SONG­WRIT­ERS READY TO TURN BIG PINK RED

Daily Press (Sunday) - - Good Life - By Mike Holtz­claw Staff writer

Wild Vir­ginia Ginger all set for one-off gig

From the in­stant Michelle Beall heard Kate St­edel­bauer sing, she was thun­der­struck.

It was two years ago at Vic­to­rian Sta­tion tea house and bistro in Hamp­ton, and Bell was im­me­di­ately im­pressed with the song­writ­ing ta­lent of a young woman just out of her teens. From the start, she had the idea they had to play to­gether.

“First time I heard them, I knew I would so much love to see her songs and my songs next to each other,” Beall said, the en­thu­si­asm still ob­vi­ous in her voice. “I wanted to demon­strate the di­chotomy be­tween her song­writ­ing — an ex­tremely tal­ented young girl — with my songs at age 54. My songs speak to what I did to my life, blow­ing it apart and mak­ing some bad choices. Kate’s songs were about be­ing 19 and 20, hop­ing to find the love of her life — lovely, beau­ti­ful, youth­ful songs.

“It’s the truth of what life is — grow­ing older, hav­ing all these ex­pe­ri­ences you can­not es­cape, the scares and bat­tles of adult­hood if you’re go­ing to be an artist and live your life.”

The idea that first struck her two years ago will come to fruition Wed­nes­day night at the same place where Beall first heard St­edel­bauer sing — at the venue in Phoe­bus col­lo­qui­ally known as Big Pink, be­cause of the venue’s color.

They will be joined by 26-year-old Me­gan

JU­DITH LOW­ERY/STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

From left, Me­gan Buh­mann, Michelle Beall and Kate St­edel­bauer will per­form on Wed­nes­day as Wild Vir­ginia Ginger.

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