“…beneath this sweet exterior lurks a rock ‘n’ roller. ”
— Frank de Blasé, CITY Newspaper
Nashville-based guitarist, songwriter, and singer, Meg Williams, performs at notable venues across the country with her full band, as a solo/duo act, and as a guitarist for other artists. She competed in the 2019 International Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN), representing the Kentucky Blues Society after winning the Kentucky Blues Challenge. Meg was additionally selected as the house band director for the International Women in Blues Showcase during the IBC's. Shortly after returning to Nashville, after a very eventful week in Memphis for the IBCs, Meg signed with Nola Blue Records and went on to record her full length album, ‘Take Me As I Am: The Muscle Shoals Sessions,’ at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals. Meg’s album has since been played on Sirius XM’s Bluesville and radio stations world-wide – 'Take Me As I Am' has reached #27 on Top 50 Blues Album Charts & #9 on Top 50 Blues Rock Album Charts (Roots Music Report). Meg's song 'Little Bit of the Devil' reached #2 Top 50 Blues Rock songs & #9 Top Blues Song (Roots Music Report). Earning high respect and feedback internationally, ‘Take Me As I Am’ won a Bronze Medal for the 2019 Global Music Awards.
Meg recently performed at the 2019 Ann Arbor Blues Fest, as a guitarist & bassist for blues legend and festival headliner, Benny Turner (brother & bassist of the late Freddie King). She additionally performed at the 2019 Tall City Blues Fest (Midland, TX) & main-stage at 2018 Venice Blues Festival (Venice, FL). She has also performed at the Tennessee Motorcycle & Music Revival at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch and the Smoky Mountain Songwriter’s Festival. Meg is set to perform at the inaugural Lone Star Blues and Heritage Festival, joining forces with blues legend Benny Turner again after rave reviews of their last performance. She is also set to perform at the 2019 Island Hopper Songwriter Festival, the 2020 Cincinnati Guitar Festival, and the highly selective 2019 Nashville Guitar Community Showcase.
Meg has been interviewed & featured on Blues Radio International during the Blues Music Awards (BMA's) in Memphis, TN with percussionist Kirby Newman, Knoxville’s WDVX Blue Plate Special (3x), and most recently, Acme Radio Live (Nashville, TN), on 'Gear Gab' with Eric Dahl. Meg has performed at notable venues nationwide, including: 3rd and Lindsley (Nashville, TN), Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar (Nashville, TN), City Winery (Nashville, TN), The Stanhope House (Stanhope, NJ), Rockwood Music Hall – Stage 2 (NYC), BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups (St. Louis, MO), Knuckleheads Gospel Lounge (Kansas City, MO), Sam’s Burger Joint (San Antonio, TX), Lafayette’s (Memphis), BB King’s Memphis (Memphis, TN), and many, many more.
In addition to leading her own band & performing as a solo/duo act, Meg can also be found teaming up with other Nashville-based artists: Meg tours frequently with Jenny Teator and Sheridan Gates as an acoustic songwriter trio – bringing a piece of Nashville to listeners nationwide through a unique song & story experience at house concerts, intimate listening rooms, studios, schools, guest-teaching, SoFar Sounds, Summer NAMM booths, and sold-out venues. They perform their own songs & co-writes (many songs written with each other!), adding 3-part harmonies, guitar solos, and the stories behind the songs. Meg also teams up with blues-rock belter, Lauren Anderson, as both an acoustic duo act and full band, sharing lead, harmonies, and original songs – they bring a highly sought after energetic, blues-power house duo that is a force to be reckoned with – with plenty of humor and laughs in the mix. They have performed at notable venues & events, including: Knuckleheads – Gospel Lounge (Kansas City, MO), BusCall (Nashville), Isis Music Hall (Asheville, NC), Mojo’s Boneyard (Evansville, IN), and City Winery (Nashville, TN). Meg additionally performs with session and touring guitarist, songwriter & co-writer, Terry ‘Goose’ Downing – they have shared the stage at historical Nashville-based venues, including: 3rd & Lindsley, Douglas Corner Cafe, and Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar. Meg & Goose additionally co-wrote the song ‘Tell Everybody’” on Meg’s latest album – it has reached the blues-rock song charts several times, and is consistently complimented as the ‘crowd favorite.’
Meg is also in high demand as a side-woman & nationally touring guitarist for other artists, when she has a rare off night with her own projects. She has performed at Cheyenne Frontier Days, CMA Fest, Tennessee Motorcycle & Music Revival, Old Rock House (St Louis, MO), The Blue Note (Columbia, MO), finalist of the ‘Play at Pilgrimage Festival’ competition (Nashville, TN) and many other venues as a side-woman, and has been featured on TV (Today in Nashville), radio, and studio recordings as a guitarist for other artists.
When Meg is not performing (which is almost never), she enjoys teaching guitar throughout the greater Nashville area (beginner – advanced lessons), graphic design (creating and maintaining all of her own websites, posters, & social media), co-writing with artists in Nashville, supporting other musicians & shows, and constantly booking her own shows, working hard to keep a full calendar year-round. It’s a lot of hard work and dedication, but Meg enjoys every aspect of the music business.
“Meg Williams balances her big guitar playing with a sweet and sultry vocal style and razor-sharp lyrics… ”
— Rick J Bowen
Past notable performances:
- 2019 Ann Arbor Blues Festival w/ blues legend Benny Turner (Ann Arbor, MI)
- 2019 Tall City Blues Fest (Midland, TX)
- Winner of the 2018 Kentucky Blues Challenge (competed in the 2019 International Blues Challenge - Memphis, TN)
- House Band Director for 2019 Women in Blues Showcase (Memphis, TN)
- 2018 Venice Blues Festival (Venice, FL)
- Red Gorilla Festival (Austin, TX)
- Blues Radio International during the BMA's (Memphis, TN)
- Tennessee Motorcycle & Music Revival (Hurricane Mills, TN)
- Stanhope House (Stanhope, NJ)
- 3rd & Lindsley (Nashville, TN)
- Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar (Nashville, TN)
- Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 (NYC)
- Knuckleheads - Gospel Lounge (Kansas City, MO)
- BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (St Louis, MO)
- Smoky Mountain Songwriter's Festival (Gatlinburg, TN)
“Many people say that Nashville is a 10 year town -- Meg Williams fit 10 years into 3.”
— Eric Dahl, Acme Radio Live