Recently setting sail on a nationwide tour that started in California and concludes in Philadelphia, Bay area musicians Megan Slankard and Jeff Campbell will perform a free show at 8 p.m. Monday at the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W. Fourth St.
Accomplished singer-songwriters on their own, Slankard and Campbell started touring together a few years ago after meeting backstage at a gig in San Francisco.
The rock duo embarked on two previous tours in the east, selling out venues such as the Tin Angel in Philadelphia and The Living Room in New York City.
Together, solo or with their respective bands, the two musicians share a common bond - performing.
The rock 'n' rollers enjoy staging acoustic shows together and performing original compositions, with complimentary background harmonies and vocals, along with many covers.
This year has marked an especially busy and exciting time for Slankard, who recently finished filming a music video for her upcoming release, "A Token of the Wreckage." The singer-songwriter said the whole experience was both fun and anticipated.
"The whole experience blew my mind," she said. "... and even though it was expected, it was a lot of work, but tons of fun."
The album, which is expected to be released in March, has been three years in the making. Slankard said although the songs feel very real to her, they're not autobiographical.
"I felt very connected to the music and writing," she said. "My hyper-sense of imagination really shows on this album."
She said the overall theme is finding the light in dark situations.
Slankard, who has sold more than 20,000 copies of her previous three CDs, self-produced her first album at the age of 18. Counting Crow's guitarist Dan Vickrey helped produce her third release and her second, ''Freaky Little Story,'' remains a Top 20 all-time rock bestseller on CDBaby.com.
She also has been featured in Rockgirl, Owl and Acoustic Guitar magazines.
In addition, Slankard co-wrote and performed on the title track of Dire Straits founding member David Knopfler's record ''Ship of Dreams" and has performed in more than 200 cities in five different countries.
Although being a full-time musician is fun and exciting at times, it's also a lot of hard work. The California native said she is extremely lucky that she has a very supportive family, which allows her to chase her dream. In regards to her touring partner, Slankard said Campbell is both musically intense and fun to be around.
"It's great to share the stage with someone who shares the same enthusiasm," she said. "We are like-minded and have the same musical sense, which makes it a lot of fun."
Campbell, who is a native of Philadelphia and has roots in Williamsport and Jersey Shore, said his family and friends will tell you he is doing what he truly loves to do. Although he performs with his band three to four times a week, Campbell said the show at the Bullfrog is extra special.
''It's always great to come back to the area and play for family and friends,'' he said.
Campbell's style is a mix of raw rock and winding, lyrical melodies and even though the rocker's musical taste is vast, he said his music, as a whole, possesses a distinct classic rock influence.
After moving to the Bay area in 2004, Campbell started writing, recording and performing as front-man for the San Francisco-based rock band Pine & Battery. The band's new album "2," which was released earlier this year, focuses more on song structure and vocal melodies.
According to Campbell, the latest effort is a bit more raw and edgy.
"The album has more of an indie rock feel to it," he said. "... with the same electrical current and persistence to make great music. "
Existent projects for Campbell include the release of an EP and a solo acoustic album in the spring.