Beth Bomb-Blog-A

What reality do we live in where a college graduate who works full time cannot afford healthcare? I am that college graduate. My diploma reads, B. A. in Music. I’m self-employed, bootstrapping my way through the American Dream. Some people seem shocked when I tell them I haven’t been able to afford health insurance since… Read more »

Sometimes playing music in places where you’ve never been can be stressful. I’m constantly reminding myself that there’s a first time for everything, and much of what I do revolves around that fact. New cities, new audiences, new songs…this tour was a venture into all sorts of unknowns. But Kit & I were lucky to… Read more »

I want to try something new and I hope you’ll come along for the ride. It has a little something to do with re-claiming live music as a wonderful, intimate and fun experience. Have you ever heard someone talk about a “House Show” and wondered what they’re talking about? Chances are, they’ve attended this type… Read more »

23 days on the road and my body is starting to protest. It’s mostly the lack of regular sleep and eating habits, but overall it’s been a wonderfully positive trip. Unexpected surprises have kept me energized along the way, mostly having to do with people we’ve encountered on our journey. Old friends who’s paths we… Read more »

(Photo by Nate Burrell) It’s that time of year where everyone is reflecting on the past, and making good intentions for the future. I suppose it’s my turn now. This time last year, I was pulling together final details for our big video release party. It turned out even better than I could’ve imagined, thanks… Read more »

(Photo by Joe Fletcher, Beth and Kit at the 5 Spot in Nashville, TN) This past week, I spent a few days in Nashville. People have been telling me I should move there for years. As an internationally recognized music hub, that makes a lot of sense from a business perspective, but for some reason… Read more »

(Photo taken by Beth on her flight back to St. Louis) I feel like I’ve been working my butt off for the past 6 months, and its finally caught up with me. The aftermath has left my mind and body utterly exhausted. I decided to give myself a break the past couple of weeks for… Read more »

Today I took a walk through my neighborhood, and noticed some houses had put up their Halloween decorations. One doorway lay under the watchful eye of a zombified grim reaper. I kept turning my head as I walked by to see his black robes slowly moving with the wind. For some silly reason I felt… Read more »

I’m currently in the passenger seat, moving east on interstate 70. In about 9 hours, I’ll be resting my head on my own pillow. It’s been two weeks, and I could use a good night of sleep. It’s certainly been a fun trip, but touring is a lot of work. On the road, time does… Read more »

Five years ago, October became somewhat of a milestone month in my life. When I look back, I’m amazed and very grateful for the time that’s passed since then. I can honestly say they have been some of the best years of my life. In October 2009, Kit and I got married, and we bought… Read more »

I’m pretty exhausted after spending three long days in a row in the studio. I knew it was going to be a lot of work both physically and emotionally, and I’m feeling the effects as I type. The good news is, the whole record is almost all tracked! I’ll be going back this weekend to… Read more »

I didn’t write a blog post last week. Sorry! Every ounce of my energy has been focused on trying to make the necessary pieces come together for this new record to happen. On Friday, we’ll pack up our gear and head out to Jettison Studios to begin tracking a full length album. The main goal… Read more »

I’ve been trying to finish the final song for our upcoming record. In three short weeks the band and I will be going into the studio to track the album live. It’s coming down to the wire, but I couldn’t be more excited. I think it’s safe to say you can expect some of the… Read more »

This is the first time I’ve sat down to write a post and haven’t had a clear idea of what I’m going to write about. I guess all my creative energy has been zapped trying to write this new album. And, there’s so much going on in the world right now, anything I have to… Read more »

It’s been almost 4 years since I wrote my first full length album. At the time, it was a daunting task, but one I knew I had to take on if I hoped to grow as an artist. After finishing that, I released an EP last summer. Well, it’s time to rise to the writing… Read more »

I know, I know, I didn’t post a blog last week- it was my birthday on Monday, and I was traveling so I gave myself a pass. At first, I felt guilty. Then I realized the importance of giving yourself a guilt free break once in a while. This is sometimes hard for me, but… Read more »

This past weekend we had the pleasure of playing a house concert in Knoxville, TN. We pulled up to a big, beautiful house awkwardly nestled in the middle of an ordinary looking apartment complex. The house had been converted into apartments, and our show was being held in one of these units. We stepped through… Read more »

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 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 »