Megan Palmer & The Hopefuls

Megan Palmer & The Hopefuls

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Megan Palmer and the Hopefuls play music somewhere in between Norah Jones and Lucinda Williams.

Biography

"Sharing is caring" goes the old idiom, and for much of the past decade Megan Palmer has been caring for a host of friends and musicians, lending her talents as a violinist. In her hometown of Columbus, Ohio, Megan fiddles regularly with the Spikedrivers, and is Tim Easton's favorite accompanist whenever he comes home from California for a visit. She's also hit the road with Easton, opening for Lucinda Williams, as well as with insurgent bluesgrassers Luther Wright and the Wrongs, and she sat in with Grammy nominee Rick Moranis for CMT's Studio 330 Sessions.

But in 2005 Megan took some time for herself and began recording her own songs in Ontario and Columbus. She eventually finished those songs with Grammy-winning engineer Jeff Ciampa (Bill Evans, Wayne Shorter), and the fruits of this "selfish" act are being released as Forget Me Not, her solo debut, on Sunken Treasure Records on July 4, 2006. Naturally Megan's friends jumped at the chance to return her favors, and the album features the talents of not only Easton and Spikedriver Jess Henry, but Columbus leading lights like Happy Chichester (Howlin' Maggie) and Derek DiCenzo.

Of course the sound of Megan's beautiful violin playing can be heard throughout Forget Me Not, but it's her sumptuous singing that's sure to tug on ears and heartstrings. At once achingly beautiful and consolingly gentile, Megan has the voice of an angel, albeit one with humanly concerns and foibles. The poignant wistfulness of "Angelo" and "What Comes Around" reveal Megan's talents as an astute songwriter. Like, say, Beth Orton or Sarah Harmer (with whom Megan has played), within each song Megan balances sentimentality with lyrical smarts. Musically, she draws from many genres: she shows her country roots on "Tomorrow's" and "Please Don't Come Back" while on "Portland" and her ode to the green fairy, "Absinthe," her mood is bluesy. She's blended these influences together with equal parts ingenuity and dexterity, crafting an album that is as contemporary as it is traditional, not to mention truly exceptional.

Megan will no doubt not stop playing with her many musical friends and cohorts, but for once she's deservedly taken the spotlight. And with Forget Me Not already garnering praise, it surely won't be the last time she does.

Discography

Forget Me Not (2006)
Track #1 Angelo - has been played on numerous radio stations and podcasts

Set List

Megan plays original songs and sometimes mixes covers in with her set. She plays many tracks from the album 'Forget Me Not' as well as new songs which haven't been recorded yet. Megan covers a variety of artists, including Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Pasty Cline, and Peggy Lee.