Korby Lenker

Thousand Springs Thousand Springs

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PRESS QUOTES: "East-Nashville singer-songwriter Korby Lenker opted out of the studio when recording his forthcoming album Thousand Springs, instead preferring the more meaningful locales of his Idaho upbringing. The intimacy of the recording process is palpable” —AMERICAN SONGWRITER

“Intimate and serene.” —THE DAILY COUNTRY

"That storytelling and songwriting are inextricably linked goes without saying but there are few albums I’ve heard recently that have bound the two quite as tightly as this.” —AMERICANA MUSIC SHOW

"Folksinger Korby Lenker recorded his latest album without ever stepping inside a recording studio. Thousand Springs was recorded at locations that held personal meaning for Lenker, from his undertaker father’s mortuary to the Sitting Bull Monument at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.” —THE TENNESSEAN I have no idea if singer/songwriter Korby Lenker has ever seen our magazine, but he unknowingly borrowed our motto when he set out to record his seventh record, Thousand Springs…This record, in every sense of the word, was an adventure in its making.” —BLUE RIDGE OUTDOORS TRAIL MIX

"On Thousand Springs, Lenker had the chance to marry his Pacific Northwest-centric DIY work ethic with the collaborative spirit of his adopted hometown.”—EAST OF 8th

"When most artists take their show on the road, it’s to tour and promote an album. Korby Lenker took his show on the road to record his latest, Thousand Springs, and it’s not the way you would expect, as the Nashville singer-songwriter drove around the country, recording anywhere the muse struck…That point is sticking to your guns and making the music you want to make. And in Lenker’s case with Thousand Springs, it’s making it the way you want to make it as well,” —MEDIUM.COM / KO63 MUSIC

No Depression - “One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn't just play it, he becomes it -- or, maybe, it becomes a part of him.”

“…sweet, likable, even huggable folk-pop confections.” - American Songwriter

NPR interview/story on Nora Jane Struthers and Korby Lenker, for “Let’s Just Have Supper” (March 2017) http://n.pr/2qYO3gy

RECENT PRESS: SONG PREMIERE: Korby Lenker Readies 'Thousand Springs'; Premieres "Friend And A Friend" http://nodepression.com/article/korby-lenker-readies-thousand-springs-premieres-friend-and-friend

Korby Lenker ‘Thousand Springs,’ Coming July 14, Featuring Nora Jane Struthers, Anthony Da Costa, Carrie Elkin, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Kai Welch, Angel Snow, Becky Warren and many more http://innocentwords.com/korby-lenke-thousand-springs-coming-july-14-featuring-nora-jane-struthers-anthony-da-costa-carrie-elkin-amy-speace-molly-tuttle-kai-welch-angel-snow-becky-warren-and-many-more/

Korby Lenker ‘Thousand Springs,’ Coming July 14, Featuring Nora Jane Struthers, Anthony Da Costa, Carrie Elkin, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Kai Welch, Angel Snow, Becky Warren and many more http://bit.ly/2s0l539 “There’s a delicacy to most of these songs, due in part to Lenker’s gentle delivery; in “Nothing Really Matters,” he sounds as if he’s whispering in your ear — in a voice that somehow suggests both James Taylor and Michael Franks, delivered in a Afro-bluegrass style. Driven by Jon Reischman’s outstanding mandolin, it’s reminiscent of Paul Simon’s Graceland; Lenker cites both the artist and the album as major influences.”

SONG PREMIERE: Korby Lenker Readies 'Thousand Springs'; Premieres "Friend And A Friend" http://bit.ly/2sD7AnL “For Lenker, as for any of us, some dreams come true and some don’t. That’s just life. But on Thousand Springs, he shares those highs and lows as only an artist with a “true voice” can. And that voice, he’ll never lose.”

Korby Lenker Readies ‘Thousand Springs’: Premieres “Friend And A Friend” http://bit.ly/2r5XHBV For many artists, stepping into a studio to record an album can be challenging enough. But when East Nashvillian Korby Lenker began working on his seventh album, Thousand Springs, he decided to skip the studio altogether and head to his home state of Idaho to record in places that held particular meaning for him.

Korby Lenker Contemplates Fatherhood on Prophetic “Stormy Seas” https://americansongwriter.com/2017/06/korby-lenker-contemplates-fatherhood-on-prophetic-stormy-seas/ “East-Nashville singer-songwriter Korby Lenker opted out of the studio when recording his forthcoming album Thousand Springs, instead preferring the more meaningful locales of his Idaho upbringing. The intimacy of the recording process is palpable in his new track “Stormy Seas,” the second single to be released from his seventh LP.”

AS Discovery: Molly Tuttle https://americansongwriter.com/2017/06/discovery-molly-tuttle/ “One of the last songs I wrote was “Friend and a Friend” which I co-wrote with Korby Lenker. That one seemed to really complete the bunch.”

Mortuary, bookstore become recording studios for Korby Lenker http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2017/07/04/korby-lenker-eschews-recording-studio/433585001/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter "Lenker recorded most of his vocals and guitar parts in Idaho; he grew up there, not far from the spot where Evel Knievel tried to jump the Snake River Canyon in 1974. Then he made some house calls, visiting friends and recording their parts in their living rooms."

Interview: Korby Lenker previews upcoming album 'Thousand Springs' https://www.axs.com/interview-korby-lenker-previews-upcoming-album-thousand-springs-120597 Korby Lenker will release his next album Thousand Springs on July 14. Before the album's arrival, AXS conducted an email interview with Lenker to learn more about his most recent record and find out why live performances are so important to him.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Korby Lenker to perform July 13 in Prosser http://www.tri-cityherald.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article160016124.html “For his upcoming album, Thousand Springs, Lenker chose an unconventional path. He skipped the recording studio and instead headed home to Idaho “to record in places that held particular meaning for him,” a news release said.”

Korby Lenker — On the road (in more ways than one) https://medium.com/ko63-music/korby-lenker-on-the-road-in-more-ways-than-one-2a74acf1af73 “When most artists take their show on the road, it’s to tour and promote an album. Korby Lenker took his show on the road to record his latest, Thousand Springs, and it’s not the way you would expect, as the Nashville singer-songwriter drove around the country, recording anywhere the muse struck.”

Americana Music Releases for the week of July 14th http://www.americanaboogie.com/americana-music-releases-for-the-week-of-july-14th/

Things to do in Whatcom County for the week of July 13, 2017 http://www.bellinghamherald.com/entertainment/article160222484.html “One-time Bellingham musician Korby Lenker, frontman for The Barbed Wire Cutters, returns to Bellingham to perform from his new album, “Thousand Springs,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday at The Green Frog, 1015 N. State St. He’s joined by Rebecca Loebe. Tickets are $10. Details: acoustictavern.com.”

LENKER’S JOURNEY ONE OF A ‘THOUSAND SPRINGS’ http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com/entertainment/20170713/lenkers_journey_one_of_a_thousand_springs “For Lenker, as for any of us, some dreams come true and some don’t. That’s just life. But on Thousand Springs, he shares those highs and lows as only an artist with a “true voice” can. And that voice, he’ll never lose.”

Korby Lenker Travels the Country for 'Thousand Springs' http://nodepression.com/interview/korby-lenker-travels-country-thousand-springs “When East Nashvillian (via Idaho) singer-songwriter Korby Lenker began working on his latest album, he decided to skip the studio and head to his home state to record in places that held particular meaning for him.”

Musician Korby Lenker hit the road to make his new album http://www.gazettetimes.com/albany/entertainment/music/musician-korby-lenker-hit-the-road-to-make-his-new/article_ba518e08-59a7-54fd-9e41-11aafeccf736.html Most musicians record their songs in a studio. Korby Lenker wanted to do something more personal for his seventh album, "Thousand Springs." So he made some money with a Kickstarter campaign, bought recording gear, grabbed his guitar, and hit the road.

The Recoup - Song Of The Day: Korby Lenker, “Stormy Seas” https://therecoup.com/2017/07/11/song-of-the-day-korby-lenker-stormy-seas/ “Though he’s been playing and releasing music for nearly twenty years, I’ve not happened upon the music of Korby Lenker, singer, songwriter, and author. That said, I’ve quickly grown fond of his latest album, Thousand Springs, an affable, enjoyable album of well-crafted pop and rock songs with just a hint of Americana and Folk Rock. Enlisting all of his friends in locations all across America, and the songs radiate with a lushness that is rare these days. I’m fond of most every song found here, but I’m partial to the cool cooing and breezy seriousness of the lovely love song “Stormy Seas,” which has an Elliott Smith vibe I really like.”

Michael Doherty’s Music Log – review ran 7/23 http://bit.ly/2vOtu8p Thousand Springs features all original music, written or co-written by Korby Lenker, and the writing, for me, is what really makes this CD one worth paying attention to.

Goldmine – Lee Zimmerman reviewing http://bit.ly/2w0fYPf “At times, Lenker sounds like a younger version of Paul Simon in terms of sensitivity, suggestion and his lithe way with a melody. Beautifully captivating, Thousand Springs expresses emotions and enticement that indeed spring eternal. Its simply impossible not to be charmed.”

Kearney Hub - Returning home brings inspiration http://www.kearneyhub.com/news/entertainment/returning-home-brings-inspiration/article_8e230916-785a-11e7-a280-d7d02e6825da.html

Album Review: Korby Lenker ‘Thousand Springs” http://popdose.com/album-review-korby-lenker-thousand-springs/ Being that this is Korby Lenker’s seventh album, I can only hope that this is his lucky number because this is one of those albums that should not be missed. It’s an album to enjoy on a summer night or to keep you feeling right when it’s cold.

ALT ROOT TOP TEN SONGS OF THE WEEK FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 http://thealternateroot.com/what-s-trending/7025-topten-072917

Monday Morning Video – Korby Lenker http://twangville.com/26949/monday-morning-video-korby-lenker/ “Here’s a stand-out among many, Boston faves Lula Wiles joining Lenker for a mighty fine front yard hoedown.”

The Boot - Korby Lenker, ‘Northern Lights’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere] http://theboot.com/korby-lenker-northern-lights-music-video/

DITTY TV (24/7 roots music channel TV via via Roku) – probable interview/session during AmericanaFest week, 7/26

LUCK REUNION – initiated contact, booker invited Korby or agent to chime in, and may do sessions during AMA week, 7/26

MUSIC CONNECTION – Whitney Levine reviewing Hotel Café show, 7/21

Culture Myth - Korby Lenker's Meandering Path to a 'Thousand Springs' http://culturemyth.net/blog/2017/8/21/korby-lenkers-meandering-path-to-a-thousand-springs

Innocent Words - Innocent Words Video PREMIERE: Korby Lenker “If We Were Vampires” http://innocentwords.com/innocent-words-video-premiere-korby-lenker-if-we-were-vampires/

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Brings The Revivalists, Lake Street Dive, & More To Lyons http://liveforlivemusic.com/features/rocky-mountain-folks-festival-2017/ “Yet despite our dreams, Saturday mornings are often tough for festival and bluegrass folks. In that regard, Idaho-born Korby Lenker couldn’t have been a more perfect opener. The winner of last year’s Songwriter Showcase, Korby’s unique blend of folk, acoustic, and island-tinged music came on easy and delightfully.”

Aimsel on the Recrod - Review: 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival https://aimselontherecord.com/2017/08/28/review-2017-rocky-mountain-folks-festival/ “Saturday morning kicked off with a set by someone new to me: Korby Lenker. He’s a singer-songwriter out of Nashville and he charmed the pants off of me with his tune “My Little Life.” Lenker was the winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriters Showcase 2016, earning him a spot on the main stage at this year’s festival. Hey Korby, come to Maine. Let’s hang.”

ALT ROOT TOP TEN SONGS OF THE WEEK FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 2017 http://thealternateroot.com/what-s-trending/7025-topten-072917

Monday Morning Video – Korby Lenker http://twangville.com/26949/monday-morning-video-korby-lenker/ “Here’s a stand-out among many, Boston faves Lula Wiles joining Lenker for a mighty fine front yard hoedown.”

The Boot - Korby Lenker, ‘Northern Lights’ Music Video [Exclusive Premiere] http://theboot.com/korby-lenker-northern-lights-music-video/

DITTY TV (24/7 roots music channel TV via via Roku) – probable interview/session during AmericanaFest week, 7/26

LUCK REUNION – initiated contact, booker invited Korby or agent to chime in, and may do sessions during AMA week, 7/26

MUSIC CONNECTION – Whitney Levine reviewing Hotel Café show, 7/21

Culture Myth - Korby Lenker's Meandering Path to a 'Thousand Springs' http://culturemyth.net/blog/2017/8/21/korby-lenkers-meandering-path-to-a-thousand-springs

Innocent Words - Innocent Words Video PREMIERE: Korby Lenker “If We Were Vampires” http://innocentwords.com/innocent-words-video-premiere-korby-lenker-if-we-were-vampires/

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Brings The Revivalists, Lake Street Dive, & More To Lyons http://liveforlivemusic.com/features/rocky-mountain-folks-festival-2017/ “Yet despite our dreams, Saturday mornings are often tough for festival and bluegrass folks. In that regard, Idaho-born Korby Lenker couldn’t have been a more perfect opener. The winner of last year’s Songwriter Showcase, Korby’s unique blend of folk, acoustic, and island-tinged music came on easy and delightfully.”

Aimsel on the Recrod - Review: 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival https://aimselontherecord.com/2017/08/28/review-2017-rocky-mountain-folks-festival/ “Saturday morning kicked off with a set by someone new to me: Korby Lenker. He’s a singer-songwriter out of Nashville and he charmed the pants off of me with his tune “My Little Life.” Lenker was the winner of the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriters Showcase 2016, earning him a spot on the main stage at this year’s festival. Hey Korby, come to Maine. Let’s hang.”

WCBE - WCBE Presents Korby Lenker Live From Studio A Fri. Sept. 1, 2017 @ 2PM! http://wcbe.org/post/wcbe-presents-korby-lenker-live-studio-fri-sept-1-2017-2pm

RADIO Top 5 most added song 2 weeks in a row

TOUR DATES: 5/4/2017 Club Passim Cambridge, MA 5/6/2017 Bobbyfest Dallas, TX 5/11/2017 Hotel Cafe Los Angele, CA 5/12/2017 Doc’s Lab San Francisco, CA 5/13/2017 Sacramento HC Sacramento, CA 5/16/2017 SOHO Santa Barbara, CA 5/18/2017 Mountain View HC Mountain View, CA 5/19/2017 Southbay HC Los Altos, CA 5/21/2017 Marin HC Novato, CA
5/24/2017 Basement East Nashville, TN 6/29/2017 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS 7/7/2017 Sun Valley Sun Valley, ID 7/8/2017 Twin Falls HC Twin Falls, HC 7/9/2017 Gilliam HC Boise, ID
7/11/2017 Rockwood 3 New York, NY “On the Radar” 7/13/2017 Brewminatti Prosser, WA 7/15/2017 Bainbridge HC Bainbridge Island, WA 7/19/2017 Green Frog Bellingham, WA 7/22/2017 Corvallis Winery Corvallis, OR JUL 27 Audio Lab Garden City, ID JUL 28 Idaho Falls HC Idaho Falls, ID JUL 29 Rad’s HC Alta, WY
JUL 30 Salt Lake HC Salt Lake City, UT
AUG 2 Redfish Lake Lodge Stanley, ID
AUG 4 Menlo Park HC Menlo Park, CA
AUG 5 The Lost Church San Francisco, CA
AUG 6 Palo Alto HC Palo Alto, CA
AUG 11 Rehmsworld Holdredge, NE
AUG 19 Rocky Mountain Lyons, CO
AUG 24 Fairfield HC Fairfield, IA
AUG 25 Legion Arts ^ Cedar Rapids, IA
AUG 26 Gravel Roads ^ Des Moines, IA
AUG 30 Seven Steps ^ Spring Lake, MI AUG 31 Space ^ Evanston, IL
SEPT 1 Natalie’s ^ Columbus, OH SEPT 9 Safety Harbor Art and Music Center Tampa, FL
SEPT 16 Americana Fest Nashville, TN
SEPT 23 Eddie’s Attic Atlanta, GA OCT 7 Studio G Harrodsburg, KY OCT 12 Music from the Big Purple Greensboro, NC OCT 26 Audiolab Boise, ID DEC 1 Cactus Cafe Austin, TX

Bio

Korby Lenker’s 7th studio album wasn’t recorded in a studio.

It was created on the edge of the Snake River Canyon, in a cabin north of Sun Valley Idaho, in his father’s mortuary, and in a dozen other places. For music as unique and personal as Korby’s, it only made sense that the actual creation of THOUSAND SPRINGS be part of the story.

Says Lenker: “I grew up in Idaho. My first band, Clockwork Orange, practiced in a basement in Twin Falls. I learned how to play guitar by listening to records and learning the licks, one note at a time. The way I play and think about music now has a lot to do with growing up there, feeling isolated from the outside world. There weren’t a lot of people around me making music. I had to go out and find it.”

Korby’s deliberate approach to music is the mainstay of career now tipping into its third decade. Along the way there have been numerous songwriting awards (including first place wins at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase) and festival appearances, (Sasquatch, Bumbershoot). Lenker has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek, Chris Isaak, to name a few.

It was in the publication of MEDIUM HERO, Lenker’s first collection of short stories (Turner Publishing December 2015) that he found his true voice, as well as his vision for THOUSAND SPRINGS.

“For me,” says Lenker, “the two most important qualities of good art are originality and meaning. By original, I mean you’ve got to tell your own story and no one else’s…one thing that was good for me when I moved to Nashville was that it forced me to really dig in and figure out what I did that was different than what everyone else was doing. In Nashville, everyone can write a song and everyone can sing. But there is actually very little in the way of true originality. I spent my first three years in town parking cars at a hotel and taking a bunch of chances, creatively speaking. No one really cared about me, which turned out to be very freeing. Those first years were when I wrote most of the stories that became Medium Hero. I started writing songs that tended toward personal meaning over commercial appeal, and along the way I discovered there was an audience for this approach to telling my story. That was the best discovery of all. There are people out there who will let me be myself!”

Deciding that Story is Everything, Korby hatched an ambitious plan for his 7th album. After raising $20K in a crowdfunding campaign, he purchased some recording gear and a high-end battery typically used in climbing expeditions, and drove out to Idaho to see what would happen. He recorded the heart of each song — the guitar and vocal — in different places important to him personally. He recorded during the day and slept in a tent at night. He blogged about it.

After recording the basic tracks, he spent the next several months driving around the country, recording his friends where they lived — in backyards and hotel rooms – in Seattle, Portland, LA, Austin, Madison, Boston and more. Thousand Springs was recorded in 7 states and features almost 30 different artists from the young folk scene, including Nora Jane Struthers, Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Elkin, Kai Welch, Beck Warren and many more.

Finally, in full-circle flourish, Lenker brought the album back to the present, finishing up the recordings at his home in East Nashville.

Tracklist

1. Northern Lights
2. Friend And A Friend
3. Nothing Really Matters
4. Last Man Standing
5. Book Nerd
6. Uh Oh
7. Stormy Seas
8. Father To The Man
9. Late Bloomers
10. Love Is The Only Song
11. Mermaids
12. Wherever You Are

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Album Details

Artist

Korby Lenker

Album Title

Thousand Springs

Street Date

07/14/2017

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06/16/2017

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5% (ends 07/20/2017)

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Singer/Songwriter

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Soundly Music, LLC

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Album Details

Artist

Korby Lenker

Album Title

Thousand Springs

Preorder Date

06/02/2017

Street Date

07/14/2017

Genre

Singer/Songwriter

Label

Soundly Music, LLC

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Digital Audio Longplay

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886446497433

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