Meg Myers originally hails from Tennessee's Smoky Mountains, so it's not a huge surprise that the 29-year-old singer-songwriter feels most at home in the south. "People are generally friendlier," she tells InStyle, before taking the stage at this year's Austin City Limits, an annual music festival held in Zilker Park on two consecutive three-day weekends. This year, Myers will be performing a medley of songs from her just-released debut album, Sorry, after completing her own headlining tour as well as stops at Governors Ball and Lollapalooza. Here, she discusses life on the road and what she packs in her suitcase.
This is your first time playing Austin City Limits. Are you excited?
Festivals are generally kind of hectic, but Austin is more low-key. At South by Southwest and Lollapalooza, there are more fans, and generally more luxuriousness. Down here is better for getting into a certain headspace before I play. The shows can be really intense, though.
What do you love about the south?
All of the greenery. I miss trees and grass. I also like that it's slower-paced.
What's the craziest thing you've ever witnessed at a festival?
Some guy got my signature tattooed on his arm once. I was like, "Are you sure you want to do that?" I’ve had people give me knives, because I said in an interview a while ago that I collect them.
When you're going on the road, what do typically take with you?
A lot of stage clothes and tennis shoes. I always have an electric teapot, because I have to drink warm water before I go onstage to steam my voice. And I can't read in the van, so I'll get audiobooks. Right now I'm listening to The Power of Now ($13; amazon.com). Performing can be so emotional, so I like listening to calming, meditative stuff to stay grounded.
What's one festival trend you never want to see again?
People wearing less clothing. I always err on the side of more. Being sexy is fine, but don't expose too much. Keep it somewhat classy.
Listen to "Lemon Eyes" below, and buy Sorry for $10 on the iTunes Store.