Regulars at Layla’s Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World in downtown Nashville have already discovered Sarah Gayle Meech. With a high-caliber cast of pickers and a talent for traditional songwriting, she’s been keeping the honky-tonk spirit alive in Music City. Her influences range from Glen Campbell to Carole King, yet you can’t mistake the country feel in whatever she records.
(By the way, did you spot her on ABC’s Nashville? When Jeff Fordham was scouting new talent on Lower Broadway, that was Meech commanding the stage.)
Next time the tip jar goes around, consider picking up a copy of her newest album, Tennessee Love Song, out March 31. In the meantime, help yourself to “Watermelon and Root Beer,” then read a Q&A with Meech below the video.
CMT Edge: “Watermelon and Root Beer” is such a fun tune. What sort of imagery were you hoping to capture when you wrote the song?
Meech: I wanted to capture the feel of summer in Tennessee … the hot, humid, sun blaring day time, when you’re just hanging out listening to music being lazy, sipping on anything that’s cool … and the nighttime summer sounds of crickets and cicadas whirring, lightning bugs dancing in starlight. I set out to create a song that captured the mood and the rhythm of my back porch in summertime.
What was it about this video treatment that got your attention? Where did you film it and how many of the people in the video are friends?
I made this video with my pal Cory B. Clay of the Jukebox Romeos. We had been talking about doing a video for a while, so we sat down over lunch and came up with the basic treatment. A good-timing, fun, summertime, backwoods kinda party, complete with 4x4s, barn dancing, blowing up watermelons, motorcycles, hot rods, the better things in life!
We filmed most of the video at my friends Josh and Adrienne Deen’s farm out in Hendersonville. The interior bar/stage shots were filmed at the delightful Christmas-themed dive bar Santa’s Pub here in Nashville. Everybody on set were friends, or friends of friends, or somebody’s cousin from up the road.
You titled your new album Tennessee Love Song and I know you do love it here. How does the landscape of Tennessee influence the way you write songs?
I’m very inspired by landscape and weather … the seasons here are so magnificent and diverse. The thunder and lightning storms here are really intense, the tornado warnings still freak me out. I lived in Los Angeles for many years, where the weather is great pretty much all year. So moving to Tennessee was the first time in a while I had experienced real season changes. I like change, it’s refreshing, keeps me motivated.