Described as distinctive, powerful, deeply introspective and alluring in media from Acoustic Guitar Magazine to the Modesto Bee, 25-year-old Megan Slankard has independently sold over 22,000 CDs while performing in hundreds of cities across the United States and Europe. She self-produced her first CD at 18, and is currently hard at work finishing up her fourth CD with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker (Pat Monahan). She and Jeff Campbell, the Acoustic Duo, will perform Saturday in Redding.
You’ve had quite a few successes in your career. Tell me about your most awe-inspiring music moment.
I’ve had some good awe-inspiring moments and some, well, humbling ones. One of those recent really good moments was a couple of summers ago in the Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco with my band. We were recording our first record together (my 4th release) and it suddenly hit me how incredibly lucky I was to be making music with these amazing musicians. I think we all felt it, we all looked at each other like, “holy crap!” And then, of course, two years later and our CD isn’t out yet… but you know, all things in their time.
I’m sure that touring has its ups and downs. Tell us about your funniest moment on the road.
The road isn’t a place for funny things, Adam. It’s a serious business. No, I’m kidding. I once got asked if I needed a place to stay by this amazing family in Illinois. They did my laundry, fed me pizza and then one of their little boys did a full-on magic show for me dressed from head to toe in patent leather shoes, pleated trousers, a coat with tails and a top hat… I was like, “Whoa, how’d he do that?!”
Any favorite spots? (You don’t have to say “Redding.”)
I have a ton of favorite spots – but yes, Vintage Wine Bar in Redding is one of them (they are incredibly nice there and the food is amazing. … Don’t get me started on the wine!). Additionally, I love playing with my band at the Independent in SF. I love driving out to Portland, OR, to play Mississippi Studios. I have a blast at Jammin’ Java out there in Vienna, VA. The Tin Angel in Philadelphia. Good stuff. House concerts are some of my favorites too.
I have to get off the subject and ask about your appearance on “What Not to Wear.” How did that happen?
Haha… How did I know you’d ask that? My band nominated me for that show. I had no idea. The camera crew burst in through the doors one day at a show. I was, like, “Wow! The venue must be filming a commercial, look at all those cameras… that keep coming toward me…” They took me to New York and threw away my clothes. They dressed me up and sent me back home looking like a whole new me. It was a blast… and frightening.
What can we expect from your show with Jeff Campbell this weekend?
Some good fun out of the rain, a night out with your friends in front of close harmonies and rocking acoustic guitars. Really, you’ll probably be mad at yourself if you don’t come hang out with us. [broad wink]
What will Jeff be wearing?
Maybe that hat. See the photo above. In fact, see the photos of both of us. Look how nice we look — don’t we look like nice people? We’re honest, and respectful of the elderly, we kiss babies and play a wicked Amaj7. Hope to see you at the show!
(Photos by Clayton Lancaster)
See Megan Slankard and Jeff Campbell, Saturday, Jan. 23, 8 p.m., Vintage Wine Bar & Restaurant, 1790 Market Street, Redding. Megan and Jeff will return to Redding Feb. 13 to perform for the February ArtHop After-pARTy at Vintage. For more information about Megan, visit meganslankard.com.
Adam Mankoski is a recent North State transplant who feels completely at home here. He enjoys experiencing and writing about the people, places and things that embody the free spirit of the State of Jefferson. He and his partner own HawkMan Studios and are the creators of Redding’s 2nd Saturday ArtHop. Email your North State events to firstname.lastname@example.org.