ANA EGGE - River Under the Road (SOB002 - 1997)

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Austin, TX -- Lazy S.O.B. Recordings announces the release of River Under The Road, the debut album by 20-year-old Austin, TX-based singer- songwriter Ana Egge. Co-produced by Egge and David Sanger, the Grammy-winning drummer for Asleep at the Wheel, the 11-song collection features contributions by such noted Austin musicians as Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen band), Danny Barnes (Bad Livers), Mary Cutrufello (Jimmie Dale Gilmore band). Paul Glasse, Steve James, Marvin Denton Dykhuis (Tish Hinojosa band, Threadgill's Supper Sessions) and such past and present members of Asleep at the Wheel as Lucky Oceans, Tim Alexander, Cindy Cashdollar, Jason Roberts and Chris Booher. The Austin Chronicle calls River Under The Road "a debut masterpiece worthy of a songwriter decades worldlier than this mere 20-year-old soul." The album is the culmination of Egge's swift rise since arriving in Austin in 1994. Coming of age musicially in Silver City, NM., Egge was encouraged to move to Austin by noted bassist, songwriter and Blind Pig recording artist Sarah Brown (who also plays on River Under The Road). Soon after hitting town, Egge won the 1995 Village Voyage Songwriter Search, sponsored by the Austin-American Statesman's weekly XLent. entertainment guide. The prize included a trip to New York City where Egge made her Big Apple debut at The Fort, the nexus of the Manhattan "anti-folk" scene. She was also voted Best New Artist in the 1996 Music City Texas annual insiders poll, and has already earned the support of such Austin songwriting legends as Jimmie Dale Gilmore, who co-wrote the album's title track with Egge and Brown and appears in the first video from the LP.

Austin Chronicle reviews "River Under The Road": Ana Egge is a walking divining rod. Some artists are like that-blessed with the necessary internal guages to read situations, people...maybe even the future. Something, that inner water rod, perhaps, or the insistence of bass legend and longtime friend Sarah Brown, brought Egge east from New Mexico to Austin to pusue something already deep within her.

The result is River Under The Road, a debut masterpiece worthy of a songwriter decades worldlier than this mere 20-year-old soul. The title track rips and sways like an international flatbed on a Farm-to-Market road, tellling of rumbling currents which lie beneath the surface; not so much eerie foreshadowing, as giddy anticipation and acceptance of the mystery which lies ahead (and below): "It goes much farther, deeper and darker than the road above could ever go..." Co-written with Brown and Jimmie Dale Gilmore, the tune sets the tone for the rest of this near-perfect CD, brimming and shimmering with similar revelations. Is it any wonder then, that players like Rich Brotherton, Casper Rawls, Danny Barnes, Paul Glasse, and producers Brown and David Sanger were drawn to this project?
Egge insists that she's lucky. But River Under The Road proves she's not just lucky or talented, but her internal divining device is fine-tuned and promises to unearth subjacent reserves for ages to come. ****1/2