Stephen Evans & the True Grits
Folk Rock Band/Singer-Songwriter
After a music career restart, in June of 2015, Stephen Evans released his debut LP, “Something to Bleed”, with his band, the True Grits. In 2017, they released their EP, "Under the Bridge". Both records received local and regional praise for their passion, creativity and sound. The True Grits are Brian Shoemaker (bass/guitar/vocals), Sam Hess (drums) and Woodstock (mandolin).
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 striking beacons of his folk rock songcraft. With local radio play on WNCW 88.7, 98.1 The River, and the local online radio station, Buzz Radio Asheville, many shows all around the Carolina region, Stephen Evans & the True Grits are becoming a local favorite. With a new record on the way for Fall of 2021, they look to continue that trend.
Press / Reviews
"This is true listening music: you have to listen to and hear the lyrics to truly appreciate the performances, which is known to be deeply emotional, passionate, and rib-sticking. Evans’s strong melodic songwriting style is a blend of creative imagery of darkness and hopeful optimism.” - Steve Wong, New-Times
“The music on Under the Bridge does show its roots in the middle of the 1990s. Although the instruments are mostly acoustic, the jangle of guitar and Evans’ expressive tenor evoke the era’s grunge aesthetic. The results on songs such as “Waiting” give a vibe not unlike Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged set, or the Foo Fighters’ Skin and Bones acoustic album." - Daniel Walton, Mountain Xpress
“There are two main moods to Something to Bleed, the new 10-track album by local musician Stephen Evans — the energetic folk-rock found on lead offering “The Ghost” and the more wistful, lilting melodies of songs like “1000 Roses.” Evans’ tenor is emotive and more concerned with ache and character than with polish. His vocal is matched at many points by poignant violin. The local singer-songwriter does a nice job of crafting imagery and matching instrumentation to poetic temperament. ” - Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress
His songs are melancholy soliloquies that speak of broken hearts, woes and unrequited love. The track that I liked the best was “The Ghost.” The vignette is about a scorned, disembodied soul that haunts the conscience of the woman who rejected him. These lyrics work either figuratively or literally. The track features violin as does “Lasting Lover’s Spell,” other recordings by Evans."...” - Fredrick Gubitosi, Shutter 16 Online Magazine