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Music and Healing... Songs at the Center

I am proud to be headed to Columbus OH this weekend to participate in "Songs At The Center". I will be part of a special show on Music and Healing. The show taping begins at 7 PM and all are welcome. https://www.facebook.com/events/998988166912906/

 

Puerto Rico, January 2017

Puerto Rico, January 2017

In other news, I just returned from Puerto Rico. It was my first time there and I had an amazing time. It felt like a total reset for me. I am still recovering from my last surgery in December but I am feeling overall well and looking forward to getting to work on my musical projects, and returning to nursing as well... 

I have a few shows coming up in February. I will be playing a Thursday residency at the 5 Spot with Amy Speace, 6-8 each Thurs in Feb. I am also performing as myself at The East Room on February 5th and The Sutler on February 8th. 

Cabo Rojo, PR

Cabo Rojo, PR

 

 

 

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Home stretch, kinda...

Photo by Chad Cochran

Photo by Chad Cochran

It just occurred to me I have been super busy focusing on healing that I've forgotten to spend much time updating this website. It's really been a journey for me these last few months. Since my surgery in July, I have been on a Sabbatical of Convalescence! It's a new thing for me. I don't think I've had a break like this in my entire life. Right now I am in the middle of chemotherapy. And actually, more than halfway through. Yesterday was my 3rd of 4 treatments, so we can call that 75% done! Home stretch it is! I have been feeling good, and even been playing music locally. I haven't been able to tour or really work at all while I focus on my healing, inside and out. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by love and support through these times. I could never have imagined this experience. Is is ok to say I'm grateful? Even if it seems strange, I am so grateful for this blip in what seemed like an enormous upheaval initially, but somehow something I needed. Even as a nurse, focusing on my own wellness was something that I had constantly put on the back burner, and maybe forgot to turn that burner on... and I know it is a common thing for many people who care for others. Wow. It's still a challenge I am working on. But many good things are happening, and I will look back on this year and period of change as an amazing universal gift. 

Yesterday's Chemo #3!   

Yesterday's Chemo #3! 

 

this past Monday I had a blast spilling my guts on the Ariel Bui's show 'MeSoScene' at WXNA 101.5 LP Nashville

this past Monday I had a blast spilling my guts on the Ariel Bui's show 'MeSoScene' at WXNA 101.5 LP Nashville

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

photo by Michael Weintrob

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! 

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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  

Photo by Michael Weintrob

 

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Many thanks to everybody around me...

I can't even begin to start to summarize all the events of the past month. First of all, I had the most amazing times at my release shows in Columbus Ohio at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza, Comfest, and Dick's Den.  I was so happy to deliver my record there first and also feel the love of the Columbus community. I raced back to Nashville to do another release at the Basement East that proved to match the love and fun of the Columbus run! I felt so fortunate to be able to do these shows in lieu of some more challenging news I received about myself during the time I was preparing to do these shows. 

To my surprise, and in the way things work in the most mysterious ways, I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of May. The month of June has proven to be a new wave of me learning to be a patient versus being a nurse. I am preparing to have surgery on Friday July 8th. I feel very hopeful and optimistic that I will be back in a little while, but I have a journey ahead of me I certainly did not expect. 

I have been blessed with so much love and caring around me, I have been overwhelmed with gratitude. Never in my life have I had a window into seeing how many people care about me. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate their support and love and healing they are sending to me at this time. I can't wait to be back to playing music and seeing this as a bump in the road.

From the show at The Basement East by Stacie Huckeba

From the show at The Basement East by Stacie Huckeba

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What's She's Got to Give has reached it's goal!

Last week my Pledge Music campaign reached its goal! I am so happy and grateful and relieved! Over 250 people pledged, and some of them more than once. I am beside myself with everyone's generosity and support of my music. I have decided to keep the campaign open until the release date in June, so if anyone wants to preorder the record on vinyl or CD they can, and as of today you'll be able to download it directly from the pledge site. www.pledgemusic.com/projects/meganpalmer

I am already on tour. I just arrived in Portland yesterday and I am hanging out with my family here for a couple days, and also playing a couple gigs. Allen Thompson and I are doing shows together from here to Los Angeles in the next week. He even brought his dog Levon to help us with the driving.

I'll be doing shows next month in Columbus, OH as part of my record release over Comfest weekend, starting at Natalies Coal Fired Pizza on June 22nd. My band will play the Gazebo Stage at Comfest on Saturday June 25th, followed by a hootenanny on the 26th at Dick's Den. I'll head back to Nashville, TN and do a record release show on June 30th at the Basement, joined by Allen Thompson and Darrin Bradbury. DB just got written up in Rolling Stone today for being an up and comer in the scene. I'm so happy to have played on his record and done a bit of touring with him this past year. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-new-country-artists-you-need-to-know-may-2016-20160504/darrin-bradbury-20160504

Ok it's time to learn some tunes and have some nephew co-writing sessions. Peace! 

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Back in the states!

Windmill in Vierhuizen, Netherlands  

Windmill in Vierhuizen, Netherlands

 

My trip with Amy to England/Holland/Germany was super fun. It flew by and we really enjoyed ourselves... now it's back to Tennessee where spring has sprung. Feeling really lucky we were able to travel all of the wonderful places and meet all kinds of fun european hosts who served us non stop piles of bread and cheeses. 

here's a reveiw from our London show: https://redrospective.com/2016/04/17/amy-speace-ethan-ash/

While I was in Holland, Pledge Music interviewed me about what I was up to. Here's the link to the interview!  http://www.pledgemusic.com/blog/megan-palmer-interview

I only have about 10 days to go. I'm pretty nervous about this. I'm working hard to spread the word, and hope it works out. That's all about that. 

Here's a fun picture from our tour! 

Amy and me in Friesland, Holland, in the garden of fairies right before our show in Oenkerk.  

Amy and me in Friesland, Holland, in the garden of fairies right before our show in Oenkerk.

 

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Hello from Lewes, England!

Photo by Amy Speace  

Photo by Amy Speace

 

Amy Speace and I arrived in proper jet lagged fashion to Heathrow in London yesterday. We found each other, had some tea, and embarked upon our journey to Lewes in a standard rental 'Megane' vehicle... luckily she was driving!  Maybe next time for me. We are here in the UK for a few more days and then head to Holland and Germany for the rest of the tour. We had our first show tonight at the Elephant & Castle, and awesome venue hosted by the wonderful Jamie & Stevie Freeman of Union Music. They have a sweet lil record store here in Lewes and are the best hosts ever. More updates as they come... 

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Hoppy Easter update! 1/2 way to the Pledge completion!

Photo by Stacie Huckeba taken at Fran's East Side Tavern 

Photo by Stacie Huckeba taken at Fran's East Side Tavern 

Hi there! It's been a very busy and fun month so far. In embarking upon a fundraising campaign (and I've never done this before) I was pretty nervous and stressed out. I'm so grateful that so many friends have already pledged. I have reached 41% of my goal so far. Of course I am still nervous about this as I'm getting ready to go on tour abroad in England, Holland and Germany with Amy Speace, and I'm pretty sure I'll be online but I might not have as much time to put my energies into this campaign. 

I want to share with you briefly WHY I need your help still. Even though I self-funded the entire recording myself, there are still so many costs involved in getting this record into the physical form, and also heard by people outside my inner circle. I'm in the process of pressing vinyl and cd's, and also choosing a PR helper. I won't go into details, but hiring PR really helps in getting people to know about a release beyond what I can do myself. It's a strange world we live in, but to make this happen is actually more than what you can imagine per month (we are talking like, more than a mortgage and car payment) These folks do a good job though, so I understand. In a grass roots campaign such as this one, it gets pricey. But I do believe it's important. ANYWAY, long story short, if you would please do me a favor and share my campaign with friends, family, etc... people who you know that I may not know, that might be interested in helping out and being a part of this endeavor. I'll be forever grateful. 

http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/meganpalmer

It is looking like I am set to have an official release in June! I'll be in Columbus OH for Comfest and already have shows booked at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza on June 22, and Dick's Den on June 26th. Soon I'll also be announcing my Nashville record release, and I'm getting really excited about the chance to play these songs with a live band! 

Thanks again! xoxoxo m

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Out on the Weekend

I just returned from a great weekend of shows. Nellie Clay and I played 4 super fun shows in 3 days in Columbus and Dayton OH, and East Lansing MI. We met a bunch of great folks along the way, performing material together from both of our repertoires. We’d love to come and play for you! Here’s a clip:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SM9OQKQERMY

Photo at the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, MI. Captured by Rob Hanning  

Photo at the Broad Art Museum in East Lansing, MI. Captured by Rob Hanning

 

Above is some footage caught by Rob Hanning at the Pump House Concert in East Lansing. Thanks to Smitty for having us! We really loved our time there. 

I'm really touched by the generosity of everyone who has pledged on the MP record fundraising PLEDGE so far! Only 1 week in, we are already near 30% funded. If you have pledged already, THANK YOU for jumping on board. If you plan to, you can click HERE 

Meanwhile, I'm planning some tours and getting ready to head to EUROPE in APRIL with  AMY SPEACE! 

Hope to see you somewhere between here and there down the road! xoxox m

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3,2,1.... pledge...

This is about to go live. Tomorrow morning. wowsers. I'm hanging on tight. 

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A glimpse of album artwork by Kate Krebs

A glimpse of album artwork by Kate Krebs

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Leap year album, campaign on the way...

photo by Stacie Huckeba

photo by Stacie Huckeba

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. 

This is my foot and couch fringe, courtesy of John Calvin Abney. Photo by Nellie Clay.  

This is my foot and couch fringe, courtesy of John Calvin Abney. Photo by Nellie Clay.

 

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! 

xoxo

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A couple bits from the last Spikedrivers show

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...

photo by Steve Mack

photo by Steve Mack


photo by Steve Mack  

photo by Steve Mack

 

Photo by Steve Mack

Photo by Steve Mack

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Today is the first day...

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... 

Photo by Tom Wickstrom, this year at the Spikedrivers NYE show at Rumba Cafe

Photo by Tom Wickstrom, this year at the Spikedrivers NYE show at Rumba Cafe

 

 

 

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Thanks and Gratitude

dogs

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! 

 

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Campfire Propaganda Burns through October

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! 

Cheers! 



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On the way to the Brooklyn Americana Music Fest!

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On the way to the Brooklyn Americana Music Fest!

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! 

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More studio time... tours coming up in September

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! 

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