Just about a year ago, I went to a free concert at Winged Deer Park in Johnson City. The singer on the stage that night was Randy Houser. Since that performance by the lake, we’ve seen Randy turn out two top 20 hits, and make a national television appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. In addition to that, he’s had a very successful tour with Pat Green, had his videos on GAC and CMT, and been on countless other television programs at local stations across the country.
Those of you who have been reading Country’s Chatter for a long time know that eventually, I get to my point. All that was leading up to this … Meet Megan Mullins!
The reason I started where I did with this post is because in one week, I’ll be heading out to another one of our local parks to see Megan’s free concert. I know this is hard work for these kids. They’re starting their music careers, and they really want to entertain us. So, they let us see what the have – for free. I can’t speak for everyone who attends these shows, but I for one appreciate what they’re doing. And I’m looking forward to seeing Megan next week in Bristol.
Megan is a multi-instrumentalist – as well as a songwriter and recording artist. Her bio on her Myspace page says she began playing instruments as a toddler, and by age 3 she was performing 100-200 shows a year with her family band. She won many fiddle contests all across America.
In 2006, she signed with Broken Bow Records in Nashville, and released her first single, “Ain’t What It Used to Be.” That song reached No. 27 on the country music charts, and was the second highest debut for a new female artist that year.
The concert will be held Saturday, May 30, at 7 p.m. at Bristol’s Steel Creek Park. In addition to Megan, you can count on seeing that great crew from WXBQ on hand … including our very fuzzy friend (or is that furry) the WXBQ Rabbit. And I’ll be there too, so if any of my readers are in the crowd, just look for the lady with the camera glued to her face… that will be me. Since digital photography came into existence, I’ve never come home from any kind of concert with less than 300 pictures. If I were a better photographer, I wouldn’t have to take that many to get 10 or 20 great ones. But I have fun doing it.
Except for “Ain’t What it Used to Be,” the only other one of Megan’s songs I’m familiar with is “Long Past Gone.” But, of course, when I found out out she was coming to the area, I went and listened to more of her music. I love “Holding Everything,” which she sings with Randy Owen. From what I’ve heard, I’d say this young lady has a very promising future in country music, and I’m looking forward to seeing her perform next Saturday night.
Here’s a clip from a St. Jude Radiothon at WGAR in Cleveland, Ohio, where Megan got to perform the song “Holding Everything” with Randy.
I’m heading to Johnson City right now. We are participating in a roadblock with for our Relay For Life team. We’ll be standing at a major intersection, hoping the cars stopping at the traffic light will be very generous and dig deep into their pockets to toss some change (or bills) into our purple buckets. I’ll talk to you all later. Have a super great Memorial Day Weekend!