Meg Johnson Band

Meg Johnson Band

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Meg Johnson Band delivers a dynamic sound mixing the influences of Americana and Bluegrass with Pop and Psychedelia. Strong songwriting and musicianship are key to MJB's versatility from moodiness to party-ness. Think a Bonnie Raitt-fronted Wilco with Grateful Dead sensibilities...

Biography

The Meg Johnson Band released its first full-length CD, “Between You and the Golden Sun”, on Fluke Records, LLC in 2004. Featuring the brilliant performances of Stephen Mayone (Chris Delmhorst) on Electric Guitar and Mandolin, Kevin Maul (Burns sisters, Robin and Linda Williams) on Steel Guitar and Dobro, Doug Marcus (Harmony Grits) on Upright Bass, Eric Parker (Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker) on Drums and Bob Resnick (Folding Sky) on Percussion,
“Between You and the Golden Sun” boasts a fresh approach to music rooted in the American folk-rock tradition. The song “One More Time” was featured on WMVY Martha’s Vineyard’s “Fresh Produce” sampler. At least 7 out of the 11 songs on the disc have been in rotation on stations in the northeast as well as many internet streams.
The MJB just recorded an EP entitled "Bits And Pieces" with renowned producer/engineer Bobby Eichorn (Richard Thompson, Carly Simon) in early 2007 and is planning on another full-length release by the end of the year.
You may have heard Meg’s singing on The Breakfast’s “Deuce” or more recently on Tom Pacheco’s latest release, “Rebel Spring” – produced by Jim Weider of The Band. While living in New Haven and New York City in the mid 90’s, She and partner Kyle Esposito co-fronted Fourth House, Releasing the CD “The Flood” and sharing stages with the likes of Government Mule and God Street Wine.
The Meg Johnson Band began taking shape after relocating to Woodstock and writing songs while playing in a small acoustic format. They released their first EP “Midwest” in 2000. With the release of the “Jones” EP in early 2003, the band began performing shows featuring songs co-written by Meg and Kyle.
CONTACT - KYLE@MEGJOHNSONBAND.COM 845-246-9664

Lyrics

Deer

Written By: Meg Johnson and Kyle Esposito

Deer

Sitting in your car
I’m losing my mind
Almost gone too far
You’re trying to be kind
Wish I could stand up
Move from my seat
I Feel so messed up
Need some more sleep

& I’m overtaken
Do you think I’m faking?
Well you’d be mistaken if you did

Chorus
Well I just wanta be clearer
Lose some of this fear
I don’t wanta be caught
Like a deer in the bright light

In Back of the sports bar
Head’s spinning around
Beautiful loser
The sun’s going down

I can’t go in there
And I can’t go home
Keep Driving to nowhere
Sunk like a stone

& I’m overtaken
& I just can’t shake it
Well we’ve seen this same thing before

Chorus 2x

Frozen in space
Look on my face
Fallen from grace
Fallen

Chorus 3x

Copyright 2004 Meg Johnson and Kyle Esposito

One More Time

Written By: Meg Johnson and Kyle Esposito

One More Time

I’ve been irrational
Feeling all trashed & all
Scattered inside
Cuz I’m the queen of indulgence
Still thinkin’ there’s half a chance
& wonderin’ why

& it’s ninety degrees
& I’m down on my knees and I’m
begging you
one more time
all that I say to try & push you away
forget about it
give me one more time oh one more time 2x

Oh I’m out of my skin
At the drop of a pin
& so restless with pride
should be taking my own advice
reach out for my slice
still I’m wonderin’ why

you came running at me
now I’m down on my knees
begging you
one more time
oh & what did we say that made it end up this way
forget about it
give me one more time oh one more time 2x

All afternoon
In this twisted mood
I got half a bottle down
Wishing you’d come ‘round

Chorus

Copyright 2004 Meg Johnson and Kyle Esposito

Wide River

Written By: Meg Johnson and Kyle Esposito

WIDE RIVER

Gonna wade through my wide river
Walk up on my bridge
Lean yourself on over
& balance off the ledge

I can hear 'em call my name out
But I can't bear to go

‘Cuz I'm running through fields with you
& I'm high on a hill
I'm talking to the daisies
Growin' wild on my sill

Gonna see me again this evening
& drink up all my wine
Ain't gonna be no leaving you
'Til the mornin' shines

I can hear ‘em coming to get me
Oh, they can't make me go

‘Cuz I'm running through fields with you
& I'm high on a hill
I'm talking to the daisies
Growin' wild on my sill

Travelin' miles
With you

Repeat 1st Verse & Chorus

Copyright 2004 Meg Johnson and Kyle Esposito

Discography

"Between You and the Golden Sun" LP - 2004
"Wide River", "One More Time" - singles
"Bits And Pieces" EP - 2007

Set List

Set lists change depending on the venue. We can do an evening (two 75 minute sets) of originals or mix in any percentage of covers. We have about 100 wide-ranging covers to choose from.
SAMPLE SONG LIST:

ORIGINALS:
Wide River
You Know the Street
Five Hours
Deer
Inspiration
Midwest
Set Me Free
In This Town
Could It Be
Goodnight
For This World
One More Time
Winterland
Start Over
Bubble
Sailboat
Walk the Other Way
Come Over
The Way I Do
(plus)

SAMPLE COVERS
Allman Brothers
WHIPPING POST
The Band
OPHELIA
ORANGE JUICE BLUES
SHAPE I’M IN
THE WEIGHT
Beatles
DEAR PRUDENCE
NORWEGIAN WOOD
TWO OF US
Chuck Berry
PROMISED LAND
Johnny Cash
BIG RIVER
Tracy Chapman
GIVE ME ONE REASON
Eric Clapton
LAY DOWN SALLY
Jimmy Cliff
SITTING IN LIMBO
Patsy Cline
CRAZY
Willie Dixon
SPOONFUL
WANG DANG DOODLE
Bob Dylan
DOWN IN THE FLOOD
IT TAKES A LOT TO LAUGH, IT TAKES A TRAIN TO CRY
JUST LIKE TOM THUMB’S BLUES
QUEEN JANE APPROXIMATELY
SHE BELONGS TO ME
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