Country songwriter Angela Meyer to bring her storytelling to Goldfinch Room concert, talks about new album

Ronna Faaborg
Ames Tribune
Singer-songwriter Angela Meyer will perform a Goldfinch Room concert on the Stephens Auditorium stage on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Country music artist Angela Meyer will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the latest Goldfinch Room Iowa Songwriter Showcase concert at Stephens Auditorium.

To maintain a distance of at least 10 feet between groups, the Goldfinch Room concert has been moved from the lower-level listening room venue to the big stage at Stephens Auditorium, where Meyer and her audience will be located for the performance.

From Grimes originally, Meyer said Ames is “almost her hometown.” She now lives in McCausland, which she described as “a town of 304 people.”

“I feel like Iowa State has always been so prestigious to me, so to play on the stage at Stephens is so cool,” Meyer said.

She’s played professionally in the Quad Cities area for more than a decade now and has also played venues from New Mexico to New York on stages of all sizes, including the National Finals Rodeo events in Las Vegas.

Meyer knew at an early age that she wanted a career in music.

“My mom was in a country music cover band, and one of my earliest memories is looking at the smoke and the lights at the Iowa State Fair while music played in the beer tent,” Meyer said.

Her mom, Christa Meyer, put aside her music pursuits to be a stay-at-home mom.

“She didn’t give up her dream, but she let it morph into something else,” Meyer said. “For me, it made me realize that performing was what I want to do, and she’s always been really supportive of that. It’s cool for her to see this all come full circle now.”

First and foremost, Meyer wants to be a songwriter.

“For me, the most attractive thing about an artist is their story – their songs and their storytelling through those songs,” she said.

Her debut album, “Consequence,” is available everywhere music is streamed and sold.

Meyer expects her newest album, “Legions & Legends,” to be available in June.

“It’s all about the small towns of Iowa specifically, but also as I’m traveling, I mention towns throughout South Dakota and Montana,” she said. “The idea is wherever you go, it’s all kind of the same story, so it’s nice to be able to find home in little places like dive bars and that kind of thing.”

Singer-songwriter Angela Meyer will perform a Goldfinch Room concert on the Stephens Auditorium stage on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Meyer said she focused on people and places in the past three years since “Consequence” came out.

“Although it’s really specific, hopefully it will generally really speak to everybody,” she said.

In the last few years, her boyfriend’s father died.

“There are a few songs that reference him and the struggles that he had in life,” Meyer said. “And those are also some of the struggles that have been in my family – alcoholism and that kind of thing, where so many people can relate to that.

“So even if you don’t know the specific person or have never been to that specific town, I think country music really brings people together.”

People are coming together to help crowdfund the production of “Legions & Legends.” She and her band are halfway to their goal and halfway through their campaign. It’s also a pre-sale, with T-shirts and albums available.

The Goldfinch Room is supported by performance underwriters Bonnie and David Orth of Ames.

Reserved tables with seating for four people are available for $40. To purchase tickets, go to www.center.iastate.edu/events/angelameyer. Masks will be required to attend the event except when eating or drinking.

The Goldfinch Room is a listening room venue on the ground floor of Stephens Auditorium, which features songwriter showcases in an intimate venue. The latest concert is being held on the stage of Stephens Auditorium to allow more social distancing.