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Pickers, singers, good gigs & good juju. - January 19, 2018

We're gearing up for new shows in 2018 w/ an uber cool & talented line up of pickers & singers who'll be joining the Seven Westers.  Check it out:

Flat picking & singing comes as naturally to John Bestwick as the breeze on the Blueridge or the tools in his hands in his wood shop.  When John isn't building Jumbo Bottom Barrel Works' coveted wine barrel furniture (or playing w/ his 3 kids or gigging w/ Sam Kroiz & Kurt Schwartz & Short Hill Mountain Boys or another project) he holds down the rhythm & duo singing w/ Janet Emma, always lending a new harmony twist or idea as Janet Emma, John & Joe work out the evolution of the sound & the band.  Soulful dude, John Bestwick.  Joe Hammett (we like accomplished carpenters in this band) also prone to killer three part harmony & keen arrangements, sheds with Janet Emma to flesh out & revamp original songs to give them a bit of a fresh twist for this new project.  Joe holds the bar high - for himself & the band, & all benefit from his drive.  He brings HEART.  Rare.  Essential.  Appreciated.  Expect newly written songs to emerge from this collaboration, as well.  Can't help but write when you've got fellas this great to hang & pick & sing with.  "Mando Joe" wields a hollow body Gretsch acquired for this project as we lean this thing a little towards our beloved Gypsy jazz while staying true to bluegrass, old time & country roots, but you'll hear his mandolin sing on some of the grassier tunes, as well.  No shortage of chops or heart with these fellas.

Buddy Wolfe joins the band for two killer October shows!  If you know bluegrass, you probably know Buddy Wolfe!  We can't wait!  Janet Emma met Buddy back when she ran The Americana State and Buddy came to play w/ McGraw Gap in Leesburg.  What a blast ~  then & now!

Ben Walters, pal of Janet Emma's since he was in High School & she was a school bus driver, brings his stellar & authentic fiddle chops to the mix.  Dave Hurt of Dry Mill Road is a joy to hear & work with on the big bass fiddle.  We expect to be seeing more of Dave & a bit of Randy Ball as the project evolves.  Great bass players are hard to come by & always busy, so we'll keep these two amazing players around just in case one needs a day off.  ;)

The cherry on top of this ice cream sundae is Janet Emma's dear friend & monster rhythm man Michael Andre Aubin of the Deanna Bogart Band.  Mikey's dynamic, orchestral, out of the box style of drumming stretches the limits and allows us to reach across musical lines & straddle the bluegrass, country & gypsy jazz lines.  We are a lucky bunch to have Mikey as part of this little 'family'.

Zac Townsend brings a killer skill set to the band.  Zac will be drummin' October 2018 shows along w/ John, Joe, Dave, Buddy & Janet Emma!  Can't wait!

Come see why!  Come see how happy & lucky Janet Emma feels to be able to work with folks like this.  You'll likely hear a few special guests & surpises along the way - cuz we're lucky like that.  

Can't wait.  Holler if there is a venue you'd like to see us play.  We'll reach out & hopefully see you there!

The band name may change, but we'll let you know.  If you have an opinion about that, by all means, let us know.  We have some things up our sleeves, but we'd love to know what you think.  Please join the email list, and sign the Guest List!  We're grateful to have someone to play & sing for!  Cheers!

What a line up! - July 11, 2016

Kevin Dudley, Gantt Mann Kushner, Michael Andre Aubin & Patrick Thornton?  Are you kidding me?  You'd better hold on.  gonna be a shindig!

FAVA POT Food Truck brings kabobs & vegetarian delights!  Cash bar opens 6:30!

Come see & tell us whatcha think of the new line up, new songs, new juju.  We're excited to be back to it.  We've missed you.

Hey, real life happens.  Sometimes we have to tend to it, or to family...but music is always here..waiting to be sung & played & enjoyed.  Can't wait to share it with YOU.

Tix here!

Janet Emma & The Boys in the Seven West Bunkhouse

Boy Oh Boy!! - April 27, 2013

Walt Wilkins & the Mighty Mystiqueros are back in the Blue Ridge foothills and sharing the stage w/ Janet Emma & Seven West featuring David Kitchen, Angus Mackay, Robbie Magruder, Ariel Francis & Colin Thompson.  Janet Emma & the fellas are joined harmony angels Jill Barnes & Susan Gaeta too bring you a soulful, heart expanding, bootie shakin' good time!  May 31st, ya'll.  Barns of Rose Hill in the lovely Berryville, VA.  We can't wait.  Getcher tickets while you still can.

New line up for Janet Emma & Seven West Debuts July 3rd in Waterford! - May 24, 2011

Welcome Bill Williams (Last Train Home, Jelly Roll Mortals, Kevin Johnson & the Lineman), David Kitchen (David Kitchen, Thrillbillies), Angus McKay (Atomic Swing Club), and Daniel Schwartz (Grandsons, Sir Alan & the Ponzi Schemers, One Horse Town) to the Seven West stage!

Don't miss the debut performance of the new and incredible line up of this Wammie nominated group on Sunday, July 3rd at 6 pm in the Village of Waterford for the bestest Independence Celebration around.  Bring an ample dish to share and expect to dig in to all kinds of delicious homemade entrees and desserts!  Coolers, blankets, chairs welcome.  Hay bales and GOOD TIMES provided!


VOTE for STAINED GLASS HEART on the Alternate Roots' national song contest! - July 17, 2010

Folks, the third track on Ghostfields, titled Stained Glass Heart, co-written w/ long time friend Ellis Paul, is part of a song contest, and I'd LOVE your vote!

Votes are pouring in, so I need yours NOW!  I thank you from the bottom of my stained glass heart!  ;)


La la la...

janet   :)

The Americana Stage comes back to LIFE! - June 3, 2010

If you were ever lucky enough to attend a show at the 100 seat venue in Old Town Leesburg, Virginia in the late 90's, then you already know what the heart of this thing is about.  The Americana Stage no longer occupies a fixed address, but that isn't stopping us from bringing you some of the finest regional and national talent on the scene.  Why drive to the Birchmere, the State Theatre or Iota every single time you want to catch a great show?  We LOVE those venues, but we also know it's tough to get into town for those of us out here in the sticks.

The Americana Stage presents "Saturday Night's Live", a new series of live roots and original concerts by artists you'd expect to pay bigger bucks, and drive much farther, to see and hear!  And we're doing it in the comfortable, casual environment of our hometown "roadhouse", The Beautiful South!

See for schedule and details!

THREE Wammie Nominations! - December 20, 2009

There is no greater honor than to have a few of the folks who DO what we strive to do recognize a project or accomplishment. It is at once humbling and validating, and more importantly for me, a kick in the pants to keep working! We are grateful, honored, and humbled to have been nominated for Washington Area Music Association Awards (Wammies) in three categories for the project Ghostfields:

Country Recording of the Year
Country Female Vocalist
Debut Recording of the Year

Songs from Ghostfields are all available to hear right HERE on the website!

If you should feel so inclined, we who put our hearts into this labor of love would be honored to have your vote! Deadline for voting is January 7th, 2010. If you are already a WAMA Member, then you KNOW how much your membership means to the DC area music community! If not, you may join for just $35. Your membership goes to aide musicians from all walks of life towards education and opportunity.

Thanks to each member who felt Ghostfields worthy of this recognition. We are humbled to be recognized amongst such tremendous talent and accomplishment. Walt and Tina Wilkins, The Mystiqueros, Ron Flynt, Oasis, Ellis Paul, Danny Knicely, Jon Carroll, Austin Cunningham, Michael Lille, Mo Roderick, and Liz Weaver all deserve the credit for believing and walking with me. God Bless you all. Coudn't have done it without every one of you.

Habitat for Humanity Video! - November 25, 2009

Janet Emma is delighted to have been invited to sing on a rendition, by special permission from the man himself, of Pete Seeger's "If I Had a Hammer" produced by Jon Carroll for the new video to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Jon and Mary Ann Redmond are joined vocally by Janet Emma Garbe, Desi and Ken Farren, Gloria and Jimmy Gaudreau, and Stuart Martin for this rich and compelling performance to compliment The Lincoln Studio's video project.

Watch and listen at

Then grab a hammer and jump in!

Don't forget to nominate your favs for the Wammies! - July 28, 2009

A promoter in New Zealand has arranged to purchase 100 copies of Ghostfields, and will promote to at least 15 Americana radio shows in NZ in the coming months! How exciting! We will follow up with a mailing to Americana radio in November, and we'll let you know where and when you can start asking for songs from Ghostfields!

Here's a blurb about Ghostfields...

"A hauntingly beautiful, hip and rockin' collection of 8 originals, 3 penned by friends Walt Wilkins and Kevin Welch, and a rousing rendition of Gram Parson's "Luxury Liner", GHOSTFIELDS, promises to deliver a dose of soulful songwriting, country rock, blues and bluegrass undertones, all masterfully layed down by Austin musicians (the band on this record) The Mystiqueros and some VERY FINE guests. Ellis Paul, Jon Carroll, Michael Lille, Austin Cunningham, Tina Mitchell Wilkins, Corby Schaub, Ron Flynt, and Walt Wilkins are a few of the reasons you don't want to let this one get by without a serious listen. All the gorgeous promotional photos for the project were shot by the gifted and inspired Manon "Mo" Roderick! Liz Weaver of Paprika Creative designed and created the CD cover. Wow. Amazing. You can find them both on our "Friends" page!"

You can pick up a copy NOW at and by all means, please leave a REVIEW of your very own!
Look for news of how you can request songs from GHOSTFIELDS soon!

Big thanks to all of YOU from Janet Emma & Seven West!!

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