Ashley Lodge Photography.

2015 August 29


With a new CD release eminent, and with the loss of all my hair in a hotel bathroom in Ohio (yes, the tour really was THAT hot), new pictures of the Peas seemed like a no-brainer.  In stepped Ashley Lodge of Ashley Lodge Photography (Morristown, TN).  She had taken pictures of friends that we loved (the pics & the friends), and we thought we’d give it a try.  The results are in... (continues below)

The Pea PIckin' Hearts as photographed by Ashley Lodge Photography in Morristown, TN!

Not only did Ashley make the process comfortable for us, she chose a fantastic location–The Meeting Place Country Store Museum & Ice Cream Shoppe (Morristown, TN).  The folks at The Meeting Place stayed late, gave us un-restricted access and provided the sort of authentic background that even the best set designer would be hard pressed to recreate.  We always love the feel of black & white for our promotional pics because it gives us the opportunity to place the emphasis on the logos of the places we play and the dates & times that get people out to shows.  We even chose another black & white version of one of Ashley’s images for our new header for our website & social media pages (above). But, take a look at this color… (continues below)

The Pea Pickin' Hearts at The Meeting Place Country Store Museum & Ice Cream Shoppe!

We are thankful to have been able to work with such wonderful folks, and we have such a soft spot for Morristown and the kindness of everyone we’ve had the pleasure in this little pearl of a town. We will be there again soon to entertain folks at the Farm to Table dinner at the new completed Morristown Farmers Market on September 13th.  We hope to see you there…

Stay tuned for add’l pics from
the shoot with
Ashley Lodge Photography!

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Wine-ing once again.

2015 August 27

Hear the Pea Pickin' Hearts at Rumour Has It - A Wine Bar in Rutherfordton, NC!

Serving local & int’l wine, by the glass or by the bottle, Rumour Has It – a Wine Bar will make you will feel right at home. We simply love the bistro food and now there is both indoor AND outdoor seating.  We’ll be singing for our supper (and a our wine) on Friday, August 28th starting at 7 pm…

Come have a glass of vino with a side of Peas!


A Grand Auditorium.

2015 August 25

what a genuinely SWEET SURPRISE

Jon receives a lot of comments about his EJ-200, Epiphone’s jumbo auditorium-style guitar.  It is huge, both literally & figuratively.  It is physically an arm full, but it also has a huge acoustic sound that we think compliments our style as a duo.  Imagine our surprise when songwriter Greg “Jerzee” Daust shows up to our house to teach us one of his songs… carrying the same model. (continues below)

Jon with Greg Daust--both play an EJ-200!

I couldn’t resist documenting the pair of them, ha.  By the way, we are super excited to try out Greg’s tune “I Don’t Want You to Love Me” while we are on the road in September.  If you want to hear it…

Check out our schedule on the road!




Last notes.

2015 August 24

We get by with a little help from our friends…

The last notes to be recorded for the title track of our Last Words CD were from cellist, Deborah Cain.  We are so grateful for her efforts to make our project the best it can be and for Dave Maggard, our producer, at Sound Biscuit Productions for putting us all together! (continues below)

A big thank you to cellist, Deborah Cain, from the Pea Pickin' Hearts!

Stay tuned for details on our September 15th release!

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Papa Joe Smiddy.

2015 August 23

Emma Horton, Age 9, c1931Duffield, Virginia
here we come…

I have often told the story that my Big-Stone-Gap-reared grandmother Emma (pictured left)  believed that only the very best of people came from Virginia.  As an homage to Grandma Emma (& penance for having married someone from Wisconsin), I keep an eye out for ways to give back to the great State of Virginia.

This year we were given the opportunity to perform at one of our favorite vacation spots, Natural Tunnel State Park.  We played a Tunnel Lighting in June, and we’ll be playing another one near Thanksgiving.  Plus, we are so proud to have been one of only five Featured Performers for Pickin’ in the Park series at the Amphitheater this Summer.  So, you can just imagine our delight when we received the Call that of the five Featured Performers…

…the Pea Pickin’ Hearts were chosen
to perform as the opener at the
Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival
over the long Labor Day Weekend!

“The Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival is a celebration of Appalachian music. Old Time & Bluegrass music have a long history in the mountains of Appalachia, and the Cove Ridge Foundation wants to preserve these traditions as well as instill a passion for them in our youth. The Festival is named for University of Virginia at Wise Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Joseph C. “Papa Joe” Smiddy, a well-known educator, entertainer, and old time musician. The Cove Ridge Foundation has also established a scholarship in honor of “Papa Joe” as part of their efforts to educate younger generations on Appalachian musical heritage.” — from

Hear the Pea Pickin' Hearts at the Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival!2015 LINEUP includes:

(click for videos)

5pm — Pea Pickin’ Hearts

5:35 — ETSU Old Time Pride Band

6:20 — UVA at Wise Bluegrass Band

7:00 — Intermission

7:15 — Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek

8:00 — ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band

Tickets are $10 in advance & $15 the day of the Festival.  Tickets can be purchased at Addington Oil in Weber City, Natural Tunnel State Park, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, the UVA at Wise bookstore or by calling the Natural Tunnel State Park office at 276-940-2674.

Stay tuned for more information!



Listen Online.

2015 August 15

Stay Tuned for the

The Pea Pickin’ Hearts are proud to have been the guests for the Season 4 finale show of the Tokyo Rosenthal Radio Program recorded live to disc at the Pittsboro Roadhouse in beautiful downtown Pittsboro, NC, along with GrayMatter.  If you were unable to be in the live audience, here is a chance for you to listen online. (links below picture)

Listen to the Pea Pickin' Hearts & GrayMatter on the Toyko Rosenthal Radio Program!


You can hear us on the Tokyo Rosenthal Program:

7pm EST Saturday (8/15) on WCHL

8pm EST Saturday (8/15) on Wildman Steve Radio

11pm EST Saturday (8/15) on CMR Nashville

8pm EST Sunday (8/15) on WCHL

We would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment on this post,
our Facebook wall or email us.



Get your MoJo back.

2015 August 14

Hear the Pea Pickin' Hearts at Mojo's Grill & Pub in Cornelius, NC on Saturday, August 15th!

Mojo’s Grill & Pub boasts chef-inspired pub food, good times & menu pricing that allows you to get your mojo back! Family friendly environment. After 8 pm, MoJo’s converts to a Pub with food until 2 am on weekends! Come check out the Pea Pickin’ Hearts starting at 9pm!

Come see us Saturday, August 15th!



Raise a glass.

2015 August 13

Hear the Pea Pickin' hearts at Talon Winery in Shelbyville, Kentucky on Friday, August 14th starting at 6pm!

Enjoy sipping on some Talon Wine the covered back porch of the tasting room that overlooks a five-acre limestone quarry lake in Shelbyville, Kentucky.  An amazing view plus enjoy free live music from the Pea Pickin’ Hearts on Friday, August 14th from 6 to 9pm!




Wild on Earth…

2015 August 12

Come hear the Pea Pickin' Hearts at Wild Earth Pub in Elizabethtown, Kentucky  on Thursday, August 13th!

Come on out to Wild Earth Gallery & Pub in Elizabethtown, KY right after Tavern in the Garden is over.  Wild Earth features the art of local and regional artists, and on Thursday, August 13th you can hear the retro-styled Americana sounds of the Pea Pickin’ Hearts on starting at 9pm!

See you there!



Holly Jolly Wednesday.

2015 August 11


Hear the Pea Pickin' Hearts at Santa's Claus-et in Gatlinburg, TN!

At Santa’s Claus-et, it is Christmas 365 days a year. Gatlinburg’s largest Christmas store offers everything you need to keep the holiday spirit alive all year long. And there are NEW rooms opening. Plus, the Pea Pickin’ Hearts will be pickin’ a few tunes (all acoustic) on the front porch starting around 11am…

Come see us Wednesday, August 5th!