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Janet Emma & Seven West: Foreword

Janet Emma - Singer/Songwriter

2018. Evolve.

At age 38, after many years presenting other country tinged folk, blues & 'americana' artists - at festivals, private events & as proprietor/booking agent/front of house manager of The Americana Stage on King St in Leesburg, VA for 3 years - Janet Emma founded the alt-country group One Horse Town that garnered the 2006 Washington Area Music Award for New Artist of the Year boasting 8 songs written or co-written by Janet Emma, produced by the inimitable Jon Carroll of Mary Chapin Carpenter & Starland Vocal Band fame. 

In 2009, Janet reached a little farther southwest to record w/ mentor & songwriting mentor Walt Wilkins supported in the studio by Walt's wife Tina & Walt's 'tribe' made up mostly of the Texas beloved band The Mystiqueros.  Janet Emma's 2009 release, Ghostfields, engineered at Jumping Dog Studies in Cedar Park, TX by Ron Flynt, went on to earn 3 Washington Area Music Association nominations for Best Female Country Artist, Best Debut Recording, And Best Country Album in 2009.  Given the project was made almost exclusively in Texas w/ Texans, just being nominated was a high honor. 

Janet built a new group based on this project dubbed Janet Emma & Seven West.  The full band, in it's current evolution, will debut a new line up February 16th at Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, VA featuring guitarists & singers John Bestwick & Joe Hammett of The Short Hill Mountain Boys, upright bassist David Hurt of Dry Mill Road Band,  rhythm monster Michael Andre Aubin of Deanna Bogart Band, fiddler Ben Walters of several bluegrass outfits in & around the Blue Ridge for a double header with The Randy Thompson Band.  Visit for dates/info.

The journey through music & friends & soulful collaborations continues!  New songs are being written, new shows booked & new collaborations coming to the Seven West stage!  David Kitchen continues to wield his rippin', unmatched telecaster magic, Mike Aubin joins Jem & 7West on drums, Patrick "The Hammer" Thornton will be throwing down on bass, & Kevin Dudley will be slinging acoustic & bringing his Texas tinged (& oh so welcome) vocals to the mix.  WHAT a treat.  Angel singer Jill Hales Barnes will fly in from AZ whenever possible, but most especially for The Old Waterford Schoolhouse show September 9th!  We'll be surprising you with a few speical guest sit ins on banjo, mando, tele & who knows WHAT!  New songs, old songs, new harmonies & arrangements.  We have missed you.  Can't WAIT to share summer nights of music with YOU!


Spread the word.  We're so looking forward to seeing you!


Great music, great friends, good juju.  Good times.  Here we come!


Love, Jem & the 7 West Tribe

Janet Emma

Janet Emma & Seven West - Hella Band o' Musicians

Things often start out small, and then grow into bigger Sunflowers.  :).  Janet Emma's music project is no exception.

Produced by Austin's revered Walt Wilkins at Jumping Dog Studios in Cedar Park, TX, Janet Emma's 2009 release Ghostfields drew 3 WAMA nominations in spite of having been made in Texas with a helluva list of musicians hailing from the Lone Star State.  We thought that was very generous of WAMA DC, so thanks WAMA!!

Some of DC's finest heard the call, and have joined to become Janet Emma & Seven West, delivering a rollicking, swinging dose of original and hand picked dance tunes.  Angus Mackay keeps it rolling on upright bass, while David Kitchen & Colin Thompson nail down the rippin-est of guitar slinging virtuosity.  The inimitable Robbie Magruder keep time like a human metronome.  Ariel Francis recently joined in to round out this fantastic dance hall style Virginia based band.  And they are having a helluva good time doing it.  Special guests Jill Barnes & Susan Gaeta weave angelic harmonies - and.make the stage look a lot prettier in the process.  Jesse Shultzaberger, artful beat keeper for The Woodshedders and Deep Swell,  joins from time to time.  Lucky us.  :)

Ghostfields - Produced by Walt Wilkins, Jumping Dog Studios, Austin, TX

I don’t always know, with great certainty, what is best for me. And I rarely know what’s best for anybody else. I’ve spent the past couple of years washing colors that were untrue from the "painting"....the work in progress…that is ME. Some of the stains were washed out against my will. I got used to them, was afraid how dull I’d be without them…perhaps I feared they defined me. I’ve been blessed to be loved by artists who have brought new color and taught me how to use it, to blend it, to apply it. The dark splotch that has marred my painting is shrinking. I’ve got mentors.. artists.. who, even when I didn’t want to paint anymore, came and shined light on my painting and pointed out what was good, and encouraged me to keep on. I can hear….see…feel God through them when I am in the dark. By the time you hear these songs, I probably won’t be living in them anymore. I will have moved on, because I wrote them down and let them go. I want to be a painting that tells a story when I grow up….a human story… hopefully a story that ends peacefully and leaves this world a little better than I found it. There is a believer in me somewhere. No matter what happens, that believer gets up every day, goes to bed at night and dreams, and wakes up and follows that dream again. I’m lucky like that. I hope you are lucky, too. Thanks for listening. Hug your kids...or somebody elses kids. Make Peace. Coexist. Recycle. Slow down. Play outside. Breathe. Give Thanks.

David Kichen - Telecaster Monster Man

If you have not caught the The David Kitchen Band and/or the Thrillbilly's show, you're missin' out.  Stop missin' out and go see.

Angus Mackay - Big Upright Bass Fiddle Slinger

Go catch Angus w/ his swinging groups Hang Over Royale & The Atomic Swing Club.  We are damn happy to have Angus rockin' the big upright bass fiddle w/ us.  He's on FB, ya'll.  Stop by and see where he's playing.

Robbie Magruder - Human Metronome

Robbie doesn't talk much, especially about himself, so you'll be loathe to find him on FB, etc.  Soooo... just come shake his hand and tell him yourself how rockin' he is on his drums.  We LOVE Robbie Magruder!

Ariel Francis - Mad Rhythm Guitar

Go see Ariel Francis on FB, or better yet, playing bass in the David Kitchen Band and then some.  We're pretty excited he's slingin' with us.

Colin Thompson - Bad Ass Guitar Boy

He's the real deal at 21 years old.  Look out Derek Trucks.