Ana Egge and Her Deepest, Darkest Secrets

Ana Egge

Born in Saskatchewan, Ana Egge never was your typical run-of-the-mill country/alternative singer. Ana has left a distinct mark on the country music scene with her rock-based chord progressions that have dubbed her as a Gillian Welch with a rocker edge. Ana Egge has shared the stage with some of country’s heavy-hitters, such as Ralph Stanley, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Shawn Colvin, Richard Thompson, Ron Sexsmith, Iris Dement, George Jones, Joan Armatrading… of course, the list goes on.

The daughter of a wheat farmer, Ana Egge grew up in North Dakota, in a town with a population of fifty. Her and her family settled in Silver City, New Mexico when she was twelve, where her parents, who were teachers as well as farmers, founded a school they called “Down To Earth.” When she was seventeen, Ana apprenticed with one of her teachers, Don Musser, who built and repaired lutes, where she built her first guitar, which is the one she still uses as her main guitar to this day.

After a few successful local stints with various songs she wrote, she was persuaded by a couple of country vets to record a demo of the original songs she wrote in Austin, Texas, which almost instantly led to a record deal with Lazy S.O.B. With her first solo release, “River Under the Road,” it wasn’t long before she found herself touring with many of her music heroes, followed by an Austin Music Awards recognition as Best Singer/Songwriter and Best Folk Artist.

Ana Egge’s dazzling guitar talents were highlighted on her solo tour and when she recorded a live album, “Mile Marker,” in 1999. After five years of musical stardom in Austin, Ana returned to Silver City where she settled down a bit to spend time with her family, write several more songs and build her house just outside of town. In 2002, she settled in Brooklyn, New York, where she began working with members of Ani DiFranco’s band to complete “Out Past the Lights,” her next critically acclaimed album.

Three years after winning The Mountain Stage New Song Competition in New York, Ana kept the momentum with her next album, “Bad Blood,” released in 2011 under Ammal records. Bad Blood is about mental illness, but conveys a powerful sense of compassion and hope of redemption. Steve Earle, the producer, stated that the songs “are low and lonesome, big square-stare noir ballads which she plays on a guitar she built with her own two hands and sings like she’s telling us her deepest, darkest secrets.”

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