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American Standard Time- ‘Ballad Of Jean Genet’ song premier & beautiful album review
by Sean Jewell ::
Outlaw poets are the best poets. By talent or by fate, none quite nailed the role like French poet Jean Genet. Genet was a adopted after being born to a prostitute; as a child he loved running away and became a thief. He became imprisoned, got out by joining the foreign legion, got kicked out for being gay, then became a vagabond, prostituting himself when he wasn’t stealing. He wrote his first book in prison, and after guards destroyed it for being contraband as well as homosexual erotica, he simply rewrote it from memory. Genet sought out and introduced himself to Jean Cocteau, who recognized his talent with words. When it came time for him to be imprisoned again, Cocteau, Picasso, and Jean Paul-Sartre banded together and appealed to the president of France to commute his sentence. He was a writer the rest of his life, championing the outlaw, the underdog, in dark, sexual, epic poems and novels about murder, prison, and war.
North Dakota folk songwriter Ana Egge learned about him from another great poet: Patti Smith.
“What I should’ve said when I met Patti Smith was, ‘thanks for turning me on to Jean Genet.’ In her book Just Kids she mentions many writers and artists who influenced her early on. One was Genet. I’d never heard of him and after she’d mentioned him many times in a reverential way as a sort of patron saint of the prostitute, rebel, brilliant writer, tramp variety I had to find out who he was. The more I read his work and about his life, the more I felt the same way. “Ballad Of Jean Genet” is a tribute to a beautiful, original, subversive mind and tortured soul. It made sense that the song ended up feeling a bit like a spiritual.”
We find Ana to have a gift with words as well. Egge decorates songs with phrases more than writes lyrics. Words are sparse but effective, composition and patient musicianship speak volumes on her album Bright Shadow (see what I mean?) due out July 30th. Backed by The Stray Birds, Egge wrote the songs on the album with the band in mind. Such an understanding of the sound makes her never have to reach outside her vocal range for attention. Guitars, upright bass, and fiddle come into focus and fade like brush strokes on a painting to tell dreamy folk tales. On “The Ballad of Jean Genet” a single acoustic slide guitar and some harmonies tell of Genet, putting sentences together like he might, with words that do battle, with brute force and beauty in the same breath.

Ana Egge & The Stray Birds – New Album ‘Bright Shadow’ July 30, 2015


photo credit: Shervin Lainez

Just Announced- Ana Egge trio will tour with Ani DiFranco Oct. 2015

Something for Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

We all arrive here on earth in the same way, from her heart and her body. And then we are cared for and nurtured by the woman who grew us in her dark garden. And today is a day we celebrate this.

My friends and I made this video for my song Rock Me with the intention to share with everyone on Mother’s Day.

This song is included on my soon to be released album Bright Shadow. The video was shot and directed by the very talented Paul Kloss and edited by Amy Foote. Lyrics and music by Ana Egge and Gary Nicholson.

Please share with your mom or any mamas you know today and spread the love!


New Kickstarter campaign for ‘Bright Shadow’ launches today!

Hello Friends-
Happy April fools day! I’m excited to announce the launch of this kickstarter campaign to help release my new album ‘Bright Shadow’!
Below is the link and the story behind the record.
Thank you for taking the time to check it out!

March shows PA, NY & IL

Hi there everyone-
I hope Spring is beginning to reach you wherever you are. It’s been a whopper of a snow-bound winter in Brooklyn and I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road for these upcoming shows! I hope to see you soon. Peace and music, Ana

3/20 Untangled Strings- State College, PA
3/21 Urban H2O@Home- Yonkers, NY
3/27 The Balladears- Hill Country BBQ, NYC
3/28 Princeton Coffeehouse- Princeton, IL
3/29 Windy City House Concerts- Chicago, IL

Ana Egge & The Moss Bros. Rockwood 1, NYC Mon. DEC 1. 8PM

Fall 2014 shows

Hi Everybody-

I haven’t been playing a whole heck of a lot lately what with having a little baby at home. But now my daughter is almost one and I’m looking forward to picking up the pace a bit. I’ll be doing a few solo shows and another set at the Rockwood Music Hall with The Moss Bros. backing me up on cello, violin and harmonies Dec. 1. Our last show together was simply delicious!

I wish you all the best this season has to offer in color and harvest. Cheers, and I hope to see you soon!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Ana Egge String Band @ B side Ballroom
1 Clinton Plaza Drive , Oneonta, NY (United States) – Map
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Ana Egge @ Private Event- Farm to table supper club
Williamstown, MA (United States) – Map
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Ana Egge & Miss Tess & The Talkbacks @ Tin Angel
20 S 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA (United States) – Map
Set: 8:00 PM
All Ages
Monday, December 1, 2014
Ana Egge & The Moss Bros. @ Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen St., New York, NY 10012 (United States) – Map
Set: 8:00 PM


News from tour in Denmark, SXSW & my new mandolin

Greetings from Sunset Park Brooklyn.

The sun is rising. I’ve been home now for a few days from a great tour in Denmark with my backing band based over there, The Sentimentals. We played in theaters and clubs and for a first grade class who didn’t understand my English.

I did an interview with the US Embassy in Copenhagen about being a traveling songwriter & taught a college workshop for songwriters. I ate liver paste and drank rhubarb seltzer, and I witnessed Spring take hold on a Northern land.

Before Denmark, I was in Austin, TX for SXSW, which seems to grow exponentially every year. I found some amazing music and some great people. Mostly by staying away from the bigger crowds and staying South of the river.

In January I received my new mandolin that was custom built for me by my old friend Bill Bussman of Old Wave instruments in Caballo, NM. It rings like a bell! And the top wood he used for it came from Don Musser, who I built my guitar

with years ago. So now my guitar has a little sister. I couldn’t be happier. It’s been on the road with me ever since. I hope you’re sitting pretty from wherever you read this. Cheers! Ana



SXSW 2014

Stephen F’s Bar, SXSW 701 Congress Ave. Austin, TX Fri. March 14, 1AM

I’m returning to SX after a couple years away to perform songs from my new, upcoming album with The Stray Birds!

Beauty beauty beauty.