This is about to go live. Tomorrow morning. wowsers. I'm hanging on tight.
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This is about to go live. Tomorrow morning. wowsers. I'm hanging on tight.
You can watch the video here:
Click Here: to PLEDGE
In the next 24-48 hours I'm launching a fundraising campaign via PLEDGE MUSIC that I am going to be asking for friends to help me with. It's a little nerve-wracking to do it, but I really want my record to come out this year, and I need a lil help from my amigos. I'm so proud of this album. The music is finished, I just need help getting it into your hands. I've worked hard on many levels making music and becoming the writer I want to be, and finally I have something that I feel is representative of me. So bear with me friends, I think we'll all be toasting each other soon.
I also have more exciting news. I have a booking agent. Yay! Stacy Lee at Perfect Pitch Booking and I are working together to help me get out on the road and play some shows to support my record. I am really excited to see what happens next.
Folk Alliance 2016 in Kansas City last week was the best ever. Alliances were formed in the folkiest of ways. A bunch of weirdos in a contained space getting overdosed in song. Seriously good times. I was fortunate to play some of my own showcases this year, and the highlights of them were playing with John Calvin Abney, who I absolutely adore beyond comprehension. We did some live sessions in the Sweetwater Pop Up studio and soon I'll be able to post what was going on there.
Next week Nellie Clay and I are coming up to Ohio and Michigan to do a couple shows. We'll be at the Big Room Bar in Columbus, as well as the Pump House House concert in East Lansing, and another house show in Dayton OH. Send me a message for details on the house shows if you'd like to be included.
See ya on the internet, but hopefully you can find some time for sunshine too!
We really had an awesome time closing things out on January 8th at Park St Saloon in Columbus OH. I think it won't be the last time we play together, even though we are taking some time off..
here's a video, courtesy of Tony Von Hasse...
Here are a couple of stills from the evening as well...
of the rest of your life... it was also the first day of the year when I saw the cross stitched, framed piece at my friend Yoon's house. She invited me over for New Year's Day brunch, and she made the most beautiful feast for me and my friends. It was a great way to find the 'clean slate' I was looking for to begin a new year. Nothing against last year, it was fine, but I appreciate new beginnings. A clear head, a fresh start, whatever it is. The holidays sort of merge into a blob of time you can't get back. Sure, productive things happen, but all along there's an underlying feeling of regret of what you can't get to during the season...
So begins the dedication of this year to getting my music out there again. I'm sitting on a beautiful record I made last year with Patrick Damphier at Club Roar. My intention for this year is for it to be heard and hopefully enjoyed by more people than I can personally play it for. It's made with my whole heart and soul, and the musicians playing with me embraced that in their approach as well. I am working on my campaign right now to be able to release it somehow in the coming months. So stay tuned for more information on that.
To back track just a little bit, I want to say how much I DID enjoy bringing in the new year once again with the Spikedrivers. Our first NYE was back in 2003 at Ruby Tuesday (the bar, not the restaurant) in Columbus OH. We went on to play almost every NYE since then and it's always been a special reunion. Because of the changing times, the band is going on hiatus after our show this coming Friday January 8th (at Park St Saloon). So it was a little bittersweet to do the NYE show back at Rumba. It truly felt like old times, and it was so sweet to see so many people who have been there with us along the way for so many years. In a way it was hard to imagine that we wouldn't continue to be the Spikedrivers... in a way, we always will, and there is a spirit in that band that is unmatched by any other project I'm in involved in. That's why we've done it for so long. And we will again someday. It's a super group of dynamic individuals! Jesse Henry, Stephen Fox, Nathan Anders, John Boerstler, Steve Sweney, Adam Schlenker... we'll have some good throw downs this Friday...
NELLIE CLAY, RUSSELL THOMPSON & MEGAN PALMER WILL BE PLAYING AT THE FAMILY WASH WEDS DEC 9TH AT 8 PM TILL 10 PM. THEY WILL HAVE A BAND! ADAM KURTZ (GUITAR), AARON SHAFER-HAISS (DRUMS) & JONATHAN BEEM (BASS).
These are my parents' dogs, Lily & Olivia. They just came to visit for Thanksgiving. I was surprised when they showed up... here they are afraid they will be left behind as my parents are loading the car. I don't think I've ever felt this way, because my parents never did that... I'm just grateful I have them, and that they are willing to drive 8 hours to spend a holiday with me. It's truly heartwarming, and I feel kind of lost after they leave. I'm happy to share them (and their dogs) with you if you are ever lonely or in need of some parental love. They will probably bring you things in mass quantities as well, perhaps things they have already given you, and then they may ask you where you got some of the things they gave you, because they forgot they gave them to you. They will also put together a gas grill, buy you new shoes, bake you pies, and insist on filling your house with groceries. But most of all, they listen and care more than you can imagine, and that is inspiring to me. They also like to participate in family phone time, as shown below!
Thanks for visiting, Mom and Dad. I miss you already, and you are barely out of Tennessee!
Thanks to American Songwriter for featuring the video we made in the neighborhood a couple weeks ago. Tim Easton covers "Whatcha Gonna Do" featuring the McCrary Sisters, Aaron Lee Tasjan & Megan Palmer. All proceeds benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission.
Campfire Propaganda, whose mission statement is "Don't be a pussy" is a collective of Nashville Songwriters who are dedicated to support, collaborate, motivate, and participate in each others musical endeavors. The main members are Tim Easton, Nellie Clay, Darrin Bradbury, Brian Wright, and myself. We have embarked on the journey of playing every Thursday at the 5 Spot here in Nashville from 6-8. We have special guests each week come and join us as well. The first one happened last week and it was a huge pile of fun.
The picture above is me with last week's special guests from Oklahoma, John Calvin Abney & Levi Parham. They are both exceptional songwriters and we were very happy to have them on stage with us. This week our special guest will be Ariel Bui.
By the way, there are 5 Thursdays in October! Hope to see you at one of them!
September has been flying by! Between touring and hanging out at the Americana Music Fest in Nashville, I also moved into a new house! Not yet unpacked, I'm packing a small bag and heading to New York this weekend to play the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival! Jeff Burke will be joining me and we will play in New Jersey on Friday night to play at Clinton Elks Lodge on Sidney Road in Pittstown NJ and then we'll head over to Brooklyn on Saturday to play the festival. We will be under the Archway at 5 PM and then performing as THE FREE AGENTS at Superfine at 9PM. There are lots of great acts at the 3 day festival and everything is FREE!!!!! Here is a link to the fest! www.bkamf.com
Also, in OCTOBER I will be participating weekly in the CAMPFIRE PROPAGANDA residency at the 5 SPOT, every THURSDAY from 6-8 PM... CAMPFIRE PROPAGANDA is a collective of artists in EAST NASHVILLE who are collaborating on each other's music and celebrating the fact we live in MUSIC CITY and making the music we want to make. It currently consists of TIM EASTON, NELLIE CLAY, BRIAN WRIGHT, DARRIN BRADBURY, and me. We'll also have some special guests joining us each week and we promise it will be a good time!
Last week I went back to Club Roar in Nashville to work on my record. Larry Cook and Tony Scherr flew down from New York. Jon Radford was available to play drums. Tim Easton was fresh back from Alaska (I think he still smells like fish) and we knocked out another 5 songs. I think we are getting close to finishing this record and soon I'll be raising some funds to help get it out into the world. I really believe in it, and it's exciting to hear the music coming back my way. One of the last things we did was some gang vocals on a John Hartford song. It was a special feeling to sing together...
I leave next week to meet up with Jason Crosby in California. We are doing several shows on the west coast... after that I'll be to Texas with Amy Speace, then the AMA's!
More to come!
We've been here camped out at Club Roar for the last 6 days, working on Dylan Lee Johnston's record with Patrick Damphier. Galen Ballinger, Dylan and myself have been putting our heads together over these tunes and a few special guests have dropped by to help us out as well. You can still contribute to Dylan's Kickstarter Campaign through the 31st.
Well, it's mid July and it's almost too hot to go outside. I agreed to run a race in the fall with my friends, and I know I need to get out there and start training, but I can't seem to get out of the house early enough before the 90's emerge. (Not the decade, even though the dream of the 90's is still alive in many of our minds) At least iced coffee and I get along. This weekend my friend Dylan Lee Johnston dropped off a couple of bikes he found at a yard sale. They were in good condition. We rode around all day Saturday, and even though it was hot and I hate riding uphill, the breeze felt great and we got to work our legs and ride through Shelby Bottoms and it was an overall satisfying experience. Speaking of Dylan, I am getting ready to join him in the studio this week in the making of his record. He has some amazing songs and I'd to share this link so you can check out his music and consider donating to his kickstarter campaign. No one who is a creative person really enjoys asking for money and soon I will be doing the same for my record (which is about halfway there, so excited though) Here is the link!!... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dylanleejohnston/dylan-lee-johnston-just-like-rain-lp
Meanwhile, I have a few weeks off the road and I'm integrating all the fun times I've had so far this summer. Most recently I was at 'Woodyfest' which is the annual Woody Guthrie Festival held every year in Okemah, Oklahoma. Again I had a great time playing with Tim Easton, Amy Speace, Nellie Clay, and David Amram. This year's festival was bigger than ever, with so many of my friends performing, it was truly special. One of the most touching parts of Woodyfest this year was witnessing the Oklahoma community of musicians saying farewell to their friend Tom Skinner. He was an influential songwriter to so many people, and was booked to play Woodyfest this year. Unfortunately he was admitted to the hospital right before the festival began and it was known he would not recover. Everyone who knew him found ways to send tributes to him, visit him in the hospital, and send their energy toward him throughout the weekend. He passed away last Sunday as the festival concluded, but I feel clear that he knew he was loved.
Above, is Tim Easton, David Amram and me at the conclusion of Woodyfest. Below, a tribute to Tom Skinner...
I just got home from so many trips that I am going to have to take a trip to remember them all. I promise soon with witty remarks about my so called life. But now I must go eat some dinner.
We got back late last night after a fun and adventurous trek through the south. Darrin Bradbury and I had a lead off tour covering Birmingham AL, Pensacola FL, and New Orleans LA. I really love Darrin's songs - they are both serious and funny at the same time, and it's been cool getting to know him and learn his tunes. The day before we left we basically recorded an album as well, so there's that to look forward to as well. We worked at East Side Manor, and lo and behold, Gabe and his awesome wife Hannah joined us in NOLA, as did our friend Selby and the elusive Aaron Lee Tasjan, and we all convened at our fearless host, Johnny McCollum's compound in NOLA... finer times couldn't be had.
We played a show at Siberia with Alexandra Scott as well. They make a delicious pierogie there.
Darrin and I will embark on another little tour later this month. Next on the docket is Kerrville TX with Amy Speace this weekend, and then the Nelsonville Music and Arts fest the following weekend with Tim Easton... Hope to see you out there somewhere!
Life is good in Wimberley TX. Last night we played Ray Wylie Hubbard's radio show at Tavern on Gruene. He is so fantastic and charismatic. The first time I ever saw him perform was several years ago at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble and I've been a fan ever since, so last night was an honor. Amy Speace and I even got to sit in with him. We have several more shows in Texas this week before we head north...
I'm making lots of fun plans for May with Darrin Bradbury. We are doing a couple of shows in Nashville before heading to Birmingham,AL; Pensacola FL; and a weekend in New Orleans. Here is our latest poster:
After that run with Darrin, I'll be joining Amy Speace again at the Kerrville Folk Fest, and then Tim Easton the following weekend at Nelsonville Arts and Music Fest...
Happy Earth Day! I'm going to spend the rest of my morning listening to the soundtrack of the Wimberley Birds and observing the stillness of the cedar trees. Peace! MP
Hi from Seattle! I've just spent the weekend here with an amazing group of healers who practice Therapeutic Touch. I've been involved with this world for over a decade now, and it's quite an honor.
The other accomplishment of the weekend is that this website is finally live! Welcome to the golden age of actually being able to hear audio and see videos, buy music, email me and link to Itunes... haha what a concept!
I'm heading to Austin TX today to meet up with Amy Speace and resume our tour for the next 2 weeks. Go to www.AmySpeace.com for show details.
I've got to run to the airport, but thanks for checking in! more later! xo m
PS Happy Earth Week!!!!
I'm working on switching my website over to this one... here are a couple of archived blogs from some of my adventures this year...
March 2nd, 2015 by megan
It’s not easy to sum it up.
Let’s call it 2500 musicians in the Westin/Sheraton complex near downtown Kansas City, MO. It’s right across from Union Station, which is a very pretty place that reeks of railroad history.
Music fills every corridor possible. Almost all of it is good. People at the Folk Alliance are a special breed. There is so much joy in the making. We meet up once a year to see old friends, make new ones, and seek inspiration in what everyone has to share. It’s a genuine love fest. This year I was very fortunate to play almost every day in the Momentary Love Management Room, hosted by Lou DeMarco and Rain Fusco. Getting to know them was one of the highlights of my time in KC.
What happens at Folk Alliance is fairly simple. People play music wherever and whenever they can. Sometimes you find yourself playing in front of a crowded room of people, other times there may be 1 person there to listen. Either way it doesn’t matter because someone is always listening. Lou and Rain’s room was my ‘home room’ and the vibe there was always right. I also gravitated to the ‘Oklahoma Room.’ The music there was so good, and would go very late into the night. One particular evening I was fortunate to be David Amram’s sidekick. Besides being his bouncer, I was also making sure he didn’t lose his multiple flutes (one did go missing but not on my watch), kept his shoes tied, and most importantly, finding the right jam at 3AM. To the Oklahoma room we went. Sure enough, the music and clinky drinks were still flowing. We sat down and a song circle formed. There was the fiddlers 3 (me, T. Bruce Bowers, and a cool guy named Jason), David, Jesse Aycock, Wink Burcham, Levi Parham, and many other awesome musicians that Brian Horton of Horton records has corralled and tamed just enough to play outstanding music in the room. Another reason to love Oklahoma, as if I needed more. We played songs until they kicked us out at 5 AM. It wasn’t the first or last time this happened in the OK room.
The next night I got to sit in with David Amram during his set in the large Chicago room at the Sheraton. It was a great honor, and somehow he worked me into his improvisational tune about Kansas City, and said I had a ‘magic violin.’
I had the honor of playing with many others in addition to David… Tim Easton, Nellie Clay, Jesse Elliott, Jay Aymar, myself (yes, I did a couple of my own sets too). I have a few pictures to post, most of them courtesy of my friend “Frag” AKA Rob Hanning. Frag (pronounced Fraj, like Fragile) is a talented photographer and general documenter of all things Folk Alliance. And also just a great guy who enjoys music…
January 29th, 2015 by megan
I just got back from my first cruise ever, and luckily I was fortunate enough to be part of the entertainment. While I was on the cruise, I remembered a funny story my Grandpa B used to tell. He and my Gram were ‘cruisers’ for a few years post retirement. This was pre-Cayamo and other such ‘music-centric’ cruises… where I am sure there was ‘entertainment’ but not the same overdose of good music as I experienced. Anyway, according to Grandpa B, the piano player on his cruise ‘broke his arm’ and therefore Grandpa Bob got the gig for the week… there was speculation there was a set up, but nevertheless he found a job on the boat for himself…
I had a blast playing with Amy Speace on Cayamo 2015 The lineup was incredible and in addition to playing fun sets with Amy in the Spinnaker Lounge, I also saw some longtime favorites and also got to know some new people I’d never heard before but walked away inspired by… Seeing John Prine twice on the boat, and knowing every night I was falling asleep in the same vessel as him was ultra sweet in my stalker’s opinion. Hearing him play his songs that have inspired me to be a songwriter for so many years was beyond anything I could explain or articulate. It was also a treat to see Lucinda Williams, Richard Thompson, Buddy Miller, Brandi Carlile, Kacey Musgraves, John Fullbright, Birds of Chicago, Joe Purdy, St. Paul and the the Broken Bones, and tons of other talents… it was almost an overwhelming experience… plus being down in the Caribbean in January wasn’t too terrible either. We stopped in St. Bart and St. Croix too and had fun times there… I have a few pics too prove I was there, but I forgot to take very many as I was livin in the moment!