Ana Egge handcrafted her own guitar at the age of 17 and tours with it today, strewing her well-crafted, pine-scented syllables and staccato notes around the continent. She plays tomorrow night, December 1, at one of our favorite places on earth — Pappy & Harriet’s in Pioneertown, CA just down the road from Ace Hotel & Swim Club. We asked Ana some questions about her constant companion — go see her for yourself at 8pm. The show is free and all ages, and you can down a couple shots of no frills moonshine and a rack of heaven-sent ribs while you’re there.
Tell me about your hand-built guitar…
I apprenticed with a luthier in Southwest New Mexico named Don Musser during my senior year of high school. He was also taught astrology at my parents’ school, Down To Earth School. It took me seven months to built and it is still my primary instrument after all these years.
Where’d you learn to play guitar?
We had a guitar class at Down To Earth that quickly turned into a sort of hippy bluegrass band. I was 13. We did acoustic versions of songs by the Dead and Bob Marley as well as traditional bluegrass songs. After three months of playing the guitar in class I also took up the mandolin…
What’s the force behind your work, your songs?
I’m caught somewhere between pursuing and being pursued by melody. I’m chasing after something in my dreams and during the day I’m being hounded by songs in my head. Writing lyrics is a fascinating process that I cant imagine living without. And when they fall together it’s a blissful moment.
Photo by Patrick Fraser