Meghan Hayes review…May 29, 2019….

MEGHAN HAYES

SEEN ENOUGH LEAVERS

CRANKY HEARTBURN MUSIC  CHM 53072-03

GEORGETTE–SEEN ENOUGH LEAVERS–THIS SUMMER’S SLEEPER–BURLEY–POTHOLES–CORA–BIRTHDAY IN THE PAWNSHOP (MORRISTOWN)–SECOND TO LAST STAND–NEXT TIME AROUND–STORY OF MY LIFE

Meghan Hayes is a brilliant East Nashville songwriter who has just finished her third album, this one a collection of ten originals entitled “Seen Enough Leavers.”  Meghan had just gotten a divorce after a twenty-year marriage, and these songs feature elements of pain and loss, which would be expected in such a situation.  However, Meghan takes things a bold step forward with this material.  As you listen, you’ll find some silver linings in the clouds, along with the faintest glimmer of sunshine peeking over the horizon to signal the hope and salvation that comes with each new day.

The title cut speaks volumes.  Set over Audley Freed’s 12-string guitar, Meghan’s “Seen Enough Leavers to know he won’t  be back,” while proclaiming that “Time’s the fastest thing I know, it’s run away with everything I’ve had to show,”  Bad memories surface in “Potholes,” where “we’re just done shoveling us out when another one starts.”  She closes the set with her own accompaniment on acoustic guitar and Derry DeBorja on accordion, as she spins a somber autobiography, where I’ve been out looking for the light” becomes “The Story Of My Life.”

Undoubtedly, tho, the set’s centerpiece was “A Birthday In The Pawnshop (Morristown).”  It deals with a young girl from a broken home whose adult life fares no better, until her tragic “farewell party of meth and wine.”

Human emotions and their complexities often force one to cope in the best way they know how.  For Meghan Hayes, she poured out her heart into the songs of “Seen Enough Leavers” and brought us all along for an incredible ride!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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