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‘Fresh look’ inspires musician Ana Egge

Americana singer-songwriter Ana Egge will perform as part of the Untangled Strings Concert Series.
Americana singer-songwriter Ana Egge will perform as part of the Untangled Strings Concert Series. Photo provided

Acoustic folk singer Ana Egge has released eight albums since 1997 and performed alongside musicians like Ron Sexsmith, Lucinda Williams and George Jones.

Growing up in the plains of North Dakota, the coast of California and a commune in New Mexico, Egge brings a variety of influences both musical and otherwise to the stage. Tonight, she will bring her Americana sound to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County’s Untangled Strings Concert Series.

Q: You had a nomadic childhood that took you from the North Dakota plains to a commune in rural New Mexico. Has that influenced you as an artist?

A: Absolutely. Newness is a flowering spring. It’s a fresh look. My mother taught me to see and find all that you can find that God left for you to see on a short walk, for example. Imagine what one can find laid out for you to find in any given moment with your own eyes in a new place.

Q: After you decided to become a musician, you built your own guitar. Do you think that building something from the inside out like that helped you to become a better musician? Do you still use it?

A: Yes, I just finished a session in the studio with my sweet beloved. I put my own name on the 12th fret, so my guitar is an extension of myself. It’s still my main ax.

Q: How has a willingness to take risks, musically or otherwise, helped you in your career?

A: It’s a defining characteristic. All I want is to be myself.

Q: How would you describe your voice as a songwriter?

A: Grounded, original melodic and honest.

Egge will release a new collection of songs, “Bright Shadow,” in April.

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