As Meagan’s sound unfolds, you will hear traces of influential vocalists like Sheryl Crow and Fiona Apple. It is when these styles couple with the legendary sounds of guitarists like Shuggie Otis, Jimi Hendrix and the Allman Brothers that Meagan’s mastery of both her voice and her instrument is realized. When it comes to the process of composition, Meagan often finds herself bewildered as to exactly how her songs take shape. As she quotes Neil Young in saying, “You just have to provide a home for them and let them come”, we see that she is more interested in expressing herself through her music than in all the hype that can follow.
Born in Scottsdale, AZ and raised in the “Show-Me-state” (St. Louis, Missouri to be exact) and Meagan attributes much of her musical journey to a creative upbringing there. By age 5 she was already taking piano lessons, and then she quickly moved on to guitar from there. With her knowledge of music and her guitar in hand, she remembers spending most of the time composing songs and writing lyrics.
By age 17, Meagan was wholeheartedly drumming up acoustic performances at school and around town. In 2000 she formed her first band, a clever play on words called “Out of the Tubb”. It was there in Columbia, Missouri, where she got her first taste of playing local live shows at venues like The Music Café and Mojo’s. From then on, the seed was planted for Meagan to harness an artistic vision that was bound to take her places.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2003, Meagan was bound for the West coast where she spent the next two years in San Diego, California. While soaking up the sun in sunny Cally, she teamed with producer Rick Perez to record the signature “Color Outside the Lines” EP. While spending this time turning vision into reality in the studio, she also formed her second band “Sweet Dream”. The band played gigs at San Diego’s own Santee Outdoor Amphitheatre, L5, Brick by Brick, Twiggs and Lestat’s, among several others.
Then whoosh… she was off to the awe-inspiring, unique musical mix known as Austin, Texas. After a short visit to the Live Music Capital of the World, she was hooked and soon relocated to Austin where she is to this day. After carving her niche in the working world of Austin, she then formed the company she keeps today. Simply performing under her own name- Meagan Tubb, her Band consists of members from all types and backgrounds.
Jason Nunnencamp, John Duran and Ric Ricker all play an integral part in the musical style that is unique to the Meagan Tubb Band. In the midst of furious weekly rehearsals and full-time jobs, Meagan and her bandmates are currently playing at venues in Austin, San Antonio and the surrounding Hill Country. Most recently, Meagan Tubb and her band mates have played on “Loris Lowe’s Local Licks Live Show” and “The Dudley and Bob Show” both on KLBJ-FM (93.7) where she was able to play several new songs not included in her EP for a captive radio audience. Also, the meaningful “You Can’t Have it Both Ways” (from her “Color Outside the Lines EP) can be heard in the soundtrack for “2 AM”, a film that premiered at this year’s 2006 SXSW film festival.
She has also picked up sponsorships from both Dean and Luna guitars as well as winning the first annual “Super Summer Talent Contest” at Poodie’s Hilltop Bar and Grill from which her band won a recording contract in conjunction with Willie Nelson’s label, $1,000, 20 hrs of recording studio time, 2 opening slots for major touring acts at Poodie’s, and a spot opening for Willie Nelson at the 2nd annual Freedom Festival in Austin. Meagan has also appeared in the 2007 issue of “Austin’s She Rocks Calendar” as “Miss May”. In early 2007, Meagan and the band decided to change the name from just “Meagan Tubb” to “Meagan Tubb & Shady People” and went on to headline the first ever live taped METV emerging artists series at Antone’s. They also played the 2nd Annual Funk Fest at La Zona Rosa, Texas Rock Fest, Poodie Fest, and the Austin Freedom Festival at The Backyard.
They also opened for such artists as Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, and Willie Nelson. 2008 promises to be a great year for Meagan and the boys as they release their first full length record “Beautiful Noise” on Willie Nelson’s new label Pedernales Records. Aside from creating and delivering soulful music to the masses online, and the locals live, Meagan enjoys long-distance running as her favorite form of exercise. She has a knack for impersonating British rock stars and indiscreetly people-watching.
When she is not performing for a crowd, she is busy fueling her creative vision with drawing, painting, writing and reading. She is also secretly addicted to MySpace. Her height and lofty stature, along with an affinity for platform heels, give Meagan a tendency to be clumsy at times. How funny it would be to relive the night when she laughingly fell off-stage at a live show, all while completely sober.
After dusting herself off, you can bet that she kept on playing. As to what Meagan’s future holds, she and her bandmates released their first full-length album entitled “Beautiful Noise” in the winter of 2007 as well as make their first music video. For everything else, just stay tuned…… Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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