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Cool Megan and Cool Water

Photo by Brittany Kaleka

Join the X this week for the timeless sounds of  Megan Nash, plus an excerpt from Diane Warren's Governor General award-winning novel "Cool Water".

summer_megan.jpgListen to Megan on CBC Music.




















 Megan Nash flirts with folk and punches pop in the face while wrangling soul-tinged roots. Raised in rural Saskatchewan, Nash spent her childhood singing along to Reba McEntire and listening to her mother's hits of the 80's compact disc collection. In her late teens she bought a guitar and started to write songs. Performing, writing and singing quickly became her passion.

 Megan Nash has been performing for four years.She was commissioned by SaskTel to co-write the new Saskatchewan Roughrider song "Ride On". She released a full length album in the fall of 2011 produced by David j Taylor at Twisted Pair ProductionsPerformed in Vancouver at the Riderville Pavilion during the 2011 Grey Cup celebrations.Her songs have been featured on radio stations throughout the Golden West Radio Network and the CBC. Toured Saskatchewan and Alberta (Craven Country Jamboree, Mae Wilson Theatre, Songs for Supper 1, 4 and 5, Telemiracle, etc.)Performed at the grand opening of Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw.

Today's concert is from a gig where Megan was the opening act for David. j.Taylor's CD launch concert, which coincidentally was held at the CBC Galleria in Regina. Here's some press about Megan:


"Her voice has an ageless quality to it that could place her anywhere between 21 to 55." -Gull Lake Advance.

"Now with a released CD to her credit, and a work ethic that will keep her focused, the future looks bright for Megan Nash" - Joyce Walter for Moose Jaw Express

"Her stage presence is brimming with charisma and audiences always have fun when Megan is performing." - Rural History and Culture Association. 


warren book.jpgDianne Warren


A first-time novelist, Dianne Warren is best known for her short stories and plays. One of her three published plays, Serpent in the Night Sky, was a GG finalist in 1992, and she has written several radio dramas for CBC. She has published three short story collections - one of which, Bad Luck Dog (1993), won three Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her stories can also be found in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines. A long-time resident of Saskatchewan, she brings to her writing an honest portrayal of people in rural communities, conveying their subtle complexities and deep attachments to family farmland. Dianne Warren was born in Ottawa, and is currently living in Regina.

Here's how her publisher describes her 2010 Governor General award-winning novel "Cool Water":

"Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-of-an-eye kind of town -- the welcome sign announces a population of 1,011 people -- and it's easy to imagine that nothing happens on its hot and dusty streets. Situated on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills, Juliet and its inhabitants are caught in limbo between a century -- old promise of prosperity and whatever lies ahead.

But the heart of the town beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the foundling who now owns the farm his adoptive family left him; the pregnant teenager and her mother, planning a fairytale wedding; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for one another; a camel named Antoinette; and the ubiquitous wind and sand that forever shift the landscape. Their stories bring the prairie desert and the town of Juliet to vivid and enduring life.

This wonderfully entertaining, witty and deeply felt novel brims with forgiveness as its flawed people stumble towards the future."