By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Like any other storied state, Texas has its own sound: a rollicking, rolling kind of country.
That’s what Meagan Tubb & Shady People sounds like, which suits the Austin-based band just fine.
“I grew up in San Diego for a little while before moving to Austin, and it’s helped me a lot as a musician. There are just so many great players there, and there’s a huge diversity of different kinds of music,” Tubb said in an interview with the Journal. “I don’t think you can create music without having some sort of outside influence.”
Tubb and her band, made up of vocalist and lead guitarist Tubb, bass player Wilson Carr, drummer John Duran and lead guitarist Jason Nunnenkamp, formed back in the mid-2000s. And, yes, you read that right – the band has two lead guitarists. They both play slide guitar, too.
“You have to know how to share, come in and play and then back off a bit,” Tubb said. “It’s just really natural.”
Playing live comes naturally to the Shady People as well. But the group is careful to make a connection with its audience.
“We focus a lot on the singing. One thing that’s really frustrating, as an audience member, is to try to understand what the person is saying. Why put this effort into writing a song if you can’t understand what the person is saying?” Tubb said.
The coming year will see Meagan Tubb & Shady People writing more music and hitting the road, from bars out west to clubs in Europe. Wherever Tubb and her Shady People are, they’ll have a good time.
“We really love what we do, and we really hope people enjoy it and have a good time with us,” she said. “One thing I really love is when people get up and dance. If people are getting up and dancing, we’re doing our job right.”
MEAGAN TUBB AND SHADY PEOPLE has three shows this weekend in the area.
FRIDAY: 8:45 p.m. at the Blue Canoe, Tupelo, $5
SATURDAY: 9 p.m. at Proud Larry’s, Oxford, free
SUNDAY: 4 p.m. at the Hi-Tone in Memphis, $5, with Darren Jay & the Delta Souls