Rock Me (Divine Mother)

Saturday, May 20 at Chestnut House Concerts: The Ana Egge Trio.  Potluck at 6, Music at 7.  RSVP with Tim Lehman at tlehman9@gmail.com.

Here’s a video of “Rock Me” in honor of Mother’s Day 2017..
This original Ana Egge song is from her album Bright Shadow. Ana sings and plays guitar and Yep Roc Records Recording artists The Stray Birds sing background vocals. May this song be a tribute to mothers everywhere as well as the divine feminine and possibility of redemption in all of us.

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Words and Music by Ana Egge and Gary Nicholson. Directed and shot by Paul Kloss.

Meet PJ George III

PJGeorgePJ was not with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys in 2013 when they played at Chestnut House Concerts, and although we met very briefly at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival last year, the introduction was not long enough to get to know much about this artist.  PJ graciously responded to a few interview questions so that Chestnut House Concerts could introduce him prior to the house show coming up on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

How old were you when you first started your own music collection and who were some of your favorite artists?

 I remember pretty much always having a music collection, probably from when I was 5 or 6 on. First on cassette tape then when CDs came out, I got a CD player and started acquiring. Some early things I remember being in the collection were the Beatles Past Masters collection, Michael Jackson, Tom Petty’s full moon fever. I also remember listening to some of my mom’s vinyl collection which included some 50’s doo wop collections and Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.


 

I know you play a variety of instruments including the upright bass, which is what you play with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.  If you went into a room full of instruments, which instrument would you play first?

I suppose I would gravitate towards the piano or the fiddle – those two are the most fun to play alone.


 

Which instrument in your collection has the most interesting story?

Well, one of my basses (the non folding one) was used in Marty Stuart’s band at one time and used on his album Live at the Ryman.  I bought it from the guy who played it in his band, shortly after I won the band contest at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in 2010. I also own a fiddle that a friend of mine built from scratch using only hand tools.


 

It’s fun to watch your #whereisleptlastnight #tourbed photos come through my Facebook feed. Do you remember the first one you took and why?  PJBed1

I think the first tourbed picture I took was the purple fiddle in WV but I  couldn’t be positive about that. I got the idea from Ana Egge but she doesn’t tour nearly as much so I figured I’d give it a try. PJBed2


 

You’ve played at multiple festivals across the United States. Which one would you say is your favorite and why?

It’s super hard to try to pick a favorite festival out, but getting to experience Telluride as an artist was super cool and fun and Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival throws a great one and they have great artist catering.


 

Lancaster is an incubator of creativity with great art galleries, music venues and restaurants. Will this be your first visit here? If not, do you remember the where, when and why for your visit?

This will be my first visit to Lancaster and I’m looking forward to it very much.


 

Touring involves a lot of sedentary travel time. What activities do you do when you have an opportunity to move around?

I try to get outdoors when possible. I like hiking, playing golf, swimming, and occasionally shooting skeet.


 

Chestnut House Concerts provides dinner for our guest artists. Any special requests for after the show on September 7th?

No special dinner requests. We generally like to eat good, fairly healthy food but we’re not super picky. Can’t wait to play your house concert series!

Lindsay (vocals, guitar, banjo), Josh (vocals, mandolin), Mark (dobro) and PJ (upright bass) will be playing at 7:00 pm on Sunday, September 7.  There’s a potluck at 6:00 pm prior to the show.  Call/text Tim at 717-940-9311 or send an email to tlehman9@gmail.com to reserve a seat.  Donations ($15/20) at the door; all money goes to the musicians.

Meanwhile, I’ll be getting PJ’s tourbed ready. 

 

Virginia is for (Music) Lovers ♥ – Part I

The first annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival was held July 12-14, 2013 in Mount Solon, Virginia. The festival was presented and organized by The Steel Wheels; sponsored by Blue Mountain Brewery and WNRN. Due to work obligations and a full schedule (Grey Fox was just around the corner) we could only attend on Saturday (July 13th) and while we missed many great bands, we were able to catch the awesome shows of Scott Miller, Ana Egge, JD McPherson, The Wiyos, The Sam Bush Band, and of course, The Steel Wheels.

This festival will be on our radar next summer for sure. Three things that impressed me were a) the line up, b) the quality of sound (see live recording download below) and c) the high level of organization, particularly for a first time event. For more information visit http://www.redwingroots.com.

Jonathan Byrd played at the Shenandoah Mountain Stage on Sunday afternoon. Jonathan and Chris Kokesh were at Chestnut House Concerts in October 2012 and audience members still comment on how engaging Jonathan was as a performer and wordsmith. This live set includes Paul Ford on cello, Omar Ruiz-Lopez on violin, Johnny Waken on electric guitar, mandolin, harmonica, Jonathan Byrd on acoustic guitar and vocals. “You Can’t Outrun the Radio” harmonies: Ana Egge, The Steel Wheels, Wild Ponies, Carrie Elkin, and Danny Schmidt

As I mentioned earlier, the sound at the festival was great, and the recording of this live performance is quite good – (Jason Misterka and John Neil). It’s available for download – at whatever price you want to pay. Do it!

Artist Updates

The Barn Birds will be touring together again in the fall providing shows in the Northwest and the Northeast in October 2013. For more information about their tour schedule you can visit http://www.chriskokesh.com/performances.html.

Mark your calendars for an appearance by The Stray Birds in Lancaster, PA on Friday, October 18, 2013. Series 42 is hosting this fantastic local group at the Elks Club Lodge, 219 N. Duke Street. Ana Egge will be touring with them for this show and a few others including a November 1 performance at World Cafe Live on Walnut Street in Philadelphia.

April Verch continues holding a strong tour schedule and will be in Sweden at the end of July and into August. Check out this artist’s rendition of April from fan Steve Jackson – even the plywood was captured in what he calls “zen calligraphy”. April Verch

The Kruger Brothers are also traveling internationally – headed to their homeland of Switzerland in October and November 2013.

Ear to the Ground Music posted a nice review of The Barefoot Movement in June.
http://www.eartothegroundmusic.co/2013/06/27/the-barefoot-movement-figures-of-the-year/

Banjo master Bill Evans performs with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the Midwest Banjo Camp in June. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKA_KGq7UJk

Tania Elizabeth will be busy with The Duhks in the next several weeks as they tour the Northeast including appearances at the Redwing Roots Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Green River Festival and the Grassroots Festival.

Announcements for our fall schedule at Chestnut House Concerts will be made soon. We hope you all are having a great summer.