Preview: Megan Jean & the Klay Family Band at Black Cat Thursday, Dec. 13th

By: Shelby Lum

The Americana duo, Megan Jean and Byrne Klay, has been taking over the Southeast music scene since they met in New York City in 2004.  The music industry has been littered with husband wife teams from The White Stripes, to the Weepies, to Arcade Fire, so what makes this married duo so different?

For starters, Megan Jean & The Klay Family Band, employs Jean’s deep, semi-theatrical vocals to differentiate themselves from all the other bearded folk singers bombarding the indie music scene.  She plays the washboard and he plays the banjo creating the perfect instrumentals to compliment their sometimes dark lyrics. Their instrumental repertoire also includes the upright bass, guitar, and a single kick drum.

They wander through the country, playing upwards of 200 shows per year.  From small bars to venues to festivals, these two fill rooms with their unique sound which is folk, bluegrass, a little bit of jazz, and a dash of soul thrown in.  The couple have been making splashes with their music.

Check them out at Black Cat Thursday, December 13.

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