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Story last updated at 6:38 PM on Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Singer from 'The Voice' performs at Land's End

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer


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Singer Lee Koch performs at Land's End Resort at 8 p.m. Saturday.

It's a long way from Team Christina to Land's End, but the 27-year-old singer who captivated listeners with his rendition of Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" brings his soulful sound to Homer this weekend.

Lee Koch, part of pop star Christina Aguilera's team on the NBC series "The Voice," performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at Land's End Resort. All tickets are $20 each or $30 for two. Atz Lee Kilcher, whose sister Jewel was Koch's mentor on "The Voice," also performs.

From Temecula, Calif., Koch arrived in Anchorage this week with his wife Nicole after driving up with friends. Homer starts the Alaska leg of his Free from Misery Tour that also includes a performance at 9 p.m. June 1 at the Tap Root in Anchorage.

On "The Voice," musicians perform in a blind audition before their team captains. They advance against other team mates and other teams. Koch did a bluesy version of Dylan's classic song. In a battle round against team mate Lindsey Pavao, Aguilera had him perform Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," but he was eliminated in his second appearance on the show.

"I was a little off guard," Koch said in a phone interview. "I didn't expect her to throw '90s grunge at me. She definitely stretched me. I did what I could with it."

Koch said he did appreciate getting some back story about his life and work at his friend's bakery as part of his TV appearance. Being on "The Voice" has boosted his career. Promoters who might not have given him a chance now give him a second look.

"It's definitely opened a lot of doors," he said.

Koch has one album out, "Same As Blood." Of his music, Koch says, "Call it folk. Call it blues or Americana. Call it what you choose."

Gabe Sullivan of Surfer Magazine raved about his album, saying, "It's a rare treat to discover an artist whose music gives you goose bumps and whose lyrics inspire you to be a better person."

Touring new towns, Koch said some listeners want to hear the songs he performed on "The Voice," but he appreciates people who want to hear his original tunes.

For photos of his tours, videos and samples of Koch's music, visit his website at www.leekochmusic.com.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.