Coal County Express is a trio based in northeastern Pennsylvania′s Carbon County. The band consists of Pat McGeehan (banjo and guitar), Dave Lucas (guitar and dobro), and Jillian Lucas (upright bass). CCE mixes traditional bluegrass with grassed-up versions of folk, country, and classic rock, with all three members providing lead and harmony vocals.

After years of playing on Pat and Rosemary's porch, at festival jams, and the occasional gig, Jillian tried to convince Pat to cave in and put a band together. That didn't work until Dave came along and twisted his arm (it's healed up now, and seems to have improved his banjo playing!). CCE spends their band time together picking at Pat's house, mostly because his wife Rosemary is an awesome hostess and pretty much a goddess in the kitchen.

Over the last few years, CCE has performed a steady number of festivals, concerts, private events, and fund raisers. Some recent engagements include opening for Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Claire Lynch. Some festivals played by the band include Musikfest, Hickory Fest, Out Among The Stars Bluegrass Festival, AFBA Bluegrass Festival, NEPA Bluegrass Festival, Pocono Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Lehigh Valley Bluegrass Festival, Carbon County Bluegrass & Anthracite Heritage Festival, the Summit Hill Hootenanny, and the Harvest Jam. Coal County has also played at fund raisers for local bluegrass organizations and the Cancer Telethon at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA.

The release of their first CD, titled Welcome To Coal County, has been met with good reviews, community access radio airplay, and healthy sales.

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Pat comes from Summit Hill, PA, and began playing musical instruments when he was just a boy. As one of 8 children in a musical family, he took up the banjo first and later also learned to play guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and bass. Pat has played in many configurations, but mainly as a solo performer. Pat and Rosemary have a very talented son, Shane, who plays guitar, drums, bass, and piano.
Dave Located in Reading, PA, Dave also began playing guitar as a youngster. He has worked in country, rock, and bluegrass bands, and also played as a solo performer for many years. Over time, Dave has added dobro and upright bass to his repertoire, and fools with the banjo and mandolin when nobody is listening.
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Jillian also lives in Reading, PA, and started her musical career singing Bonnie Raitt tunes with her sisters into a hairbrush. She learned to play the bass in 1996 when her band at the time couldn't find a bass player. Jillian has two children, Chelsea (guitar) and Mason (drums, bass, mandolin).

2016 Bookings:

  • Jun
    Pocono Mountains Bluegrass Festival
    Greene-Dreher-Sterling Fairgrounds (Friday & Saturday shows) - Newfoundland, PA
  • Jun
    Summit Hill Hootenanny
    Ludlow Park - Summit Hill, PA
  • Jul
    private event
    Lehighton, PA
  • Jul
    Coal Miner′s Festival
    #9 Mine (1:00 - 4:00) - Lansford, PA
  • Jul
    Deck Party
    Penn′s Peak (6:30 - 9:30) - Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Jul
    opening for Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
    Penn′s Peak (8:00) - Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Aug
    AFBA Bluegrass Festival
    Mountain View Park - Wind Gap, PA
  • Aug
    Blue Valley Farm Show
    707 American Bangor Road (2:00 - 5:00) - Bangor, PA
  • Sept
    opening for Claire Lynch
    Mauch Chunk Opera House - Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Sept
    Heritage Festival
    Mauch Chunk Lake Park - Jim Thorpe, PA

leaning on a big ol′ chunk of coal at Penn′s Peak the trio at Hickory Fest in Wellsboro, PA at the AFBA Bluegrass Festival in Wind Gap, PA at the Out Among The Stars festival in Benton, PA at Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA at Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, PA Pat Jillian Dave CCE with Rhonda Vincent warming up an audience for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at Penn′s Peak CCE picking with NGDB Dave and John McEuen camping at Wind Gap holiday memories from Dave and Pat

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