Stacie Huckeba

My website got a facelift!

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Hello and welcome to my website 2.0. I'm so excited to share the news that I've been working with Blue Rose Music. Later this summer we will be releasing my song 'Stetson' along with a video that we recently made that I've honestly been working on the past 2 years.  It's hard to believe it but 2 years ago during this exact time I was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer. I was just about to release "What She's Got to Give" and I was forced to put all my plans on hold until further notice. It really shook me to hear that news and to realize my life was being threatened by a disease. But to my great surprise, my family, friends, and musical community far and wide came together to support me in every way known possible and I learned so much about what it means to receive healing. Throughout my journey, I documented the process of going through breast cancer with my friend Stacie Huckeba. I didn't know what we were doing besides 'taking pictures of my boobs before they were gone' but we were actually accomplishing so much more. Stacie compassionately photographed me during some of the most vulnerable moments of my life and put everything in 'the vault' as she called it. "When you are ready, we can see what we have." During this period of time I also composed a song, right as I was losing my hair during chemotherapy. It's one thing to have a mastectomy. It's a concealed wound. No one had to 'know' unless they already knew what I was going through. But to go through chemotherapy as a young woman and lose all my hair (and I had quite a mane) was more traumatizing to me than I had expected. So one day when I was sitting on the couch I scribbled down a few phrases that came to me and as I picked up a guitar to find a melody around it, the song seemed to play itself. 

You see, I had all of my different looks sitting on my table. I had a bunch of styrofoam heads and I dressed them up with a variety of wigs and hats and scarves. I actually had fun doing this, as I've usually been fairly streamlined in my fashion, I wasn't the type to 'glam up' usually. But now I had a reason to play around a little. Mostly I wanted to find ways to look like myself, because I was still performing a little bit locally despite being pretty drained from the chemo. But playing and having a reason to get out was actually healing for me at the time. I had the thought that if I had the 'perfect Stetson' I would be able to remain in my body. It kind of felt like a little joke I was telling myself to help get through some tough times. And when I played the song for the first time, I think I laughed a little bit before I cried. And I've always thought if a song can make you laugh and cry within those 3-5 minutes, the songwriter has done a good job. 

I had met Joe from Blue Rose Music the week before I had written that song. When he said, 'What would you like to do?' without hesitation I said 'Let's record Stetson.' So here we are. 

Stay tuned for our release of the video and song. Meanwhile I will be going out to California this weekend to participate in the Blue Rose Ball with some other artists who are also working with Blue Rose, including Jason Crosby, The Mother Hips, Jackie Greene, Elliott Peck, and Laura Reed. 

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Columbus Benefit Concert is Next Monday July 25, 1 of 2

 photo by Michael Weintrob

I continue to be moved by my friends and family who are supporting me through my cancer journey this summer. The show in Nashville last week was totally incredible. I watched it from my living room on concert window. My friends Rod Picott, Stacie Huckeba, Amy Speace, The Wild Ponies (Doug & Telisha Wiliams) Aaron Lee Tasjan, Allen Thompson, Tim Easton, and Steve Poltz all played songs and raised over $1500 for me. It is so helpful because my medical bills are kind of ridiculous. 

It will continue this coming Monday in Columbus at Dick's Den. My bestie Jen Miller is hosting an event at Dick's Den, and I understand that various local musicians will be covering some of my songs. I won't be able to be there (still restricted to my house basically) but I will be there in spirit and hopefully via computer! the link to the show is : https://www.facebook.com/events/605043843009178/

Meanwhile I'm home and chilling out for the summer, focusing on healing from my surgery. It's a huge change for me but I'm taking the opportunity to integrate so many things I've done and learned as well as watch netflix and improve my cribbage and scrabble skills! 

Concert Window July 13!

Hello! I am so happy to be able to report to you that I made it through surgery with flying colors. I was in the hospital for just one night and now I am back at home recovering. I have had so much help and support -- it's been amazing. I still have some challenges ahead of me but I am feeling really positive overall. 

Tomorrow my friends in Nashville will be throwing a show for me at the 5 Spot. I won't be able to be there.(I still have some accoutrements that are not bar friendly) But I WILL be tuning into the show via concert window, and so can you! Here's the link https://www.concertwindow.com/9751-rod-picott  Rod Picott, who I admire very much as a songwriter, has dedicated this evening to helping me out. Amy Speace, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Allen Thompson, Tim Easton, and the Wild Ponies will all be playing. Also my Dad will be there, and he's funnier than Steve Martin and Rodney Dangerfield combined... My Mom is going to stay home with me and watch the show (she didn't want me to be by myself)  Stacie Huckeba will also be there to assist these performers in ways that haven't been revealed to me yet. All in all, it's going to be very entertaining. It begins at 6PM Central time. 

Again thanks to all of you who have been on this whirlwind journey of 2016 with me... It feels like we are coming into the port with victory flags flying. xoxo Megan

 Photo by Michael Weintrob