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COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE FEATURE

Top UK country music magazine Country Music People wrote a cover feature on Libby in their August 2017 issue. Click on the pictures below to read the article!

GREAT PRESS FOR "JUST MOVE ON"

TOP 100 IN TEXAS REGIONAL RADIO REPORT & AMERICANA RADIO CHARTS; #24 JUNE FAR CHART

“…like a bowl of gumbo and a mug of Shiner Bock at the end of a hard, rainy day.... Her music makes you want to persevere on the off chance that the new morning might yield an unexpected creation. Such moments may be fleeting, but there are none as rewarding.” - NO DEPRESSION (MIKE SEELY)

“…she sings her story with a little twang, some slide guitar, and a lot of heart.” - TEXAS MONTHLY (DAN SOLOMON)

“…an emerging artist that could easily become the next queen of Americana” - FREE PRESS HOUSTON

"...if there was a genre for ‘retro-modern country’ then Just Move On is the poster child" - MAVERICK MAGAZINE (UK)

“…the kind of crisp but classic country-pop that has all but vanished from Nashville but guarantees the album a welcome spot in the libraries of any Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter or Patty Loveless fan. That said, fans who prefer their country music come from a dance hall rather than a coffeehouse will be rewarded handsomely with “You Don’t Live Here Anymore,” “Bring You Down” and “I’ve Been Blind” as well.” - HOUSTON PRESS (CHRIS GRAY)

“Everything about this album reminds me that country music isn’t dead, but up until now, has been buried in the heart of Texas.... If ever there is a song that brings true ‘country’ back to country radio, You Don’t Live Here Anymore will do just that. If you want to be a part of putting ‘country’ back on the radio, request airplay at your local station.” - KELLY'S COUNTRY

"…Libby Koch is quintessential. If I had to sum up country music in one shot she might be my pick.... Just Move On walks trodden ground, but does so with warmth and ease, expertly weaving together a number of country tropes into a comfortable and satisfying collection of originals. The album is an easy listen with enough depth and expertise to stay engaging.... Koch plays country the way it is meant to be played, with emotion, musicianship, and earthy, clever songwriting.” - THAT MUSIC MAG (ASHER WOLF)

“…serve[s] up the pleasures of accessible, melodic pop, rock and country like they used to when the car radio felt like a genial companion.” - RAMBLES (JEROME CLARK)

“It’s poignant stuff. A classic country sound…” - FLYINGSHOES REVIEW (MAURICE HOPE - UK)

"Traditional country doesn't get any countrier than this" - THE ROCKING MAGPIE (UK)

"This is a daring and lively album underpinned by Libby's undoubted enthusiasm, deep-rooted country mood and sharp songwriting skills." - FATEA MAGAZINE (MIKE RITCHIE - UK)

"'Just Move On' is a tasty in the hearing sounding album that relaxes you from start to finish." (translated from Dutch by Google Translate) - MUZIEKWERELD (NL)

"Instead of chosing for a career as lawyer, Houston based singer-songwriter Libby Koch selected to go for a much more unsecure musical route. All her albums demonstrate that she did make the right choices and that her future in the world of female country music singers looks very bright and prosperous. Her latest album “Just Move On” will help her to open more doors in the USA, but certainly also abroad" (translated from Belgian by Google Translate) - ROOTSTIME (BE)

"...a kind of effortless introduction to the American folk music and country music world." (translated from Hungarian by Google Translate) - HANGZASVILAG MAGAZIN (HU)

FEATURED INTERVIEWS

"Libby Koch is Ready to 'Just Move On'" - HOUSTON PRESS

"Libby Koch - Exclusive Interview on The Country Startpage" - THE COUNTRY STARTPAGE (NL)

"Country Singer Libby Koch to Perform at Alvin Live Concert" - HOUSTON CHRONICLE

"Libby Koch: From Legal Firm to Lyricist" - TIME WARNER CABLE NEWS

"Music in the Morning: Libby Koch: - GOOD DAY AUSTIN

BIO

Texas Americana singer-songwriter Libby Koch (pronounced "coke") is a “country meets soulful” (Free Press Houston), “feisty Texas songbird” (Country Music People) who “sings her story with a little twang, some slide guitar, and a lot of heart” (Texas Monthly). Libby is working on the follow up album to her critically acclaimed 2016 LP Just Move On (Berkalin Records). Working in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Bil VornDick, she draws on legends from Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn to Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, among others, to craft “true cryin’ and leavin’ country songs.” Combining her country soul with a seventh-generation Texas troubadour’s storytelling skill, Koch fills her songs with intimacy and honesty. Like the most timeless country classics, they’re the kind that make you feel good about feelin’ bad.
 
Koch’s gospel-grounded and honky-tonk voice powerfully navigates the emotions inherent in an album about relationships, starting with the opening break-up trio, “Just Move On,” “You Don’t Live Here Anymore” and “Out of My Misery” — three diverse, retro-to-modern songs that ultimately convey more about the triumph of empowerment than the pain of loss. Tracked live with veteran players handpicked by VornDick, the album, her fourth, is a fine follow-up to her 2014 release, Tennessee Colony, which drew on her ancestors’ stories to address themes of family, faith and home. Calling it “a frisky blend of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel set to some mighty fine fiddle, banjo and mandolin” and labeling it “daisy fresh,” the Houston Press put Tennessee Colony on its year-end top 10 list.

Though Houston native Koch began writing songs in junior high school, she never considered doing so professionally until she attended law school at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University, where she discovered she could hold her own in a city full of heavyweight talents. A job at a large Houston law firm convinced her music, not law, was her true calling, and eventually, she decided it was time to … just move on. 

Just Move On earned Libby three first-round GRAMMY ballot nominations in the Country Solo Performance, Country Song, and Country Album Categories. 

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CONTACT INFO

Media & Publicity Inquiries:
Jill McGuckin & Heidi Labensart, McGuckin Entertainment PR
jill@mcguckinpr.com * heidi@mcguckinpr.com 
(512) 478-0578

Management Inquiries
Charlie Stewart, Handshake Management 
handshakemgt@gmail.com
(512) 731-3543 

Booking
Sara Beth Teel, Bluebird Booking Austin
sarabeth.bluebirdbooking@gmail.com
(713) 376-9520

Label:
Brian Kalinec, Berkalin Records
brian.at.berkalin@gmail.com

Digital Distribution:
Ed Gertler, Digital Delivery Services
edgertler@comcast.net

Radio Promo (Secondary Country):
Jerry Duncan, Jerry Duncan Promo
jerry@duncanpromo.com

Radio Promo (Americana):
Bill Wence, Bill Wence Promotions
billwencepro@earthlink.net

Radio Promo (Texas):
Ed Spacek, The Spacek Company
info@thespacekcompany.com

UK Booking & European Promo:
Rob Ellen, The Medicine Show
rob@medicinemusic.co.uk

European Promo:
Peter Holmstedt, Hemifran
peter.holmstedt@telia.com

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RECOGNITION FOR LIBBY'S MUSIC

  • Nominee, Houston Press Music Awards, Best Roots, 2015
  • Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase & Quad Showcase, Northwest Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference, 2014
  • Performer, Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, 2014
  • Emerging Artist Showcase, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, 2014 
  • Performer, Kerrville Folk Festival's Threadgill Theater, 2014 
  • Regional Finalist, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Competition, 2014 
  • Finalist, Wildflower! Festival Performing Songwriter Competition, 2014 
  • Nominee, Free Press Houston SAMMY, Best Blues, 2014
  • Semi-Finalist, Songwriter Serenade Competition, 2014 
  • Official Showcase Artist, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance (SWRFA) Conference, 2013 
  • Songwriter of the Year, Houston Press Music Awards, 2013 
  • Best Americana/Folk (with The Grievous Angels), Houston Press Music Awards, 2013 
  • 2nd Place, Songwriter Serenade Competition, 2013 
  • Nominee, Local Musician of the Year and Local Recording of the Year (with The Grievous Angels), Houston Press Music Awards, 2013 
  • Nominee, Best Folk, Best Americana (with The Grievous Angels), and Songwriter of the Year, Houston Press Music Awards, 2012 
  • Nominee, Best Folk, Houston Press Music Awards, 2011 
  • Nominee, Best Female Vocalist, Texas Music Awards, 2011

VENUES LIBBY HAS PLAYED

TEXAS:
Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX
Cheatham Street Warehouse, San Marcos, TX
McGonigel's Mucky Duck, Houston, TX 
The Redneck Country Club, Stafford, TX
Firehouse Saloon, Houston, TX 
The Continental Club, Houston, TX
Anderson Fair, Houston, TX 
JP Hops House, Houston, TX
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston, TX
Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe, Galveston, TX
Stingaree's, Crystal Beach, TX
The Saxon Pub, Austin, TX 
Strange Brew, Austin, TX
Threadgill's World Headquarters, Austin, TX
Whip In, Austin, TX
Poodie's Hilltop Roadhouse, Spicewood, TX 
Kerrville Folk Festival Threadgill Theater, Kerrville, TX 
Wildflower! Festival, Richardson, TX 
Adair's Saloon, Dallas, TX  
Poor David's Pub, Dallas, TX  
The Texan Theater, Greenville, TX

SOUTHEAST: 
The Basement, Nashville, TN  
Third and Lindsley, Nashville, TN  
Springwater Supper Club, Nashville, TN  
Java Monkey, Decatur, GA  
Kavarna, Decatur, GA  
Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC  
Tyber Creek Pub, Charlotte, NC  
The Maple Leaf, New Orleans, LA 
The Flora-Bama, Perdido Key, FL/AL
Lulu's, Gulf Shores, AL
Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, Pensacola, FL

NORTHEAST:
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Hillsdale, NY 
Huntington Folk Festival, Huntington, NY 
Hill Country BBQ, Washington, DC  
Hill Country BBQ, New York, NY 
Blue, Portland, ME
Perks & Corks, Westerly, RI

WEST COAST:
Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles, CA 
Brainwash Cafe, San Francisco, CA 
Huntington Beach Arts Center, Huntington Beach, CA
Devil Mountain Coffee House, Walnut Creek, CA
Kits Wired Monk, Vancouver, BC  
2 Bit Saloon, Seattle, WA
Hattie's Hat, Seattle, WA

MIDWEST:
Uncommon Ground, Chicago, IL
Folkstage on WFMT, Chicago, IL
1900 Park, St. Louis, MO
Westport Saloon, Kansas City, MO 
The Nicollet, Minneapolis, MN
Byron's, Pomeroy, IA

EUROPE:
The British Embassy, Paris, France
Belladrum Festival, Beuly, UK (Scotland)
Clarks on Lindsay, Dundee, UK (Scotland)
Kiss the Sky, London, UK 
Beehive Pub, Swindon, UK (England)
The Harp, Bexhill, UK (England)
Cryan's Bar, Carrick-on-Shannon, Ireland
The Longford Arms, Longford, Ireland
Darkey Kelly's, Dublin, Ireland

MORE PRESS QUOTES

The Houston Press has named Libby as one of Houston's most up and coming artists! Read the cover story HERE.

"​Too country for country, Koch these days would get filed under folk, the same place you find too country for country folks such as Lucinda Williams." (Houston Chronicle). 

"Libby Koch may have set this album in the tiny East Texas settlement near Palestine where her ancestors settled in the days of William B. Travis, but the lively arrangements -- a frisky blend of country, folk, bluegrass and gospel set to some mighty fine fiddle, banjo and mandolin -- not only make Tennessee Colony sound daisy-fresh, but the rare acoustic-based album that truly deserves to be called "Americana." (Chris Gray, The Houston Press)

"It is artists like Koch that are restoring faith in country music to its fans." (Matthew Warnock, International Guitar Magazine

"Koch blends her folk and country influences into a storytelling collage that leaves the listener refreshed, enlightened, and entertained. Both live and in the CD player, Texas music fans are warming up to Libby, and she is making an indelible mark on the performing scene." (Lucky Boyd, www.mytexasmusic.com

"Authentic music, rooted for generations in the deep, dusty Texan soil." (Kathy Sands-Boehmer, No Depression

“Been on this talented lady's trail since I caught her at Spring Crawfish Fest last Spring. Hard to pigeon hole her style since she borrows from a wonderful blend of Americana, country, folk and especially rock. She says her main goal is to make honest music that resonates with people and to that end she is doing quite well. She pairs quite well with her sidekick Brian Kalinec who cleaned up on guitar solos on gems like "All That Love" and "The Other Side". Whether we were catching her in showcase rooms or the tight hotel rooms, this woman has the goods to make you stop and take notice. HMR sees big time star things on the horizon for LK and you can bet we're on her like white on rice. Not a nicer more down to earth person either folks! What you see is what you get and that is a boat load of good...” (Edge Ferranti, Houston Music Review

"Libby Koch reminds me a lot of Susan Gibson, the Indigo Girls, and Holly Williams; and come to think of it they’re all staples in my driving playlist(s). Libby is going to both fit in and stand out perfectly." (Devon Joyce, Roothog Radio

"While the songs of The Shadow of This Town have the polish to stand in a playlist with the likes of Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, and Lori McKenna, Libby’s fresh take and raw honesty ensure she will never be mistaken for any of the powerhouse names a listener may draw on for comparison." (Heather Miller-Rodriguez, KRUU FM

"Libby Koch managed to make a record that knows almost no boundaries with The Shadow of This Town. She plays by her own rules, and that is what will set her apart from the others and get her through to the top, where she rightfully belongs." (Melissa Nastasi, www.modernmysteryblog.com

"Fans will without a doubt relate to all of the themes captured on The Shadow of This Town.  Due to the emotional topography of this record, it should be consumed in multiple listens and enjoyed by fans of downright and unforgiving country rock and Americana. Lucinda Williams and Indigo Girls fans should be warned!" (Michael Morgan, www.indiesouprunner.com)