Written By Aaron Lee Tasjan
Megan Palmer's music is born from finding her way. Starting in Ohio where she performed with local heroes The Spikedrivers, she explored New York City before venturing to Nashville, TN where she's made a stunningly honest and adeptly produced album entitled What She's Got To Give.
Produced by Patrick Damphier at Nashville's Club Roar Studio, and recorded in 6 days of mostly live tracking, this album features the stellar contributionsof Jon Radford, Tony Scherr, Larry Cook,Tim Easton and Amy Speace.
What She's Got To Give serves as both a defining moment in Megan's artistic journey and a chance to further define herself among her peers.
"It was about facing truth, fear, rejection, anger, love and loss...It's sort of me reclaiming myself as the person or writer I want to represent myself as. I have to have a transformative moment in my writing…take the anger and figure out a non destructive way to get out of it,"
The rough and tumble, ramshackle roll of the album's opener, The Only Trumpet is beautifully juxtaposed with Palmer's assuredly yet casually delivered singing. The album's title track What She's Got To Give begins with such beauty and simplicity you wonder if you've heard it somewhere before? Lyrically, it's the kind of song that only comes along if you're willing to scare yourself to death. The album progresses and rolls in some Stonesy honky tonk barroom brawls, Beatlesesque rock'n'roll pop, sweet and sparkling edgeiness, lush harmonies and ethereal clouds of slide guitar that crescendo into another plane by way of faded delay and distant reverb.
This record leaves the impression that Megan is one of those rare people who truly care. (She spends her spare nights and days as a Palliative Care Nurse at Vanderbilt University Hospital). She expertly communicates in her songs her sense of kindness and compassion even when there's good reason to behave otherwise. It’s not just something she says, it's also who she is as an artist and person.
What She's Got To Give is another new and beautiful beginning for Palmer. What's to follow for her promises to be just as brilliant as what she's done and it leaves us wanting more from a new brilliant and powerful voice.