Music Monday: First Aid Kit’s new record + the blog turns 2!

I'm all about powerful women in the music industry. From Dolly Parton to Miranda Lambert to Demi Lovato, there's a strong female presence in the business that's growing rapidly. This Music Monday, we're talking about Swedish duo First Aid Kit and their newest album, Ruins. Gaining their fame through their YouTube cover of "Tiger Mountain Peasant [...]

Music Monday: 3 Female Songwriters Who Inspire Me

I know it's been a little while, but I'm happy to finally be publishing a new Music Monday here on the blog! I want to make sure that all of my posts are my most authentic work. I never want to post something simply to produce content or "fill space", so I'm allowing myself to [...]

My Top Music of 2017: country, pop, & more!

As 2017 comes to a close, I couldn't not recap my favorite records and songs from the year - it's a necessity. I've discovered so much incredible music, and my taste has definitely grown and changed since January. Across multiple genres, I've listed my top music from this year below, with the record info and links [...]

Life Update: booking gigs, getting sick, & prepping for Christmas!

I can't remember the last time I was sick - that's how infrequently it happens. But here I am, sitting in my bed at noon on a Wednesday, when I would normally be at work, trying to make this day at least semi-productive, despite my achy muscle and swollen throat. Even though I'm not feeling [...]

Music Monday: Ashley McBryde, a fierce woman of country

If there is one thing I'm a fan of, it's strong, talented, and sincere women in country music. Ashley McBryde is one of those women.  A friend first introduced me to her a couple of weeks ago, and I was instantly taken by the grit in her voice and songwriting alike. A sense of unquestionable [...]

Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017: new releases, my favorite albums + HUGE Spotify playlist!

Friends, we've been through the lingering heat of late summer, the leaves changing, the the pumpkins, the candy, finally the turkey, and now, it's Christmas time! Today I've got my Christmas Music Mini Guide 2017 for y'all! Some people love Christmas music, while others hate it. Personally, I am one of those that's all for the cheesy, [...]

check out my Spotify playlists + new mini cover!

If there's one thing I love most about this new age of digital music, it's making playlists.  The possibilities are simply endless. There are playlists centered around specific genres, certain time periods of music, moods and feelings, subject matter, etc. - literally any category you can imagine, you can probably find a playlist for somewhere [...]

Music Monday: seeing John Prine LIVE!

This past Saturday night, I got to see one of my favorite artists live in concert, and left feeling incredibly inspired. Industry-renowned, Grammy-winning country and folk singer/songwriter John Prine stood on that stage, at seventy-two years old, and gave a performance that was even better than I could have imagined. The show took place in one [...]

Music Monday: discovering Tank and The Bangas

I can honestly say that I have never heard anything quite like Tank and The Bangas.  I first discovered them during one of my late night Tiny Desk Concert binges on YouTube.   Watching video after video, I eventually stumbled across Tank, and became instantly curious. I highly recommend watching their Tiny Desk Concert - they [...]

Let’s Get To Know Each Other: who is AbundantlyKate?

It occurred to me a couple of weeks ago that though I am very honest with my feelings and opinions here on AbundantlyKate, I've never really written a post introducing myself to y'all. I've gained some new blog followers over the last couple of months, which is totally awesome, so I decided it was about [...]