Oskar Blues CD Release Party!

I certainly was on the winning side last night at Oskar Blues in Lyons with the opportunity to sing the song I wrote about my journey in recovery. Huge heartfelt gratitude to my mentor, friend, producer of my album-KC Groves along with the amazingly talented souls who supported me on stage last night at my CD release party: Greg Blake, Damon Smith, Erin Youngberg, Dusty Rider, Greg Schochet, Justin Hoffenberg, and KC singing backup made for an unforgettable evening. With KC and all the top-rate players opening the show - along with special guests Bonnie and Taylor Simms- and ABE handling sound for 8 people on stage, it was a win win in every single way. Jim Mimna had five cameras going so I know we are sure to have a great video for my Mom, Lois Kammer- who really wished she could be there. Thank you so much to my Lafayette family and my Hippie Buckaroos who came to share this most special evening with me. 💗

Above: Barbara Jo sings her original song, "The Winning Side."

Above: Friend and producer, KC Groves and The Happy Little Trees Band. PC: L. A. O'Hearn and Z. Little.

Above: Friend and producer, KC Groves and The Happy Little Trees Band. PC: L. A. O'Hearn and Z. Little.

Above: Barbara Jo and friends.

Above: Barbara Jo and friends.

Above: Rehearsal before the CD Release Party!

Above: Rehearsal before the CD Release Party!

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Awesome Autumn at our favorite coffee shop!

Thanks to “Darling Darryl Thompson” (The newest member of our Hippie Buckaroo family) we have a new EarTrumpet microphone and her name is Louise! This is our first time doing the one mic system, and I am so happy we got to test it out at our favorite local coffee house! 🤠

Thank you Amanda from Harmony Foundation for sharing my story!

“KC Groves encouraged me to write a song about my recovery early this year,” said Kramer. “This is one of the first songs I’ve written and the first to be recorded. I’m passionate about my recovery and while my journey to recovery took over 40 years, I wrote this song two weeks before going into the recording studio. I celebrated my 10 year anniversary in sobriety this past July 1, 2017. My inspiration for writing this song came through loud and clear as I walked my dogs around Waneka Lake near my home in Lafayette, CO.”

Traditional favorites and popular classics show Kammer’s versatility with a powerful voice reminiscent of greats like Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, or Mary Chapin Carpenter. The album as a whole is a true American Roots delicacy that reminds me of a beautiful Fall day in the country with sweet melodies and heart-wrenching melodies. Barbara is the perfect poster child for the mantra, “it’s never too late.” She took on adversity and met it with strength and empowerment. The journey only gets better from here and she is a force to reckoned with because she will melt your heart and lift you up with her smile, style, and sound.

—Amanda Andrews

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WSM Nashville Today Show with Devon O’Day!

I was so happy to talk about the great things Harmony Foundation does for those suffering from addiction. From my recovery and the beautiful Waneka Lake by my house, I was inspired to write "The Winning Side." Thank you Devon for taking the time to listen and broadcast my music!

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum!

Left: Lefty Frizzell exhibit including a copy of the book by brother, David Frizzell, LOVE YOU A THOUSAND WAYS. Also a photo of both Lefty and George Jones wearing the same stage ensemble… It was given to George by Lefty who told the young singer, "Boy, if you want to be a star, you got to dress like one."

Right: Barbara Jo enjoying the rich history of country music in our nation.

Nashville and my interview with WSM!

It has been quite something having 2 interviews on WSM. Having a rollercoaster of emotions at the moment :-) 

So grateful to Claire Ratliff, Laughing Penguin Publicity, for the opportunity to be in Nashville on WSM 650am with Marcia Campbell (hostess with the mostest of WSM's All Nighter) and bring some of Lafayette, Colorado and Madison, Wisconsin (my two home towns) to MUSIC CITY!

Above: Some photos from my first ever trip to Nashville, the country music capital of the U.S.!

I'm also excited to be live THIS WEDNESDAY at 11:00 pm (MT) on WSM Nashville Today with Devon O'Day! Tune in!

Above: Clips from my interview on WSM. Left: video courtesy of my friend Terry Arbegust. Right: my live broadcast of my interview on WSM.

Visit my media page to listen to the audio of my interview.

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Thank you Joseph Morrow for reviewing my album!
In a Cabin on the Mountain by the Pine” is definitely a throwback number that wholeheartedly embraces retro, rural imagery in order to tell its story, but it doesn’t feel so remote from our emotional experience thanks to the excellent job Kammer does bringing it to life with her voice.
— Joseph Morrow, Band Blurg

Read the full review here.

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Thank you Indie Music Review!
The Winning Side, is a rousing testimony of gratitude for a new way of life that never comes off as fake or exaggerated.
— Robert Elgin, Indie Music Review

Read the full review here.

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Vents Magazine review of One Song at a Time!
Every bit of her sixty two years goes into making this performance stick in listener’s consciousness and she never backs off from the song’s [‘Choices’] unforgiving truths.
— William Elgin, Vents Magazine

Read more here.

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We had a swingin' time at ESCC!

Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy some acoustic sets out on the patio! Until next time :)

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Review on Skope!

A shout-out to Jason Hillenburg from Skope for taking the time to review my album! Your time and words are much appreciated. You can view his full review here.

Kammer’s original “The Winning Side” chronicles her reflection of how far she’s come in the ten years since putting drugs and alcohol aside. This is a track brimming over with gratitude and even the often sad cry of fiddle and steel guitar take on a very different hue here. They are more elegiac, mindful of the long road that made this song possible, and contribute to a rich musical tapestry.
— Jason Hillenburg
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Harmony Foundation Alumni Event

I'm excited to announce that I'll be performing at the Harmony Foundation Alumni event next Friday evening, September 22nd! I hope my music continues to inspire and offer support to those affected by addiction. The Harmony Foundation provides treatment for addiction and a lasting relationship for alumni to celebrate recovery.

Please visit their website to view the event details and to register!

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Thank you Top Country Hits from Uruguay!

I am so thankful for my listeners worldwide. Thank you for taking time out of your day to listen to my message and I hope that it inspires you. A special thanks to Raúl Tejeiro of Top Country Hits in Uruguay for playing my music! You can check out his website here.

¡Gracias a Raúl Tejeiro de Top Country Hits por reproducir mi música! Puede escuchar a su estación aquí.

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