The Americana Agency

Our first house concert was The Barn Birds (Jonathan Byrd/Chris Kokesh).  Tim knew Chris from Portland, Oregon and heard her perform many times with the Misty River Band and with other musicians over the years – including Jonathan Byrd. Upon inquiring whether The Barn Birds could do a house concert for us, we were directed to John Laird at The Americana Agency. The connection with John led us to other great artists for our house concert series including The Stray Birds and Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys,

This summer we had the privilege of meeting John at the Red Wing Roots Festival in Virginia, and again at Grey Fox in upstate New York.  John has an ear for talent and the artists we’ve met through his roster are personable and engaging – and in turn speak very highly of The Americana Agency.

We have two more bands in our 2013-2014 line up that are represented by John’s agency – The Wild Ponies on January 17, 2014 and in one week, we host another artist from The Americana Agency – Nora Jane Struthers.  She and multi-instrumentalist Joe Overton will be doing four shows before Christmas starting with Chestnut House Concerts on the 18th and then heading north to New York for the remaining shows.

As often happens around the holidays, some audience members have canceled due to schedule conflicts.  We have room for about 4 more so if that means you, give us a call, text or email to save a seat.




Virginia is for (Music) Lovers ♥ – Part II

After a music-filled day at the Red Wing Roots Music Festival and a good night’s rest at a friend’s beautiful home in Waynesboro, we ventured out on Sunday, July 14th for breakfast, the flea market and wine (not all at the same place).

With the notes of the late night music of Sam Bush still ringing in my ears, I was ecstatic to find a couple New Grass Revival LPs at the flea market…in the same box with Act 1 – The Seldom Scene, Old & in the Way (all the greats…Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Vassar Clements and John Kahn) and my very first (yeah, I know…what took me so long?) Bill Monroe recording – Bean Blossom ’79. The Act 1 vinyl is not in the best shape, but what fun to listen to Mike Auldridge, John Starling, John Duffey, Ben Eldridge and Tom Gray in this 1972 recording and finally gain an understanding of the passion for The Seldom Scene that still exists today.


The perfect ending to a music filled weekend included visits to Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery and Flying Fox Vineyard in beautiful Afton Mountain.

If you’re a music festival lover who likes wine, or a wine lover who likes music festivals – you might want to make room on your calendar for the 2014 Red Wing Roots Music Festival where you can take in 3 days of great music and also visit a few of Virginia’s 150+ wineries.