Megan Slankard, Jeff Campbell
Mar 6 @ 9:00pm
Though only in her 20's, singer-songwriter Megan Slankard has
independently sold nearly 30,000 copies of four independently released
CDs. Megan’s newest release, A Token Of The Wreckage (Spring 2011), is "an
edgy alt-rock release that is a breath of fresh air" (Maverick Magazine),
“gleaming, grooving, and gritty” (Minor 7th), with "thoughtful
construction and clever wordplay" (Performer Magazine). The CD, which was
recorded with help from David Bryson (Counting Crows) and Jerry Becker
(Train), held a spot in the 10-best selling albums on CD Baby for weeks.
In addition to 12 new songs, the CD also includes Megan’s first official
music video, written and directed by Matthew Ward. The video has earned
18,000 plays on Vimeo and You Tube combined.
In spring 2011, in support of her new CD, the singer-songwriter toured her
way across the US, driving 20,000 miles in 7 months. Megan returned home
to San Francisco, CA in December to play a sold out show with her band in
the grand ballroom of the venerable Swedish American Hall.
“ …every track on Wreckage is a work of art: strong melodies, literate
lyrics, engaging vocal harmonies, dazzling accompaniment, and a killer
rhythm section.” (Minor 7th)
Megan’s recordings have been gaining substantial industry attention: she
won the 2011 IMA Vox Populi for “The Happy Birthday” a song from her
newest CD, as well as the 2009 IMA Vox Populi for her cover of Paul
Simon’s song “America”. Megan earned the January 2009 Top 5 artist in the
Famecast.com Competition and was selected as a finalist in the 2009 and
2008 Musician’s Atlas/Borders Books Independent Music Awards.
Additionally, she was selected as a semi-finalist in Discmaker’s 2007
Independent Music World Series and the 2007 International Songwriting
Megan and her music have appeared on TLC’s “What Not To Wear”, which
generated purchases by TV viewers that placed her CD “Freaky Little Story”
on the #5 spot on Amazon.com CD sales charts and on the Top-10 Rock
Bestseller list on CDBaby.com. Because of the episode’s popularity, the
show’s producers featured her in a follow-up episode a year later,
bringing “Freaky Little Story” and her third release, “A Little Extra Sun”
back into the Top-10.
"An artist who truly understands her style, her vocal ability and her
overall sound, and she pursues all that with as much passion and intensity
as humanly possible." (Maverick)
In addition to TV, Megan’s music has also been featured on San Francisco
AAA station KFOG's compilation CD. She has been featured in Rockgrl
Magazine, Owl Magazine, The Synthesis, Fresh Tracks and Women In Rock, in
addition to Acoustic Guitar magazine – whose editors named “Freaky Little
Story” one of their top albums of 2005. She was a final selection artist
for RPM Direct Presents: Unsigned Artists Volume 3 compilation CD; an A&R
Online featured artist; a Song and Film Spotlight artist; and, an Acoustic
Cafe featured artist on the “One to Watch” syndicated radio program
(sponsored by the USA Songwriting Competition). Slankard also co-wrote and
performed on the title track of Dire Straits founding member David
Knopfler's new record, “Ship of Dreams”.
Megan has also showcased in Boston (NEMO) and Toronto (NXNE), toured three
times as support for David Knopfler through Germany and England, and
performed at the international festival InGuitar in Zurich (Switzerland).
A Philadelphia native, Campbell moved to San Francisco in 2004 specifically for the newer Rock scene he had heard was developing. After a few years of trying to balance learning the West Coast Music Scene with his day job, the job was cast aside in favor of full time touring, writing and recording for a living.
Jeff’s onstage experiences have found him sharing the stage with members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead and opening for Grammy-winning band Train.
Early 2012 saw the release of Campbell’s first-ever acoustic album, "Stop and Go". With this album, Jeff fulfilled his promise to stay true to the songwriting style that P&B fans have come to know but also to test some boundaries with production, approach and style. "Stop and Go" also boasts guest performances from several of the Bay area's finest musicians, including Megan Slankard, Brad Brooks, Austin Wilacy and James Deprato. A live, in-studio DVD reproduction of the full album was recorded at Coast Recorders in SF in the Spring of 2012 and released as, "Stop and Go - Live at Coast"
Jeff has been touring the US to support this new release since the fall of 2011 and will continue to do so throughout 2012 and beyond and will not stop until his piece of history is defined.