Laura K. Balke

Laura K. Balke

There is a video on Laura K. Balke’s Facebook page of her playing one acoustic song in an apparently DIY space with one other musician on percussion. This is absolutely beautiful music, and I am totally blown away. This is good enough to fill enormous spaces, and I was surprised to see the number of Facebook “likes” she has. Laura K. Balke is on her third album, and it’s totally wonderful. You need to hear this. Get her to come to your town. She should be more popular than so many things.

I had the pleasure of exchanging emails with Ms. Balke recently. She informed me that she is currently planning a spring tour, and I can only hope that she comes somewhere I will be able to see her. If you’re looking for more tour dates, Murfreesboro is great for music, Laura.

The timbre of her voice is perfect. “Limberlost” is possibly my favorite track on her most recent album, “Rumors & Legends”. It’s a brilliantly written story song with totally appropriate and sufficiently dynamic instrumentation. There are deep, rolling strings and soft, organic keys throughout the mix. The chorus is catchy, and the verses keep your attention. I’m a sucker for long builds that drop out to nothing and then rebuild, and this song does that very well several times.

Head over to Laura K. Balke’s Bandcamp page to check out her music, or keep up with her on Facebook to find out if she’s playing a show that you can make it to. These songs are among the best modern stories around.