The Daily Star
---- — Ana Egge and the Ohiomen will perform at 8 p.m. Monday at B-Side Ballroom and Supper Club in the Clinton Plaza in Oneonta.
Born in Estevan, Saskatchewan, Egge grew up in the town of Ambrose, N.D., population 50. At 12, her family relocated to Silver City, N.M., where her parents established a school called Down to Earth.
Her astrology teacher, Don Musser, was an accomplished luthier, and the summer before she turned 17, Musser invited Egge to apprentice with the intention of helping her build her own guitar, according to a media release said.
The musician drove to Musser’s house once a month for seven months until the guitar was completed, the release said. It is the main guitar she continues to play.
Egge has been touring steadily following her most recent album — her seventh — 2011’s “Bad Blood.”
Rolling Stone gave the album 3.5 stars, saying, “her latest, a team up with producer Steve Earle, is folk-rock storytelling stained red and flush with madness … tuneful noir in a long American tradition.” Earle said of the musician, “Ana Egge’s 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.”
The Washington Post said the songs in the album are “admirably forthright, regardless of whether Egge candidly expresses delight or despair.” And the Toronto Star said Egge’s “sanguine alto sounds like a teakettle blend of Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant and Kathleen Edwards.”
Agge has toured and shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Ralph Stanley, John Prine, Ron Sexsmith, Shawn Colvin, Joan Armatrading, Iris Dement, Richard Thompson, George Jones and many more.
For more information, go to bsideballroom.com or call 432-2053.