"Too country for country radio, Koch these days would get filed under folk, the same place you find too country for country folks such as Lucinda Williams. That’s country’s loss." (Houston Chronicle)
Seventh generation Texan and Berkalin Records recording artist Libby Koch is an Americana singer-songwriter based in Houston. The 2013 Houston Press Music Award winner for Best Songwriter draws from a classic Americana blend of country, folk, and rock, with influences from great artists such as Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Janis Joplin, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, and Dolly Parton. Her goal is to make real, honest music that resonates with people.
Libby just finished recording a new solo album, Tennessee Colony. The record is produced by Jack Saunders, mastered by Jerry Tubb, and features performances by Susan Gibson (writer of Wide Open Spaces), Allen Huff (Roger Creager), Sarah Golden (NBC's The Voice), Eleanor Whitmore (The Mastersons), Wood and Wire, Rick Richards (Ray Wylie Hubbard), Riley Osbourn (The Lost Gonzo Band), and Lloyd Maines. Tennessee Colony will be released by Berkalin Records in April 2014.
Libby has been playing some of the nation's best independent music venues over the past few years. She regularly plays local shows at Houston's McGonigel's Mucky Duck and Firehouse Saloon and plays across the Lone Star State at venues such as Adair's Saloon in Dallas and Poodie's in Austin. Libby recently returned from a 10-state, 18-show tour through the Southeast, which included gigs at the Basement in Nashville and the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans. She toured Europe in 2011 and is scheduled to return to the West Coast in early 2014, where she has previously played at venues such as the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.
Libby plays shows (1) with the full Libby Koch Band, (2) as a rootsier Black Keys style duo with drummer Joe Devadanam, and (3) solo acoustic. She's opened for artists such as Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll, Charlie Robison, Bonnie Bishop, Gary P. Nunn, The Trishas, Kevin Fowler, The Derailers, and Lorrie Morgan.
Recognition for Libby's music:
Official Showcase Artist, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference (SWRFA), 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
Libby has three solo releases under her belt: The Shadow of This Town, which was released by Nashtex Records in December 2010, the 2009 full-length album Redemption, and the 2008 EP, The Barn Burner EP. Libby's band, The Grievous Angels, a side project with songwriters Lainey Balagia and Debbie Forrest, released an album in 2013.
Libby is a member of the Americana Music Association, Folk Alliance, and the Academy of Texas Music. She is affiliated with BMI.