Per Darrell Scott's recommendation (my master class teacher at Rocky Mountain Song School this past summer), I decided to sing my original song, "The Winning Side," when I performed a set of my music at Still Cellars on Wednesday, October 10th. I had a wonderful time with four other amazing women musicians: Jesse Maclaine, Maya Bennett, Molly Kollier, and Emily Yates.
I am so happy to share with everyone that "In a Cabin on the Mountain by the Pine" by Bob Backlund, the fifth track on my debut solo album One Song at a Time received a ReverbNation rating of 7.7 to earn a featured spot on the ReverbNation homepage in October.
ReverbNation Crowd Reviews (Mar 2018):
"Great Bluegrass sound. Excellent musicians. The voices that are singing are perfect for the genre too. The harmonies sound great. Excellent job. This is professional quality as it is. It could be on the radio, TV, in movies [...] with no reworking necessary."
"This song has a nice blend of music. I love how the guitar blends well [....] One of those I do believe I will hear on the radio one day."
"This is a classic bluegrass tune, the lyrics tell a sweet story. I love the vocal harmonies, and the catchy hook."
I'm very excited to be performing three solo shows and joining my dear friends and amazing musical colleagues, Annie Savage and Mara Levine.
The conference will be Feb. 14th through the 18th at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City.
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."
“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.
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!
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.
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.
Had a wonderful time this evening playing for Harmony Foundation Treatment/Recovery Center in Estes Park. I experienced this amazing place for one month ten years ago this past July. I have a precious life today. ❤️