Music Monday: why I’m LOVING Ashley McBryde’s New Record

The first Ashley McBryde song I ever heard was "Girl Goin' Nowhere", and I was instantly taken by her soulful voice, eloquent songwriting, and inspirational message. That's why I was ecstatic to hear that she would be releasing a full album under the same name. Girl Going Nowhere dropped on March 31st, and my expectations [...]

Life Update: playing radio shows & my current favorite songs!

I'm learning more each day that dreams are manifested one step at a time. Behind every little victory is a battlefield I had to fight through. For me, that often looks like my half-highlighted to-do lists scribbled in my planner, handfuls of partially written songs, and a constant effort to feel motivated and inspired, even on [...]

NEW SONG: “Boy Named Sunday” | Original by Kate Stedelbauer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WuGCDiiQBHI Here's a new song for y'all! We finally got the editing done on this video, and I'm so excited to share it. I love songwriting because I love to tell stories, and this is probably one of the most "story" songs I've written so far. Somehow, the idea for a song about a boy named [...]

playing my first band show!

This past Saturday night at Hilton Tavern was one of the best nights of my life. There's no better feeling than playing my songs live with a band to a bar full of people - and when the response is positive and the crowd actually listens, well, that's the best feeling of all. Thank you [...]

Music Monday: Kacey Musgraves’ GOLDEN HOUR

 It has been a HOT MINUTE since I published a Music Monday. But here I am! One of my favorite artists and most prominent songwriting influences, Kacey Musgraves, released her third album last week, and of course I had to write about it. I've been waiting for Golden Hour for what feels like forever! Right [...]

Music Monday: Brandi Carlile’s New Record is Stunning

I can't remember the last time I felt this excited to write about an album. Therefore, I will jump right in. Grammy-nominated Americana artist Brandi Carlile is incredible, and her newest record, By The Way, I Forgive You, will leave you shaken yet inspired. I don't even know if I can express in words how much [...]

Life Update: career success, publishing my newsletter, & anxiety

Every few months or so, life gets just busy enough for me to go MIA from the blogosphere. Most of the time this is actually a good thing, because it means I'm busy enough with music stuff that it takes priority over pretty much everything else - which is the longterm goal anyway! However, I [...]

NEW SONG | “All Those Pretty Roses” ~ Original by Kate Stedelbauer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNs-F4YnDBo Friends! Your girl is finally back on the YouTube game. Please take a minute to listen to my new song! I wrote it after becoming inspired by the often-repeated phrase, "stop and smell the roses", while contemplating how quickly time seems to pass and how lucky we are to be alive experiencing life on [...]

January 2018 ABSQ: Ashley McBryde, glitter eyeshadow, & spreading love

The first ABSQ of 2018 is here! January felt like it lasted forever (in a good way), and now we're already a couple of days into the second month of the year. All of the Valentine's Day stuff is out in the Target dollar section, and every time I walk in, I have to resist my [...]

NEW COVER | “That’s The Way The World Goes Round” (John Prine)

Happy Monday friends! In place of Music Monday this week, I wanted to share this video with y'all. I did a few songs at a local open mic last week with some great musician friends, and the host was nice enough to capture and share this song. If you read my blog frequently, you might [...]