This young East Tennessee native first picked up the banjo at age nine. She has developed into quite a good player and is currently part of the Tyler Williams Band based in Johnson City, Tenn. She has also become a very good songwriter, as this all-original debut proves. Produced by Steve Gulley, the project includes some top musicians, such as Tim Stafford, Jason Burleson, and Ron Stewart. Gulley also plays bass, with McKamey on banjo, Burleson on mandolin, Stafford on guitar, and Stewart on fiddle. Also included is Dale Ann Bradley helping out on harmony vocals.
McKamey wrote or co-wrote all of the selections which includes the title cut “Here’s Your Goodbye,” as well as “Love’s Circle,” “I’ll Be Fine,” “Don’t Go Steppin’,” “Tennessee Moon,” “Rosa Lee,” and “Better Off Alone.” She will also soon be fronting her own band in support of this project. McKamey has a pleasing voice that fits quite well with her songs, and the instrumental arrangements provide a strong support. She has a love and feel for the traditions of bluegrass and is still able to come up with her own sound and delivery. (Megan McKamey, 367 Wexford Ln., Blountville, TN 37617, www.meganmckamey.com.)BF