Beth Bomb-Blog-A

It’s been six months since I committed to blogging every week. The idea of blogging has always appealed to me, but my early attempts failed miserably. I’d get inspired, publish a few posts, then wither away into nothingness. So I became convinced that blogging wasn’t for me. But these past six months have really taught… Read more »

The past few months I have been periodically getting together with a few other musicians. We sit down to brunch, talk about life and the music industry, then set up microphones and record a song together. Sometimes it’s a cover song, sometimes just a jam we come up with on the spot. Usually, at least… Read more »

Last week I took a much needed vacation to visit family who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like. On my trip, a moment of reflection brought me back to this time last year. I had just released an album I felt very proud of, and found myself preparing to play a… Read more »

I wouldn’t call myself a sports fanatic, but I’ve been enjoying watching some World Cup games the past couple weeks. Soccer was actually a big part of my life growing up. I played from the time I was 5 yrs old until I turned 21. I played on club teams as well as school teams,… Read more »

When a new band breaks on the scene, it’s often perceived that the band’s existence has been short and sweet; That their talent alone has propelled them quickly to the forefront. Nowadays, this is seldom the case. Many well known bands have worked their butts off for seven to ten years before they really got… Read more »

It’s been a busy month with some cool happenings. My highlight so far was being included in this year’s Twangfest lineup. I felt very honored to share a bill with some great musicians, some of which have been playing for a long time. It was encouraging to watch their performances, and got me thinking “What… Read more »

A few months ago I had the privilege of recording a few new songs in a live setting. As I look ahead to recording more new material, I come back to a dilemma I’ve faced many times before. How should I release these songs? With an ever-changing digital landscape, there are lots of options. Options… Read more »

This past weekend we headed north, to visit some friends who live in a small town in Iowa. A non-music related trip was welcome, and it wasn’t until we arrived that I realized how much I’d been needing this. An unexpected source of relaxation came from the fact that we had no cell phone service… Read more »

I’m not some grand philosopher, but I can tell you a thing or two about people. I’ve sensed a dismal cloud floating above us. I’ve sensed it for some time now, and then a friend shared this article with me. It’s titled: “David Foster Wallace was right: Irony is ruining our culture”. If you’re wondering… Read more »

The most obvious exciting thing about a tour is getting to play a show almost every night for new audiences – it’s about sharing your music and connecting with new fans. The venues you play are planned out. The routes between cities and your lodging are planned ahead of time. I enjoyed all of that,… Read more »

We are headed on the last leg of our journey. The furthest point has been reached, and today we begin our trip back eastward toward home. In a sense, this tour has been somewhat of an experiment. We’ve taken these familiar songs and deconstructed them to maximize the sound coming from only two people. Spending… Read more »

We’ve been gone for seven glorious days. So far, our travels have taken us through prairies, rolling hills and snow capped mountains, and we’re just about to arrive in the desert. When traveling miles and miles through so many towns, the days tend to start running together. So we decided to create some routine on… Read more »

The day has finally come. We’re about to hit the road for three weeks. I decided to leave my normal acoustic guitar home, in favor of two Harmony guitars I haven’t had a chance to gig with much. One is an acoustic with an electric pickup- Stella. One is an electric- Stratotone. Thanks to Dave… Read more »

Next week, Kit and I will be loading up our instruments and embarking on a tour that will last 18 days and 4,182 miles. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled this far, and I’m really looking forward to it. There’s a list of things to cross off before I’ll feel ready for this trip…. Read more »

Yesterday I hopped on a train in St. Louis, closed my eyes, and five or so hours later stepped off in Chicago. I’m not playing a gig here, but rather, seeing one as well as getting a behind the scenes look at what goes into a tour that’s selling out Lincoln Hall. Touring is work…. Read more »

I’m no expert, but some of you have been asking for advice in navigating this strange world called the music industry. Here’s some tidbits to ponder, based on my own personal journey. 1. Identify your goals. What motivates you in your creative endeavors? Are your striving to be a top notch lead guitarist? A songwriter… Read more »

This weekend I took a break from making music and focused on a different creative activity. I’m admittedly not a visual artist, but some years ago I taught myself how to screen print. My main interest in this art form was born from a strong DIY work ethic, and a desire to be a self… Read more »

I previously posted a peek into my songwriting process. I’d like to delve a little deeper into how the specific song “Right My Wrongs” came about. This is definitely one of those songs that was born out of a strong emotional moment, as opposed to starting with a story. I was feeling the heaviness of… Read more »

This past weekend I watched seven documentary films. Seven. And no, I wasn’t laying on my couch all weekend. I made the relatively short drive from St. Louis to Columbia, MO for the True/False Film Festival. It was awesome. Background: I first attended True/False two years ago, as an official “busker” of the festival. Basically,… Read more »

Sometimes you need to put yourself in a new environment in order to make progress. As some of you may know, Kit and I have a recording studio in our house that we have used to record a majority of my last two albums. But this weekend, we packed up and ventured into cornfields on… Read more »

I attended three shows this past weekend and spent exactly zero minutes on stage. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to settle in to the role of audience member. Friday 2/14 After a long and tiring work week, Kit and I meandered down to Off Broadway to see some friends play in a… Read more »

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and I have to admit the regular traditions don’t excite me. An expensive dinner just doesn’t have much meaning, and the candy/flowers combo tends to be boring. It seems like the traditional stuff is often done out of obligation rather than desire. I say ditch the roses, and give me… Read more »

I’ve had some requests for a look into my songwriting process. I’ll start off with this- There is no right or wrong way to write a song. In fact, people who don’t think of themselves as songwriters can write a song. I got an email just a few days ago from someone that illustrates this… Read more »

I must say, as I think back on this weekend, I’m blown away by the amazing response to the video premier party. When we first met with Joshua Black Wilkins and kicked around the idea of making three music videos in three days, I thought it was more than a little crazy. Then when we… Read more »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ST LOUIS – GO announced today that Beth Bombara has agreed to serve as the program’s music director. Bombara has already assumed the role and begun work on the season one soundtrack.  She is expected to be a regular contributor to the program’s blog at www.gotelevision.net. ABOUT BETH BOMBARA Bombara got her start as… Read more »

Releasing a DIY CD There are many different options available for putting together your own DIY CD. First, consider what your goals are for your release. To sell to fans? Or for promotional purposes? Keep in mind that many radio stations will likely toss your CD if it doesn’t have a sturdy, easily legible spine…. Read more »

Friday I was looking forward to the weekend for multiple reasons. After work, Kit and I had a double dinner date at Riverbend, a Creole restaurant tucked away near the AB Brewery. Ever since my first visit to New Orleans last summer, I’ve been craving some authentic treats of the region. Oyster bread, and Crab… Read more »

On Monday a Chevy Malibu Eco was delivered to my house. I’m driving it for a week as part of the Chevy Keys to St. Louis program, which focuses on highlighting all the great things going on in St. Louis. Now that I’ve had a few days to drive it around, I think we’re finally… Read more »

We will be posting daily updates from our tour HERE so please follow along, send us messages, advice, poetry, or anything you think would help our trip be more awesome! See you soon, Beth

It’s happening! We’re on the road as of 7:50 this morning, and I can hardly believe it. We picked up our Chevy suburban yesterday, courtesy of the Mid America Chevy dealers! Today we’re heading to Memphis, visiting the Stax museum, recording a Warm Up Session at Ardent Studios, and playing a show at the Buccaneer.

‘Tis the season. For a lot of things. For one, I’m going to start blogging regularly. It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do, but usually feel like I don’t have much to say. But, there really are a lot of things to say. Right now, I’m making soup from left over squash. It’s tasting… Read more »