In this audio expedition, Abby K invited me to join her as she shares her musical journey and stories how her family and co-writers have shaped her music. The pandemic DID NOT slow her down. In fact, it seems it only served to feed her songwriting and singing talents.
Abby K draws upon many influences in her music from her childhood days in Kentucky and you can feel her down-home warmth. Then, after two decades in the Windy City, where she was exposed to the extremes of weather and musical inspirations, she moved her act to Seattle where she performs regularly, including Seattle's NW Folk Life Festival in 2017 and 2019. You can find out more about her tour dates here: https://abbykmusic.com/home#shows
So, when all of that comes together, what do you get? Music with honesty, clarity, harmony, and beauty. Abby’s sound is as green, lush and dramatic, as the Pacific Northwest and like Sarah Bernhardt. Her melodies are instantly hummable and imminently memorable, and her stories will hit you smack dab in the heart.
Some of the other inspiring singer-songwriters whose names you'll hear in this episode include those that Abby and I met at the Pacific Songwriting Camp - http://songcamps.org/
January 19–23, 2023 at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, California
The Paul Simon reference that Abby mentions is from Paul Zollo's book series, "Songwriters on Songwriting." https://www.amazon.com/Songwriters-Songwriting-Expanded-Paul-Zollo/dp/0306812657 Learn more about Paul at https://www.linkedin.com/in/paul-zollo-0a18b75/
Also, here's a link to the music video that Abby and her son created before he ran off to the other side of the country for college.
"Mom's Old Room" is a poignant portrayal of discovery and surprise. You can find the video here:
For more about Abby and her music, as well as musings and photos, you'll find these links helpful.