Meghan Hayes

Meghan Hayes

BandRockAcoustic

With its layers of carillon-toned guitars, textured keyboards and earthy vocals, Go and Give the Guard a Break embroiders Meghan Hayes’s troubadour roots with rock, alternative pop and Arlington twang.

Biography

With its layers of carillon-toned guitars, textured keyboards and earthy vocals, Go and Give the Guard a Break embroiders Meghan Hayes’s troubadour roots with rock, alternative pop and Arlington twang. The new album -- released in January 2005 -- comes four years after her critically acclaimed first record, Snow on the Waves. The St. Paul Pioneer Press said Meghan’s first record created “quite the buzz” that made her “a hot commodity on the East Coast.” The Bellingham Herald called her music a crossbreed of “folk, rock, alt-country and melodic pop.” The Washington Post urged its readers to "keep an eye and a couple of ears” on Meghan. The Arlington Journal named her debut CD one of the best albums of the year. In the course of making her popular appearances across the country, from the famed Birchmere in Alexandria, VA and the Tin Angel in Philadelphia, to capacity crowds in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Washington state, Meghan shared the stage with artists such as Freedy Johnston (Elektra), Tift Merritt (Lost Highway), Amy Correia (Capitol), Jeffrey Gaines (Artemis), and many more.

Meghan’s new album reflects a closer collaboration with her touring band and a half-dozen outside musicians, including: Brad Rice of Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown (Lost Highway Records); Paul Wood of Phaser (Emperor Norton Records): pianist and accordionist John Carroll, keyboardist for Mary Chapin Carpenter (Epic) and founding member of the Starland Vocal Band (yes, “Afternoon Delight”); guitarist John Ward of Villa Rosie (Pure Blend); vocalist Mary Ann Redmond, the former Motown prodigy and fixture on the Washington, DC R&B scene; and jazz musician Steve Eisen, who contributed both trumpets and flugelhorn. Members of Meghan's touring band -- guitarist and co-producer Dave McKittrick, keyboardist Shyam Telikicherla of Metropolitan (Crank Automotive), bassist Tim Smith and drummer Rich Hayes -- provide the instrumental backbone to the record. Meghan co-produced, wrote all the lyrics and music, sang, and also played guitar the record. Three of the songs were co-written with members of her band (“Constantine” with Dave, “Simple” with Shyam, and “Branson” with Rich).

The new album is about the divergent roads one can take after the angst of youth is gone -- from the wistful swagger of "I'm Not Leaving" to the wink-and-a-nod road anthem "Branson," whereas her first record, Snow on the Waves, addressed more personal themes like loneliness and heartache. Eric Brace of the Washington Post called it "a smart collection of rock/pop/folk tunes.” The Post's Mark Jenkins said, "Many homemade albums sound like it, but Meghan Hayes's 'Snow on the Waves' isn't one of them. That's not just because the Arlington singer-songwriter was assisted in recording these 12 originals by such pros as Mary Chapin Carpenter bandmates John Jennings and Rico Petruccelli." In addition to Jennings and Petruccelli, an eclectic group of DC notables contributed to her debut record, including fiddler and Grammy nominee Mike Stein, Kenny Haddaway, Tommy Lepson (of Lazy Boys fame), and members of the Air Force Band.

Hayes toured across the United States after her first CD, playing to standing-room-only crowds in Baltimore, MD, Chestertown, MD, Philadelphia, PA, St. Paul, MN, Iowa City, Iowa, Sayner, WI, Jackson Hole, WY, Bellingham, WA and places in between. She has shared the stage with major label acts and gold record-sellers at venues like the Birchmere, Iota, Black Cat, and State Theater. Her songs have been played on college stations across the country, as well as DC-area radio station WHFS, Philadelphia-area WXPN, and Minneapolis-area WFAI. Internationally, she has been featured in Belgium's esteemed "Rootstown" magazine and received repeated airplay on "Roots Revival," Belgium's Radio ATL105.9's Americana show. She was showcase artist at the 2001 Philadelphia Music Conference.

Discography

Snow on the Waves, 2000
Go and Give the Guard a Break, 2005

Set List

45 min solo acoustic set