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 an occasional gig, Jillian nagged enough for Pat to cave in and put a band together. Coincidentally, this happened shortly after Dave arrived on the scene and Pat realized how much fun he was to pick with. CCE spends their band time together picking at Pat's house, mostly because Rosemary is an awsome hostess and feeds them well.

The trio has been picking up steam with a steady number of festival bookings and return engagements. The release of their first CD titled Welcome To Coal County has been met with good reviews, community access radio airplay, and brisk sales.

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Pat McGeehan is located in 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. He has played in many configurations, but mainly as a solo performer. Pat and his wife Rosemary have a teenage son, Shane (guitar, drums, bass, piano), who performs in a duet with his girlfriend as Shane & Livi. Check them out!
Dave Dave Lucas is located in West Lawn (a suburb of Reading), PA, and also began playing guitar as a youngster. Dave has worked in country, rock, and bluegrass bands, and has also played as a solo performer for many years. Dave also plays dobro and upright bass, and fools with the banjo when nobody is listening.
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Jillian Lucas also lives in West Lawn, PA and started singing as a child. Her microphones were sponsored by Goodie Hairbrushes, and she covered Bonnie Raitt tunes with her sisters. She learned to play the bass in 1996 when her band at the time couldn't find a bass player. As Coal County Express is only her second band, she's the musical newbie of the trio. Jillian has two children: Chelsea (guitar) and Mason (drums, bass, beginner mandolin).

2014 Bookings:

  • April
    private event
    Tremont Fire Company - Tremont, PA
  • May
    private event
    New Columbus Fire Company - Nesquehoning, PA
  • May
    private event
    West Penn, PA
  • June
    Father′s Day Festival with Free Range Folk and Shane & Livi
    Blue Mountain Ski Area - Palmerton, PA
  • June
    private event
    Coaldale, PA
  • June
    Summit Hill Hootenanny
    Ludlow Park - Summit, PA
  • July
    deck party
    Penn′s Peak (2 - 5) - Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Aug
    AFBA Bluegrass Festival (4 day event)
    Mountain View Park - Wind Gap, PA
  • Aug
    Hickory Fest Bluegrass Festival (3 day event)
    Stony Fork Creek Campground - Wellsboro, PA
  • Aug
    Tamaqua Chamber of Commerce Summer Concert Series
    Railroad Station (6 - 8) - Tamaqua, PA
  • Sept
    Heritage Festival
    Mauch Chunk Lake - Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Oct
    Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage
    Mauch Chunk Opera House front steps (2 - 5) - Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Nov
    Harvest Jam
    Mauch Chunk Opera House - Jim Thorpe, PA
  • Dec
    AFBA Shindig
    Beethoven Waldheim Club - Hellertown, 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 CCE jamming Pat Jillian Dave 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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