Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by musical parents, Stephen Evans naturally had the desire to perform music at an early age. He started very young forcing his friends to watch him perform to records of his dad’s band, Four Saints, in his childhood bedroom, and then learning to play the trumpet in various school bands, singing in the choir, and performing in musicals.
Inspired by his brother, Scot Evans, and his regional success in the band, Floating Men, Stephen started his own rock band, Mean Season, in the late 80’s where he began honing his songwriting skills on the guitar. After a few years of local success and radio play in Tallahassee, FL, his band moved to Atlanta, GA to try and develop into something bigger. Unfortunately, the band broke up which left Stephen to try his hand at writing and performing solo around Atlanta.
Soon the jammed highways of the big city drove him to the mountain town of Asheville, NC in 1996, where he quickly began soaking in the creative influence of his new amazing surroundings. After many years of vacillating between being a professional musician and being building a nest in Asheville, Stephen is finally focused on his love for creating and performing music.
In June of 2015, Stephen finally released his debut CD, “Something to Bleed”, and is now touring as much as possible in support of the record. The True Grits, Brian Shoemaker (bass/co-producer) Sam Hess (drums) and Woodstock (mandolin), are his band on the CD along with special guests Halli Anderson of River Whyless (violin/backing vocals), his brother, Scot Evans of Floating Men (bass on ‘1000 Roses), and his mother, Barbara Evans (backing vocals on ‘Sound’).
Stephen’s songwriting style is a blend of darkness mixed with some hopeful optimism. There is no denying the heart that shines through his powerful vocals and lyrics. Songs like ‘1000 Roses’ and ‘Shining Star’ are beacons of the human emotional experience. With some local radio play on WNCW 88.7 and 98.1 The River, and upcoming shows with the True Grits as well as solo around the Southeast, be sure to check out this music.
Album notes: “Something to Bleed” by Stephen Evans and the True Grits
After years of putting his music career on hold, Stephen Evans has finally released his debut CD, "Something to Bleed". This record is a sweet blend of dark, brooding rock and fun, uplifting grooves. With solid vocal melodies and delicious dancing counter melodies, one will find themselves humming these tunes long after the music has stopped playing. The lyrics are creative and pull you into dark, romantic scenarios then send you spiraling upward with hope.
The album features Stephen Evans (acoustic guitar / lead vocals) with his band, the True Grits, backing him up.
The True Grits: Brian Shoemaker (bass / lead guitar/ tambourine), Sam Hess (drums), and Woodstock (mandolin).
Special guests: Halli Anderson of River Whyless (violin / backing vocals), Scot Evans, his brother, of Floating Men (bass) on the song '1000 Roses', and Barbara Evans, his mother, (backing vocals) on 'Sound'
"Stephen Evans (#3 performer) capped an upbeat performance with some great lyrics." - Brown Bag Songwriting Competition, Asheville, NC [+]