Megan Jean-vocals, guitar, stompbox, Washboard queen.
Byrne Klay-upright bass, banjo
One of the hardest touring acts in America, The Devil herself and husband Byrne, Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band are constantly on the road bringing their unique brand of Americana to eager ears.
Like a metal band if it was 1927, and at an all-night dance party with the Devil Herself.
The pair met in New York City in 2004 and quickly became disillusioned with the music-mill mentality that dominates the city. Feeling lost in the shuffle, Jean and Klay decided to sell all their possessions, quit their day jobs, and hit the road full-time, focusing on the Southeast. Fourteen shows turned into 200 a year and a newfound home-base in Charleston's burgeoning music community. While on the road, the pair forged their unique sound, which has been described as "...a wealth of gorgeous tunes that brilliantly [merge] American roots music with exotic elements of Euro/gypsy styles." (T. Ballard Leseman, Charleston City Paper)
Calling the road home on a "never-ending tour" with an anchor firmly planted in the Lowcountry, this transient duo has taken DIY lifestyle and transformed it into a kind of Voodoo that unites scenes, fans, bands, clubs and musical styles-all without the help of a label and fueled by sheer guts and know how.
Recently featured on my Popakazooza The Lost Mix
Fall Tour dates in support of their latest release ‘The Devil Herself’
Highland Place, Maplewood, NJ, US
Parker Pie Company, West Glover, VT, US
Charlie-o's Worldfamous, Montpelier, VT, US
The Fifth Estate, Brooklyn, NY, US
The Parlour, Providence, RI, US
Rondout Music Lounge, Kingston, NY, US
Hat City Kitchen, Orange, NJ, US
Martin's Downtown, Roanoke, VA, US
The Pinhook, Durham, NC, US