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!

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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.