posted by Jared A. GodarSeptember 25, 20180 comments
We at FTNB have been friends and fans of Megan Palmer for quite some time. Known by many as that awesome fiddle player who plays with the likes of Darrin Bradbury, Tim Easton, and Amy Speace, Megan is an outstanding songwriter and singer in her own right.
Just about two years ago, we covered the release of her debut album, “What She’s Got to Give,” at the Basement East. While most artist tour behind their album releases, fate had different plans for Megan. Before closing the evening with an incredible version of John Hartford’s “In Tall Buildings“, she stood on the middle of the stage of the BEAST, got on the microphone, and announced she would be taking a hiatus immediately following that show to undergo a mastectomy and chemotherapy.
The video we are sharing this week is one she wrote while recovering. I remember she had several different looks while undergoing chemo with various wigs and hats. She managed to sneak up on me a couple times in her assorted disguises, but I quickly learned to look past the hair to her warm smile which remained unchanged throughout it all.
I recall discussing her experiences at the time: the good, the bad, and the ugly. With her characteristic grin, Megan leaned over and shared that one unanticipated side-effect was an improvement in her peripheral vision. Took me a minute. No hair to get in the way. Get it?
Today we are listening to “Stetson.” The premise of this one is straightforward, but powerful. It was written after Megan lost her hair to chemotherapy and was regaining her strength and confidence to return to normalcy. This transition required a number of props in the wig and hat department. This song describes the search for the perfect, killer hat—a talisman that would provide the strength and confidence needed to get back on the horse. What better hat than a Stetson for that?
Stacie Huckaba, East Nashville photographer to the stars and all-around kick-ass human being, was with Megan throughout her recovery. As ever, her camera was close at hand. She documented many intimate moments over these last two years, several of which appear in the video.
Megan released “Stetson” through Blue Rose Music, an artist collective and charitable organization. Proceeds from the song and the “Stetson” T-shirt will benefit Gilda’s Club of Middle Tennessee. They provide free cancer support to those diagnosed as well as their family and friends.
Without any further adieu, please enjoy. And stay tuned for a podcast of my interview with Megan about this project.