Above is a video featuring some clips from places I've hiked and camped in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.  Below are some photos of the past month.  I spent about 3 weeks straight living in my tent out in the desert.  I wrote, played my guitar, looked at the stars, hiked up canyons, and spit a little sand.  It was truly rewarding and refreshing.  This year has been so busy, and I finally allowed  myself to soak it all in.  And even though I didn't have too many "real" gigs this month, I have played more than ever at parties, jams, and around campfires...

 

My tent is in the lower left of this panorama shot... 

 

Grinding stones from tribal peoples...

 

Petroglyphs...

 

 

 

Canyon walls... 

 

 

 

A most excellent campsite...

 

Ravens' nests on the cliffs...

 

A closer look at the ravens' nests...

 

Dragonfly... 

 

Burros...

 

And then I took a trip to a friend's farm in Southern California.  There were lots of fruit trees in fruit.  Avacados, Persimmons, Kumquats, Cherimoya, Oranges, Jelly Palm, Guavas, Pomegranates... 

 

 

The fertile orchards are such a stark contrast to the desert...

 

Sunrise...

 

 

Sometimes I like to climb up on my minivan...

 

 Now I'm back at The Ranch playing catch up with emails and booking in-between stacking firewood...

 

My friend Timbo took this photo at The Ranch in the morning light...

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone this week.  I hope you are all finding some gratitude in your life!  I am thankful everyday to be here on this earth; writing songs, stacking firewood, sleeping in a van, meeting new people, sharing food, breathing, walking, singing... on and on.

Thank you for reading the blog.

 

 

Greetings from the Canyon Tour!

Saturday I'll be doing a live-stream radio interview on John Talk Radio at 6PM eastern time AND Tuesday I'll be playing in Newport Beach at The Blue Beet at 6PM western time.  Tonight I'll be playing around a campfire with my friends at The Ranch Party.

17 days and 3000 miles on the road and all is well.  I've had some time to reconnect with some friends across the country and play some shows ranging from intimate house concerts to crowded breweries to quiet campfires.  It all started in Chicago...

Playing this funky little venue with Joe Stevens...

Then there was Colorado to New Mexico where it rained fairly steady for a week.  In between shows I was checking out rocks, mountains, and canyons...

Camel Rock

 

The Rio Grande.  I walked down to the river to Manby Hot Spring where part of Easy Rider was filmed.  I spent part of the time soaking and part of the time wondering if my van would make it back up the muddy road I drove in on! (I made it)

Hot pools on the river.

Bridge over Rio Grande. Taos, NM

Big Horn Sheep.

Red Door Brewing in Albuquerque, NM

Rainy day sunrise in New Mexico.

Ship Rock coming right out of the ground.

The Grand Canyon.

It's hard to take in the vastness of the Grand Canyon.  I camped here for a couple nights.  I hiked about 8 miles along the rim and 2 miles down into the canyon, which is barely skimming the surface of this place.  

 

Camping on public land in the Mojave.  There are so many wide open free public spaces in the west to camp.

Now I'm in California at The Ranch Party with lots of friends, musicians, and new people to meet.  It's nice to be parked for the weekend.  I hope you are all doing well out there!

Peace, Love, & Canyons.

Megan Bee 

The summer is wrapping up in Ohio.  The bittersweet pull of the road is tugging on my tires.  I have a brand new album, a brand new old van, and a list of places to go.

I released my new album this week with a heartwarming show in Athens at Casa Nueva.  It sure makes it harder to leave when there are so many lovely people there...

 Playing with Chris Biester. photo credit Shei Sanchez

And then it was off to Yellow Springs, OH for a lovely backyard concert...

photo credit Summer Bair

When "Like a Canyon" arrived, my living room turned into a shipping office as I sent CDs off to all of the Kickstarter supporters who funded it.  As I went down the list I was reminded of all of the people who made this album happen.  I am blessed...

It's available digitally HERE!

 

The album was recorded at Peachfork Studios in Pomeroy, OH and mastered at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, WA.  It was produced by Bernie Nau and myself.  It features guest musicians from the Mountain Stage Band: Ryan Kennedy, Ammed Solomon, and Steve Hill.  Plus Joe Stevens, Bernie Nau, and John Borchard.  I'm really happy with it, and I think you're going to enjoy it.

Besides finishing the album, I spent much of my summer shopping for a new old van.  My '99 Caravan that I took across country twice last year was starting to become unreliable.  One of the issues was a lack of AC and a driver's side window that wouldn't roll down.  That made for some really sweaty drives.  So after test driving and kicking tires all summer, I finally pulled the trigger.  Here is my 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan...

I'm just starting to settle into it.  My brother is helping me modify my old bed to fit into the new van.  I'll share some more pictures when I'm fully moved in...

I've got lots of packing to do today and then it's off to Chicago for a show.  Then on westward from there.

 Before I left Athens, a photo student from Ohio University named Matt Starkey asked to do a photo story on me for a school project.  He came to a couple of my shows and visited me at Blue Eagle Music. The following pictures are all from Matt... 

 

 

I'll see you all out there!

-Megan

Another summer has come and brought opportunities to co-write with kids at local libraries and camps.  Most of these songs have come from less than 2 hours of being together.  In that time we have a crash course in melody, creative writing, song parts, and teamwork...

 

 

I've been using the word "support" so much lately.  Once I launched the Kickstarter campaign I had to start asking folks for their support.  It's big and scary to set a goal, make it public, and ask for help.  Everyone is watching and there are so many stigmas about asking for help, especially when you're asking for money.  

 

 

 

 

For the past few months I've been writing, working on guitars, and resting up a bit.  I've been recovering from a case of tendinitis in my wrists since November.  I've sought advice from massage therapists, osteopaths, and patient house plants...

Read on for wild softball game in the desert and a giant rock in the road...

 

 

Happy December everyone!  I'm nesting in Ohio for most of the winter.  I've done so much traveling this year that staying in one spot feels like a great new adventure. 

There's a new album in the works, and for now I offer up this single. "That's Enough"...

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After many miles, I am happy to report that I have played some great shows, driven some long hours, seen some beautiful places, and safely landed back in Ohio...

wild horses, oceans, deserts

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Beautiful places, spontaneous events, and lovely people...  

 

 

hippie busses and more!

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What a journey!  Here I am in Fort Collins, Colorado after a cross-country drive, a week at Rocky Mountain Song School, and a string of shows.  The trip has been full of lessons learned...

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