Stephen Evans & the True Grits - Folk Rock

Stephen Evans & the True Grits

Folk Rock

 Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by musical parents, Stephen Evans naturally had the desire to perform music.  He began by making his friends watch him perform to records of his dad’s band, Four Saints. He progressed by playing the trumpet in various school bands, singing in the choir, and performing in musicals. 

 In his 20’s, Stephen was inspired by his brother, Scot Evans, who was the bassist/vocalist in the regionally successful band, Floating Men, from Nashville, TN.  So 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, the band moved to Atlanta, GA to increase their success.  Unfortunately, the band broke up, and left Stephen to try his hand at performing solo around Atlanta.

 Soon the jammed highways of the big city drove him to the beautiful mountain town of Asheville, NC in 1996, where he quickly began soaking in the creative influence of his amazing surroundings.  After many years of vacillating between being a professional musician and being building a nest in Asheville, Stephen has focused on his love for creating and performing music.

 In June of 2015, Stephen released his debut CD, “Something to Bleed”, with his band, the True Grits.  The record received local and national praise for its passion and creativity.  The band members are Brian Shoemaker (bass/electric guitar)  Sam Hess (drums) and Woodstock (mandolin), 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’). 

 The latest EP release, “Under the Bridge” came out in 2017 to positive reception and local radio play as well.  This record was engineered by Kyle Corbett, who can occasionally be seen joining the True Grits to provide colorful lead guitar for the live band shows.  The EP has 5 songs that range from rock to folk rock and describe an appreciation of Stephen's time in Asheville. Shawn Duxbury, Stephen's former bandmate in Mean Season, is a guest Grit performing lead acoustic guitar on the song 'Waiting'. The last track, 'A Rose for Emily', is a cover song written by Jeff Holmes & the Floating Men, and is based on the short story by William Faulkner of the same name. 

Stephen’s strong melodic songwriting style is a blend of creative imagery of darkness and hopeful optimism.  There is no denying the passion that shines through with his powerful vocals and lyrics.  Songs like ‘The Garden’, ‘Cherokee Hills’, ‘1000 Roses’ and ‘Shining Star’ are beacons of his folk rock songcraft.  With some local radio play on WNCW 88.7, 103.7 WPVM, and 98.1 The River, and upcoming shows with the True Grits as well as solo shows spreading around the Southeast, be sure to check out what Stephen Evans wants to share with you.

Live Shows

Previous events

Stephen Evans on WHUP Pass the Hat

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WHUP 104.7 FM, 117 W. King St., Hillsborough, NC

Stephen Evans plays on the radio of WHUP 104.7 for their Pass the Hat program on Friday, January 29th, 6-8pm EST! Livestream is here: You can listen online here: And for those in the area of Hillsborough, NC, you can listen at 104.7FM on your dial as well! Pass the Hat Fridays at 6:00 pm Kim Lane, Kirk Ridge, and Bob Johnson bring the best in live music radio to WHUP Fridays from 6-8 pm. The fun-filled show features live performances by North Carolina music legends as well as up and coming talents. Guests reveal insights on their compositions, share the music that influences and inspires them, and tell stories of their musical adventures. Live, unscripted and often unplanned – just friends hanging in the living room having fun, adult beverages and all. See whats coming up on future shows, see the livestream, and join in on the conversation on our facebook page ( ). Many songs from early shows are available on our youtube channel ( )

Stephen Evans at Archetype Brewing Co.

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Archetype Brewing Co., 265 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC

Stephen Evans performs solo acoustic at Archetype Brewing in West Asheville for their Sunday Sessions series on Sunday, December 27th, 3-6pm. This will be 3 sets of original folkrock music from both records as well as newer songs that will be on the upcoming record to be released in 2021. This is an indoor show so please be safe and wear your mask and social distance. If you can't be there in person, the show is viewable on Facebook Live on these pages: Online tipping is available via Venmo: Stephen-Evans-56 PayPal:

Stephen Evans at Archetype Brewing Co.

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Archetype Brewing Co., 265 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC

Stephen Evans plays Sunday Sessions at Archetype Brewing Co. in Asheville, NC on Sunday, December 6th, 3-6pm. Most likely this show will take place social distanced indoors unless it is unusually warm.

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