Megan Jean and the Klay Family Band

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  • July 6, 2014
  • Kevin Oliver of Columbia Free Times Feb. 4, 2014
    Then there's that voice, a foghorn of emotional truth…powerful and occasionally profound, with a sometimes chilling tone that gets under your skin and crawls around as it rips a room full of listeners apart (Read More)
  • Free Geek July 30, 2013
    the overall sound is one that is unique to the band. It’s a sound made up of hypnotic, yet perfect, banjo phrases and the constant beat of the kick drum. Over that is the washboard which in some cases is just keeping time while in other places it provides a much greater degree of swing then one would expect from such a simple instrument. And then of course there is Megan Jean’s voice. Rich and full and powerful enough to strip shingles off a roof with out ever faltering in the slightest. It’s th (Read More)
  • David P of BoyAndroid May 6, 2013
    It’s a brilliant lyric among brilliant lyrics. It’s a moment—not uncommon during a Megan Jean set—when you are taken back. She glares at you maniacally while her husband destroys the banjo, and you feel like something special just happened. (Read More)
  • David P of Word Krapht March 12, 2013
    Her voice is that special kind of menacing, backed by a steady guttural beat that thump thump thumps like the march of the dead. It’s Americana, sure, but it’s more ghostly than it is patriotic, more haunting than it is folk. It’s wonderful and unique and damning and something that you absolutely have to listen to, right now. (Read More)
  • Paul Bowers of Charleston City Paper March 10, 2013
    Seriously, though, the KFB has been a road act for years now, with North Charleston acting as a launching pad for their epic, years-long tours. In a phone interview last week, Klay said relocating was a tough decision. "I love Charleston; I love it more than anything," she said. "And literally the only reason why we're leaving is because we pass through Atlanta 10 times as much as we pass through Charleston. I have to pick up merch and not got 300 miles out to the coast anymore." (Read More)
  • Tad Dickens of Aug. 8, 2012
    This year, the buzz around the fest was for Megan Jean and the KFB (Klay Family Band), a remarkable duo from Charleston, S.C. Though it is just two people — husband/wife team Megan Jean and Byrne Klay — the act puts up a mighty ruckus of sound with guitar, stompbox, washboard, upright bass and banjo, with Megan Jean Klay’s vocals and lyrics giving a ton of depth. (Read More)
  • Brian Tucker of Star News June 26, 2012
  • Brian Tucker of Star News June 26, 2012
  • T. Ballard Lesemann of The Charleston City Paper May 5, 2012
  • David Stringer of SceneSC May 5, 2012
  • Steve Wildsmith of Feb. 29, 2012
    Performing — as they’ll do Saturday at The Well in Bearden — is all they have, and so they approach it with a sense of urgency and frenzied reverence that tells fans everything they need to know about how much the couple believes in what they’re doing. (Read More)
  • William Haun of The Blue Oct. 5, 2011
    More recently, the eclectic-multi-instrumentalists Megan Jean & The Klay Family Band have made their mark and it’s safe to say that they play as important a role in Macon’s music scene as any of our local bands. Over the past few months, they’ve played in our houses, bookstores, on the streets, in smoke filled bars and quiet all-ages venues but their hard work has payed off. On any day of the week, there’s a good chance that you’ll find someone walking around the city wearing one of their shirts (Read More)
  • Jansen Cumbie of The Charleston City Paper Nov. 3, 2010
    With Megan Jean on guitar, washboard, and stompbox, and her husband Byrne Klay on upright bass and banjo, Megan Jean and the KFB play a unique brand of gypsy-tinged Americana with hints of rockabilly and Delta blues on their new 11-song collection. Megan Jean's deep voice and Klay's bass work are the highlights here. (Read More)