On Saturday night, May 30, I had the pleasure of joining hundreds of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia country music fans at Steele Creek Park in Bristol, Tenn., to watch Megan Mullins in concert. I told you a little about Megan last week, but after meeting her on Saturday night, I quickly discovered there is much more to this young lady than you can learn on her MySpace page.
In addition to her fantastic show, she spent as much time as was necessary to pose for pictures with fans, sing autographs, and talk about what going on in her career. Her performance included several country standards by Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline, and even a very unexpected piece by this classically trained violinist. And of course, we got to hear some of her songs, including her current single, “Long Past Gone.”
Megan said she studied classical violin for 14 years. But, since country music has pretty much always been a part of her life, that violin quickly morphed into a fiddle. She was raised performing in her family’s band, from the time she was three years old. One of the songs on her new CD, which will be released this fall, was written about those experiences, and is called “All American Family Band.”
Megan was accompanied on state Saturday night by John Bohlinger, singer, songwriter, and band leader for the television show Nashville Star. Megan, incidentally, was the fiddle player for the show’s band.
I asked Megan what she thought she would be doing if she weren’t entertaining. She said, “This is all I’ve ever wanted to do.” And from what I heard on Saturday night, I think she made the right career choice. She said she was glad to be in Bristol, and was having a fantastic time. When she saw that lake, she said, “I wish I had brought my fishing pole.” And, she meant it. The girl likes to fish.
The band Bonfire Way (pictured here with Megan), from Greeneville, Tenn., opened the show for Megan. I don’t think they got past the second song before the audience was up dancing to their music. And from that point, a lot of the audience stayed on their feet throughout the night.
Bonfire Way is made up of band members Michael Guinn, lead vocals and rhythm guitar; Chad Hinkle, lead vocals, banjo, rhythm guitar, mandolin and bass; Shane Morgan, bass, Justin Renner, vocals and lead guitar; and Randy Cotner, vocals and drums.
The evening was great, and the music fantastic. I think I’ll just finish off with more pictures from this great event. Have to thank Reggie Neel from WXBQ for his emcee work, and of course – to that crowd pleasing WXBQ Rabbit for joining in on the evenings activities. Take a close look, you might see someone you know .. might even be you!
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