogpost to RECAP the wonderful summer tour we had traveling and playing shows. I think I had more fun playing shows this summer than I ever have. That is not to say I didn't have fun other summers or didn't play shows I liked as much. I just think this summer was fun not only because of the supa rad shows we played, but also because of the people I got to make music with.

Thank you to all of those who made it out to shows this summer and made it such a BLAST for me and the guys!

Check out some of my favorite moments from Summer 2016 below...


Grand Rapids, MI - We played a fun show at the Van Andel Arena and maybe had even more fun jammin' and being goofs backstage than onstage. I had been on an acoustic tour and I hadn't seen these guys in almost 3 months. It was good to see them and make music with them again. 


Kalamazoo, MI - Kari Lynch Fan Family doubles as security sometimes...who knew?!

Grand Rapids, MI - We opened for Native Run at The Intersection and got to meet this guy and his beautiful wife. Since then, they have come out to SO many of our shows and their support and encouragement has been endless. Thank you both, Rick and Elizabeth! 

Austin, TX - I played the Modcloth IRL in Austin, TX and rocked my world.

But first, Torchy's Tacos. Tacos in Texas might be my new favorite thing. Torchy's was phenomenal and I ate way too many tacos (if there is even such a thing).

Oh yeah, my Breedlove and I got to do a Modcloth photoshoot before my show. I was on CLOUD 9. Modcloth is one of my very favorite clothing brands. 

I still can't believe that this happened. 

Grand Rapids, MI - Speaking of surreal moments, I also got to meet and have a conversation with my hero, Mr. Garth Brooks. I was writing a review of his show in Grand Rapids, MI for Local Spins. We chatted, we laughed, we fist pumped. He is the best. It was the best.  One of these days I'm going to open for's gonna happen. 

Seriously, one of the best moments of my entire life. How often do you get to thank one of your musical heroes for being your musical hero? Life, man. 

Grand Rapids, MI - Got to hang out, chat and play some music with these two on their radio show - Behind the Mitten. Two of the nicest people you will ever meet. They've been following my music for a long time and it's always really wonderful catching up with them. Thank you, John Gonzalez & Amy Sherman! 

Goshen, IN - Had the HUGE honor of getting to play a stage/venue I'd wanted to play for a long time. Ignition Music in Goshen, IN is a GEM. I really hope to get to come back and play that stage again soon! It was doubly awesome because I got to share the stage with my supa talented friends, Shiny Shiny Black. Big thanks to them for having us! (also, you should check out Shiny Shiny Black's music because they are phenomenal). 


Rockford, MI - Played a real fun show at Rockford Brewing Company right before summer got all sorts of crazy. I hadn't played in Michigan in a while and it was nice to see a lot of familiar faces. My friend, Eric Stoike took this photo and it was featured on Local Spins. He's captured a ton of moments for us over the years. Check out his work with On The Run Photography

Battle Creek, MI - We played the Cereal Festival and it was SO HOT. We actually played two outdoor shows this day, one in the morning in Battle Creek and one later that evening in Detroit right outside of Tiger's Stadium (longest day ever). These guys were troopers all day. Look at em' looking all cool like it's not 100 degrees outside. :) 

Lexington, KY - Justin just couldn't hack two days of playing wineries in Kentucky...this was only a few hours in, poor guy. Gonna have to train him on wine drinking during this upcoming tour I think. 


Our road dawg, Bob, joined us in Lexington and drove ALL the hours the entire time there and back and in-between. We had to drive through the night to make it back in time to play Sunday afternoon in Michigan. What a guy! 

Lexington, KY - Talon Winery

Holland, MI - We played a new concert series and it was so fun! Did I mention how much y'alls support means to me? It was so nice seeing a ton of familiar faces at this show AND meeting so many new people. :)

Walker, MI - MEET N' GREETS ARE MY FAVORITE. I absolutely love getting to meet all of you at shows! 

Wyoming, MI - What a homecoming show this was! I looked like this the entire time because I couldn't stop smiling. For an hour and a half you guys sang my songs back to me, danced your faces off and clapped and cheered like crazy. Such a great night! 



...and I love meeting you and getting to hug you and getting to hear your stories at my shows. It's sincerely one of my VERY favorite things about getting to tour and play my music live. Thanks for coming over to say hello, thanks for forming lines I can't see the end of, thanks for picking up my album at shows this summer and thanks for letting this be my life. I can't say that enough, ever. 

It means the world to me. 


Lowell, MI - You never disappoint. What a night! 

So many of you guys. All the feeeeelz in my heart. Thanks for sharing that show with us! <3

Smiles all the dang time. :)

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 




Milford, MI - Had one of our most fun shows this summer playing the Milford Summer Concert Series. 2,500 people (felt like the entire town) came out to spend their night with us. It was the warmest welcome and a blasty blast of a show!



This girl has been listening to and supporting my music ever since I was releasing garage band recordings on my myspace page (thanks for sticking around through all of those terrible recordings, by the way). Casey, you are a peach and I am so thankful for you! Thank you for still coming out to shows and for your encouragement all of these years! It was so nice to see you! 

Evart, MI - Played up in Evart and got to see the whole fam damily! This is my grams and gramps and they are the cutest ever.

Family over everything.

Rockford, MI - We jammed SUPA hard and it was RAD.

What a great night! Thank you to (what also felt like) the entire city of Rockford. xo

Sparta, MI - Sparta Days was so fun!

Allllll the Jamzzzzz.

Got to share the bill with one of my best pals and favorite dudes! T'was fun sharing the stage again, Steve Rivers!

Cadillac, MI - Got to visit and play my tunes and my single, 'Sweetheart' at one of my very favorite radio stations, 96.7 The Bull. Love them and the fact that they've been spinning 'Sweetheart' since it's  release. THANKS GUYS!! xo

Cheboygan, MI - Played the Cheboygan Summer Festival. Awesome night AND we got to see our friends at Big Country 102.9. Thanks for the love y'allll!

*Side-note - Justin played lead guitar that night and ruled.

He also crossed the Mackinaw Bridge for the first time.



Grand Rapids, MI - Played the Taste of Grand Rapids, with William Michael Morgan and it was SO VERY HOT. We played some hot shows this summer, but I think this one took the cake. Good thing it was so much fun. :)

Gladwin, MI - I got to give away some tickets to our show with Kelsea Ballerini & Chris Lane at the Clare County Fair live on air with 103 Country and it was the best!

Harrison, MI - Oh yeah, I got to play my hometown county fair and open for Kelsea Ballerini & Chris Lane and it was TOTALLY RAD.

What an awesome, awesome night!

I love you guys. You made our night.

It was fun meeting you guys all night. Thanks for waiting in long lines to say hello. I loved hugging you all! <3

I hope you guys don't care that I steal the pictures you post on my Facebook Page and use them for my blog. :)

So fun you guys! I wish I could post all of the pictures y'all shared on my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. Unfortunately, there would be no room left on my blog. But please know that I would share every single one of them if I could! xo

Right before we hit the stage at the Clare County Fair. JAM SQUAD.

The BIGGEST THANK YOU to McGuire's Chevrolet in Clare, MI for our backstage hang. I can't say thank you enough for taking such good care of me and the band, guys! 

Speaking of chillin' backstage...totes just hangin' solo on the bus...typical.

Chris Lane and his band and crew were so great to us. We loved hanging out with them. Hope we can all play another show together soon! 

Lansing, MI - We shot the Grand River Studio Sessions this summer in Lansing, MI. Awesome day getting to share songs from "Little Games" and the stories that go along with them.

Lansing, MI - Justin and I pulled a double header playing and chatting on LLC Radio in the morning and then...

Grand Ledge, MI - We played Grand Ledge's Summer Concert Series later that night and were blown away by all y'all's love. Thank you for the warm welcome! Hope we get to come back and play in Grand Ledge again soon! 

Detroit, MI - We played The Arts, Beats and Eats Festival and R Photos captured some cool shots during our show. Thank you for sharing them, John Reasoner! 

Justin Eames.

Brian V.

Thanks for the love R Photos and thanks for everyone who came up to chat with us after the show and took my album home with them. It was really nice getting to meet you all! 

Really like these people. <3

Nashville, TN - Managed to fit in a couple shows back home in Nashville too! Got to play this one at Two Old Hippies with some of my favorite people. Brian Donkers (Who co-wrote "Sweetheart" and "One More Hit" with me), Steve Rivers (who co-wrote "Two To Be Lonely" with me)...and of course Justin, who just has to hang out with me all the time. :)

Also, a lot of people always end up asking so I'll just let y'all know now, I play a Breedlove Guitar and it's my absolute favorite. 

These guys are some of the most talented and genuine people and I am blessed to create and make music with them. 

Lowell, MI - We wrapped up summer playing some fun shows. One of them was the Lowell Park Party! Loved this event. I hope this is something that they bring back every year. :)

Grand Rapids, MI - We also got to stop into one of our favorite stations to hangout, play and chat with one of my very favorite people, John Sinkevics and WYCE Radio! Thanks for always playing and supporting my music guys. 


Grand Rapids, MI (ArtPrize) - We wrapped up summer with a show on the Blue Bridge in Grand Rapids, MI for the ArtPrize Blue Bridge Festival. What a cool show! We were stoked to be invited to play this festival and I sincerely hope this festival is a part of ArtPrize in Grand Rapids every year. It was a blast and such a rad event! 

First time playing on a bridge. 

Eric almost fell off said bridge. 

Luckily, no one actually fell off the bridge. 


Every time I post one of these summer wrap blogs I always think three things.

1. Holy smokes that was a long blog (thanks for reading if you're still here, by the way.)

2. How did we fit all of this into one summer?

3. How lucky are we that we get to play all of these fun shows and hang out with you guys?!

Seriously. These are just SOME of the moments. If I posted pictures from every show, y'all would have stopped reading a looooong time ago. Summer is such a crazy blur while it's happening. I'm really glad I started this blog a couple years ago and I can look back on these moments. Sometimes when I'm in them and everything is moving at such a fast pace it's kind of hard to appreciate everything while it's happening. Making sure I take time to appreciate and live in moments more is something I am really working on and have been working on for some time. It's nice to have this blog as a reminder of how cool life is. 

Thanks for allowing me to make moments worth remembering, guys. I'm so grateful for the summer we had and honestly, every year every tour gets better than the last. It makes me feel like the luckiest person alive and I'm pretty stoked to see where this next season takes me. 

Thanks for reading, guys. 

Nothin' but love. 

xo - Kari 


michigan native . nashville current . lover of people . figuring life out one song at a time

making music // singing songs // writing the words // traveling the world // it's all love // nothin' but love