Meghan and Josh, who we all know better as the fantastic singing duo Steel Magnolia, are about to make their first appearance in northeast Tennessee. The duo will be at the Greene County Fair in Greeneville, Tenn., on Aug. 10. They have been through our part of the state before, on a radio tour that took them to WXBQ in Bristol, Va. (Photo below right with deejay Reggie Neel and station manager, Bill Hagy). I have been anxious for the opportunity to see them perform live – and I won’ have to wait much longer.
Most of us know Steel Magnolia from the CMT show “Can You Duet.” But they weren’t always a duo. The bio on their web site tells us that Meghan, who is from Louisiana, has been singing since she was 15, and had opened for some of country’ music’s biggest entertainers – Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Travis Tritt, Blake Shelton, and others. She moved to Nashville in 2004.
Josh is a singer/songwriter from Illinois. He played a lot of clubs in Los Angeles, then returned to Illinois before making is move to Nashville. His debut single “Long Lovely Night,” was picked up by program directors at Nashville’s Progressive Radio Station, Lightning 100.
The last paragraph of their bio pretty much takes us up to where we are now: “Since the forming of the dynamic, singing, songwriting duo in 2006, record labels and publishers are starting to catch wind and are asking a lot of questions. The sound is soulful, the songs undeniable, and the music is taking people by storm.”
Steel Magnolia record on Big Machine Records label, along with artists like Taylor Swift, Trisha Yearwood, Jack Ingram and others. Their first single, “Keep on Lovin’ You” quickly rose up the country music charts, and if you hadn’t noticed on “Can You Duet,” these kids definitely showed us what kind of vocal ability they have – the harmonies are great. And I’ve always loved how they share the lead! Josh is not a backup singer — they both sing backup to the other, they both sing lead, and they definitely share harmony.
But as important as their talent is the fact that they are having a great time on stage. They know how to perform to their audience, and make the audience fall in love with them. That happened on “Can You Duet,” and I’m sure that is going to happen again when I see them in Greeneville on Aug. 10.
Thanks to my friend Tommy for the on-stage photos above. They are from CMA Music Fest t his past June. I always appreciate pictures friends send to me, and I’m glad they are willing to share their concert experience with me, and all of you!
I haven’t put a video up for you guys in a while, so here’s a video from Episode 6 of “Can You Duet.”
That will do it for today – I hope you all have big plans for this Fourth of July Weekend – I’ll be heading to Johnson City later this afternoon to spend the day with my WXBQ rabbit, his deejays, and entertainers Linda Davis, Brinley Addington and Jessica Nixon, before watching the best fireworks display in the area. We’ll get pictures of that up here sometime on Sunday.
Thanks for the e-mail! I’ll talk to you all soon!