Megan Nash: The Seeker
Megan Nash grew up on a farm not far from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. No cable. No Internet. “So I latched onto basically anything I heard, most of which is totally ‘uncool’… but I don’t care,” she says. “We had a country radio station, though, and that eventually got me into artists like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton – really strong female voices.” She also managed to discover other distinctive women artists, such as Stevie Nicks, k.d. lang, and Neko Case.
And then one night when she was 16, she saw a couple of her high school friends play in a punk band at the local community hall. She was blown away – and hooked. She’d found what she wanted to do.
Today, she’s doing it. Her guitar playing is gutsy or delicate as the song demands – her strong voice boasts a dynamic range that can evoke conflicting emotions within a single line. And she’s pursuing new adventures in her life, career and travels.
Megan believes her upbringing on the farm helped her to find a balance between work and lifestyle that’s well suited to the life of an independent musician. And she still loves the rural life; she relocated from Moose Jaw to a small country town three years ago. (“I like to be out in the prairies. I’m a sucker for a big sky,” she says.)
But her emerging performing career now has her travelling Canada and the world, constantly inviting new experiences. She recently returned from a three-work solo tour of Luxembourg and Germany before returning to play with a full band in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
“Writing songs and performing them live has allowed me to tour. I’m always on the road exploring new places,” says Megan. “My travels inspire my songs. I write about my life experiences and the relationships in my life.”
Megan called her most recent album “Seeker”. The title captures her wayfaring life of a musician, her ongoing quest for spiritual meaning, and her restless exploration of new musical territory. On this album – her third, not counting an EP – she collaborates with a band for the first time. She was a guest performer with Regina’s Bears in Hazenmore at a music camp in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, and loved what she heard. “My last album was bare bones—just voice and guitar. They took a couple of the songs and did their own arrangements for us to perform together. I was blown away by what they did, so it just made sense to try to go further with it.”
The collaboration has helped move her personal roots-based songs into more anthemic sonic territory. The album’s actually “self-indulgent”, says Megan, meaning she got to do exactly what she wanted to do. She likes being known as a singer/songwriter, because it allows her to pursue any musical direction she desires.
She says that her Blundstones fit well with her sense of adventure. “I wear Blundstones on and off stage,” says Megan. “This summer, I took them from Folk on the Rocks Festival in Yellowknife, NWT to The Phog in Windsor, Ontario. I’ve put a lot of miles on my boots.”
She’s also never without her journal, and she tries to write down every idea she has. Her recent single off “Seeker” resulted from this practice. “I decided to look through my old journals, and ‘Bad Poetry’ came out of some things I’d written back in 2013 when I was clearly angry and going through a hard time. I sort of approached writing the song with the idea of giving my 23-year-old self a voice now that I didn’t have back then.”
If she had the chance she’d tell her younger self to expect to have to work hard (“I think I was pretty naïve. I underestimated how much work I’d have to put in.”), but to also be kind to herself. “Also write down every idea, please!”