Meg & The Right Sound w/ The Sporting Hill Ramblers
a lot of angst and a bit of soul
July 9, 2016 · 8:00pm
Meg & The Right Sound
The self-titled debut album from Meg and the Right Sound is a relentless dive into the human heart; its honest emotion captures a life at times chaotic but full of moments bright as tender gifts. Rich vocals, an optimistic beat, and energetic indie sound tell the story of what makes us us in songs that are both heartfelt and fun. “Our music is always searching. The ‘right sound’ we’re looking for isn’t just about the notes we play, it’s about trying to make sense of our multifaceted, messy lives. It’s about courage and hope just as much as regret and pain,” says Megan McDermott, lead vocalist and the driving force behind the band’s mesmerizing blend of soulful vocals, skillful harmony, and bright guitar.
Taking their inspiration from soul, indie folk, and the occasional burst of pop, MRS’s eclectic mix of genres is assertively carried by Megan McDermott’s powerful vocals. “I’m all about ‘the voice,’” says Helen Leicht from WXPN. “It gives the listener an immediate connection to their soul. Meg’s voice is stunning – soulful and warm. Fans of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Alabama Shakes will love Meg and the Right Sound. They are a band to watch.”
Meg and the Right Sound began as a duo in 2014, with Megan McDermott on vocals and Jason Sherman on guitar. With the addition of Chris Jakubowicz and Jeremy Bentley in early 2015, the band rounded out its already polished style with melodic bass and driving drum rhythms. “We were tired of the typical bar-band-music scene. Even when we started out playing covers, we played music we liked, not what was expected.” Today, the band plays original music, written and composed by Megan McDermott and Jason Sherman.
The friendship binding these musicians together is apparent in their on-stage energy and their music’s seamless blend of lyric, sound, and execution. “We like to have fun onstage – drinking, making music, making smiles happen,” says Chris Jakubowicz.
When they aren’t showcasing at Tellus360 or World Cafe live, MRS can be found playing music at local distilleries and brew pubs in their hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
The Sporting Hill Ramblers
The Sporting Hill Ramblers are a Lancaster-based four-piece band consisting of Dave Malone on Bouzouki, acoustic guitar & vocals; Doug Riley on mandolin, acoustic guitar & vocals; Jeff Coleman on accordion, acoustic guitar, mandolin and all other instruments that exist on the face of the earth (and he can sing as well). Lastly, we have John Eshelman on electric bass guitar with occasional back-up vocals when he feels like it.
Offering a wide variety musical genre, the SHR’s are currently concentrating their efforts on Irish music; however, expect to hear some cover songs from the likes of John Prine, Warren Zevon, the Beatles, Lyle Lovette, Tom Petty and of course, Da Dead during the show. With 200 years of combined musical experience, this band can pretty much do it all!