That profound lyric from Page’s beloved theme song “Virginia”, rings especially true after this unimaginable year of change and loss and too much time spent apart. So it’s in that spirit that we welcome you home, to share the music and the memories of our friend Page Wilson, who left us a full decade ago, but who leaves us with now indelible memories of the magic he made in his make-believe lair in the Chickahominy Swamp.
A very special documentary radio series debuts on Saturday, May 29th on VPM Music. The historic recordings that we’ll be revisiting soon, some more than three decades old, feature prominent artists who were playing Richmond venues back in the day … the likes of Delbert McClinton, Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Indigo Girls, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, and folks like Page who have joined the Angel Band … John Cephas, J. J. Cale and Tony Rice.
Page would ply them with brisket and gumbo and have them sing for their supper around his virtual kitchen table in the swamp, as the tape rolled. Some of what you’ll hear has never aired before, and it’s a singular snapshot of many of Americana’s most prominent artists in their prime.
This project has been years in the making and we’re grateful to Jude Schlotzhauer and Virginia Blue Wilson for entrusting us with these priceless recordings. Special thanks to Guy Spiller and Charlie Reilly for carefully digitizing these 30-year-old master tapes. And thanks to Digital Video Group, Fralin Pickups, Threshold Counsel PC, the Scott Street Family and the members of VPM Music … for their production support.
We are also honored and delighted to have had renowned illustrator Bill Nelson create the Page’s Kitchen caricature. After years in Richmond, Bill is now happily calling Staunton home and continues to make magic with his distinctive and instantly-recognizable work, now mostly focusing on sculpture. Take a fascinating look into his world here: billnelsonstudios.com
Page’s Kitchen will air twice each Saturday for seven weeks, at noon and at 8pm which was the time we’d faithfully tune in for the Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue. Listen terrestrially at either 93.1 or 107.3 FM, or stream the program live at VPM Music.
Elizabeth Wise, who was set to join us on Dec. 9th with her full band to record a live album while streaming, has decided to move forward with recording a studio album instead. Our goal is to have them join us in September for a CD release concert at In Your Ear; by then it may be feasible to have at least a limited live audience in Studio A. Elizabeth has launched a Kickstarter drive to fund the production of the album and we hope you’ll consider being a part of it.
In the meantime, Elizabeth is performing “Monday Blues” every Monday, 7 to 7:30pm, through the end of her Kickstarter campaign on her Facebook page showcasing some of the new songs she’ll include on the album. Cricket the dog often joins in. Check it out!
All of us at JAMinc hope you share in our renewed optimism for what the new year will bring and that a gradual easing of pandemic restrictions will let us get back to our live music offerings from Studio A. JAMinc … Live streaming concerts remain on hold until the board feels it’s safe for artists and crew to return. Amythyst Kiah (originally set for Jan. 14th) along with Mike Farris and Rod Picott remain in the wings and are basically ready to schedule when we are.
We wish you all of winter’s best, and urge you to catch the weekly Shockoe Sessions streaming every Tuesday night at 7:30 from Studio A. Carlos Chafin and company have created a wonderful environment to spotlight and support RVA’s formidable base of musical talent. Here’s a fine example from a few weeks ago.
Shockoe Sessions Live has raised over $10,000 for musicians and over $800 for Feed More.
Our In Your Ear … Live setup at Studio A.
To our JAMinc family …
As we grapple with the uncertainty and impact of the pandemic on our lives and our futures, all of us at JAMinc trust you and yours are healthy and optimistic, and are finding ways to make the most of this unimaginable period. The coronavirus has turned everyone’s world upside down and we’re sorely missing our social interactions and musical gatherings. For many, livelihoods have been severely impacted, especially the artists who entertain and inspire us. As you know JAMinc is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and our missions are simple. Enhance musical education especially in primary schools. Support music and musical performers. Distribute and share musical diversity in our community. We encourage you to view and enjoy our new virtual live streaming concert series, In Your Ear…Live, presented monthly on our YouTube channel. While you are there, please subscribe to the channel!
There is no charge to view these concerts; they’re made possible by a seasoned group of volunteers and the artists are guaranteed a generous performance fee. All artists are also recording a special video appropriate for school distribution. Here’s an example »
Even with virtual “tip jar” donations, we fall significantly short of breaking even on these events so we humbly ask that you consider a donation, as you are able, in order to continue to support these artists and our mission. 100% of your donation goes to the artists and production costs.
Ways to donate:
If you’d like more information on your donation choices please call or email your questions (firstname.lastname@example.org) We’re grateful for your loyal support and eagerly await the time we can gather in Studio A once more. Here’s to a meaningful and hopeful holiday season.
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Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran and an award-winning songwriter, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.”
Joined on drums by Austin McCall (Kaira Ba, Violet Bell), and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on Strat, mandolin and crosscut saw, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.
To get to know him a little better, read more about Jonathan Byrd »
Due to unforeseen legal roadblocks, our eagerly-anticipated Page’s Kitchen retrospective spotlighting live performances from Page Wilson’s Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue on VPM Music, set to debut on October 17th, has been put on the back burner for the time being, so in its place, JAMinc is grateful for the opportunity to re-air some of the best of our 16-year archive In Your Ear radio shows.
Our first edition, scheduled for high noon on Saturday, October 17th, will feature beloved RVA singer/songwriters Steve Bassett and the late Robbin Thompson with highlights of three back-to-back sold out nights in Studio A from March of 2012. This program goes a long way in reminding us why these two Richmond musicians have made such an indelible impact on our city’s musical landscape.
Tune in at 93.1 or 107.3 FM or stream online at https://vpm.org/listen/stream?channel=music
Also watch their School Outreach video »
The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a creative, non-traditional way to arrive at a whole new musical place. The arrangements take on a new level of maturity that follows in the footsteps of Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Tony Rice.
Hank, Pattie & The Current want to pick up where seminal crossover groups like Punch Brothers and Strength In Numbers call home. The music is vocal and instrumental, allowing the band to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. The Current includes Billie Feather on guitar and Stevie Martinez on bass.
Read more about Hank, Pattie & The Current »
We are excited to announce that JAMinc’s monthly In Your Ear concert series, on hold since March due to the pandemic, will resume on Thursday, September 24th in a live stream format. The first artist will be jazz cellist/vocalist Shana Tucker and her pianist, who had been scheduled to perform in March. Read more »
We’ll also be announcing soon a very special radio program to air this fall on VPM Music featuring the rich archive of “Kitchen” recordings from Page Wilson’s Out O’ The Blue Radio Revue. Tentative start date is Saturday, October 17th so put it on your calendars and stay tuned.
All of us at JAMinc sincerely hope you and your kin and kindred are remaining healthy and hopeful as we eagerly await the time when we can all gather again in closer proximity to share the music we love in person.