With a jazzy and bluegrass style, Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers take you back to the 1920s—with a modern twist. The six-member band consists of a wide range of instruments, including three types of saxophones, an upright bass, guitar, drums, and lead vocals by Megg Farrell. Over the past few years, the band has worked on developing their new album, and they soon leave for a tour in Russia.
Sweet Megg & the Wayfarers have recently announced details about their album release party, which is set for October 19th at Jalopy Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Doors open at 8 PM and tickets are $15 each.
Lead singer, Megg Farell, describes the new album as follows: “We’ve come back to the earlier repertoire of the 1920s and 30s but we’ve also been mixing that with some modern elements.” The lead guitarist adds the sweet tones of a telecaster and pedals to the album, creating a sound similar to Les Paul. This new album also features some heart-felt, original songs written and performed by Megg. All members of the band have special arrangements in the album—creating a one-of-a-kind, old-fashioned jazz style with a touch of modern bluegrass and western swing.
Guest will get a sneak peak of the album debuting in December with the following tracks:
The first song on the album titled “My Man (Mon Homme),” is an original french song from the 1920s. The song begins with a french-style waltz, then slowly emerges into a homage to the Sidney Bechet version of the tune.
“Sweet & Slow” was written by Harry Warren and recorded by Fats Waller. The song features a beautifully crafted harmony by our saxophone musician, Ryan Weisheit.
The next song, “My Melancholy Baby,” creates an elegant vocal and bass arrangement. The song features a horn choral underneath the vocal melody that establishes an early jazz feel.
“Under the Moonlight & When the Moon Covers Up the Sun” are two songs written by lead vocalist, Megg Farrell. The songs were made from the inspiration of creating more music about the moon. The band’s trombone player, Sam Chess, was utilized heavily in these songs to create a youthful and swing-type style.
Written by Jellyroll Morton, “Why” was learned by Megg while traveling through New Orleans. One week later, Megg learned the tune and immediately started performing it in New York. With guitar fingerpicking progressions and corn melodies, the song has a style that speaks for itself.
“High on the Mountain” has a focus on bass sax, which gives this jam a heavy groove. The song is mixed with bluegrass and jazz to create an old-time feel.
Who Walks in When I Walk Out was found by Megg while searching through the repertoire of Bob Willis. This fast minor track creates a hot jazz tune like no other.
With the use of drum trading, “I Cried for You” takes you right back to jazz and swing in the early 1920s. Originally played by Bille Holiday, the band has developed their own unique style of the song.
“Devils Gonna Get You” is a track originally played by Bessie Smith that features four members of the band. Megg was very inspired by Bessie early on in her musical journey, leading to the need to include this rendition.
Throw on your dancing shoes and join the band at the album release party on October 19th at Jalopy Theatre! Doors open at 8 PM and tickets are only $15!