Megan Peeler: My Favorite Country Music Singer

        Johnny’s Music Store is our local music hangout.  (The old timers still call it Johnny’s Jewelry and Pawn)  It is a good place to relax.  They have a fine easy chair right next to the Martin guitars.  Sometimes I’ll take a nap there at lunch. They know my schedule and always wake me up in time to make afternoon office hours. 

        One day a new young lady bounced in.  Johnny pulled her aside.  “Hey, Megan, you need to meet Dr. B.  He’s our local music critic.  Plays mandolin with Neuse River.  He’s the gray haired one over in the easy chair by the Martins.”

        She walked over and Johnny introduced us.  “Doctor B, this is Megan Peeler.”

        “Nice to meet you sir.”   This was a country kid with a nice southern drawl.  We shook hands.

        “You need to go catch her show, Doc.”  Johnny said.

        “Where you playing, kid?”

       “Over at the college for the Poultry Association.”

        “They gonna have good food?”

        “The best.  I played it last year.”

       “O.K.  Sure.  I’ll come by.”

        When she left I turned to Johnny asked, “Can she sing?”

        “Dang right she can, Doc.  Won the Colgate  Country Showdown.”

       “The national contest?”

        “Yep.”

        “Wow.  I reckon she can.”  With those credentials, it didn’t take much for John to convince me this was a must see artist.

        Still, even with the heads up I was unprepared for the energy of her performance.  This was a cute kid, but far more than just a new girl singer.  She had a powerful voice.  The show was a mix of both country classics and her original compositions.  She played guitar and keyboards.  Not but a minute into the show I fished around for a pen and began to take notes on a program.  

         In spite of her young age, Ms. Peeler was already a skilled performer who connected with her audience right away.  Pretty soon, the old folks smiled and the young ones danced.  From a musician’s perspective it was clear she had more than than an informal background.  As it turned out she was a magna cum laude grad in Music Therapy from Appalachian State University, so she had plenty of formal music education.

        We got a chance to chat afterwards.  I was impressed this was a young lady who was not so much into the star mentality but one who loved music.  For Megan, music is a medium for human communication.  She was all about a good show, but also interested in composition, theory, harmony structure, and the power of music to heal.  I told her I played the nursing home circuit and she said she had enjoyed doing some shows like that in her journey.  She engaged her audience and addressed the crowd like she was playing a church picnic, but at the same time was a very serious artist. 

        It brought to mind Wayne Benson’s thoughts on John Cowan.  Wayne toured with Cowan a couple years and he said the man always wanted to entertain to the best of his ability. (which is considerable)  If they had a disappointing turn-out Cowan never let up.  He’d say “we can make eighty just as happy as eighty thousand.”  Megan Peeler strikes me as a pro like that too.

        It has been a while since I’d thought about Megan, but there was an article in our local paper today that she’d landed a gig on national television.  She’s gonna sing the National Anthem in Atlanta to open a NASCAR race.  Way to go Megan.  Folks, if Doc mangled the Star Spangled there’d be a revolution to change songs.  (or at least artists)  It takes a real singer to tackle that one, but Megan can do it.

        We never forgot her around here after she came through and did that Poultry Association gig.  If they tell you at Johnny’s Music a new artist is worth your time to go hear you can count on it, and Megan is all that and more.  Y’all look for her on national T.V.  One of these days if I am in Nashville on a book promo I’m gonna see if she’ll sit in with me and sing a tune at the book store.  Her venues grow bigger every year, and by then the young folks might mob the place.  But I suspect Megan Peeler is gonna stay down to earth regardless of how far her star rises.

        And by the way, if Megan Peeler says the Poultry Association can cook up some mean chicken take her word for it; it was good.

        Look for her her on the Cable Speed Channel Atlanta NASCAR race this Saturday, March 7th at 1:30.

        Her web site :   www.myspace.com/meganpeelermusic

Dr. B

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16 Comments on “Megan Peeler: My Favorite Country Music Singer”


  1. […] Dr. Tom Bibey’s Weblog placed an interesting blog post on Megan Peeler: My Favorite Country Music SingerHere’s a brief overview        Johnny’s Music Store is our local music hangout.  (The old timers still call is Johnny’s Jewelry and Pawn)  It is a good place to relax.  They have a fine easy chair right next to the Martin guitars.  Sometimes I’ll take a nap there at lunch. They know my schedule and always wake me up in time to make afternoon office hours.          One day a new young lady bounced in.  Johnny pulled her aside.  “Hey, Megan, you need to meet Dr. B.  He’s our local music critic.  Plays mandolin with Ne […]

  2. drtombibey Says:

    Don’t know where this one came in from. Of course, when a performer goes national….

    Dr. B


  3. Dr. B,
    It’s so admirable and inspiring to see young musicians who actually have a drive with their art that’s about more than fame. Those that want to get a message out or at least just show people a good time, those who actually studied something and have good brains as well as good fingers and voice-boxes, those people are the ones that make you feel as if you’re close to their music. When it’s all about the publicity or the stardom it just becomes empty. And empty music is sad to hear.

  4. drtombibey Says:

    ms slightly,

    Music is a tough business, but I think Megan Peeler will make it. She will be the type to use her talents to make the world a little bit better place.

    She’s nice kid too; I hope for the best for her.

    Dr. B

  5. Billy Says:

    Megan sure sounds good. Seems like a down to earth girl also. Hope she stays that way, helping people out with her music and all.

  6. drtombibey Says:

    Billy,

    I am a bluegrass guy and Megan is a country artist, but the genres are close cousins. She is as real as bluegrass.

    Dr. B


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  8. drtombibey Says:

    Lord have mercy Megan. Wherever you are today you are lighting up the Internet.

    Dr. B

  9. Larry Says:

    I couldn’t agree more with your comments about Megan Peeler. I do hope she had a wonderful day today at the NASCAR event. She has a dream and if she keeps her hand on the tiller and holds her steady she will bring it home..!
    She’s great people and I think the world of her… I hope I can help her to realize that dream one day.

  10. drtombibey Says:

    Larry,

    She did a fine job on the Star Spangled Banner today, and she is a nice kid too.

    I was lucky in life and got to do almost everything I wanted to, so I like to see the young people get their chance, too.

    I hope for all the best for her.

    Dr. B

  11. Smitty Neuse River Pres. Says:

    Doc, I might have to watch some NASCAR this afternoon just to hear Megan sing. A person has got to have it together to sing the anthem. I would be little better that pitiful.
    We got the concert in last night. Each group could sing 14 songs and then all came back for 6 more. Great turnout. I would say around 2,500 at the most. I have never heard Paul Williams and the Victory Trio but they made an impression on me.

    Our fiddle player keeps me up to date on your reviews.

  12. drtombibey Says:

    Smitty,

    It was my first NASCAR truck race, but Megan made it worth my time for sure.

    I am like you, no one would want to hear my version of that one; it is hard to sing.

    I agree with you on Paul Williams. One time I reviewed one of his CDs and the editor said, “Doc, it can’t be that good.”

    When he listened to it he agreed with me.

    Dr. B

  13. dellanioakes Says:

    Doc, I saw your comment on my Second Wind post and decided to drop by. I liked your article about Megan. I’m not a big country fan, but I’ll look for her music.

    I will say this, though, the best concert I ever went to in college was Willie Nelson. I got dragged there kicking & screaming when my friend’s mom got sick & couldn’t go. My friend wasn’t going alone, so she took me with her. Willie was touring with Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard (I think). I can’t remember who opened for him, this is going back nearly 30 years, but Willie came out and played part of a set with them & then played his own. All in all, I think they played almost 4 hours. I’ve been a Willie Nelson fan ever since.

  14. drtombibey Says:

    Hey dellannieoakes,

    Thanks for dropping by. For the most part I am a bluegrass guy, but I like Megan’s work. Very genuine young’un she is.

    My wife is a big Willie fan, too, and he could flat put on a show. We don’t know him, but by all accounts the man does love to play. The guy lost three fortunes, but I think he made four.

    Dr. B

  15. Megan Peeler Says:

    Hey y’all!
    It’s Megan! Just dropping in to say hey! I don’t think my head will fit through the door after reading all these nice things y’all are saying about me! I’ve sure got y’all fooled….and I love every bit of you!
    Thank you!!

  16. drtombibey Says:

    Ms Megan,

    The nice thing about you is you haven’t let it go to your head. Lord child if Doc could sing like you I reckon Ms. Marfar would have to give me a talking or a whupping one.

    The Good Lord knows what He is doing, ’cause I never would have doctored a single day if I’d been a great singer.

    We are all here for a reason. I tell my pal Darin he was born to play the mandolin and I was put here to be a Doc. I have no doubt you are here to sing. (And play too)

    Good luck in your travels. I’ll catch you on the bluegrass road and we’ll sing a country song at a book store one day.

    Dr. B


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