Western Carolina Writers Showcase

at the grey eagle, asheville, NC

Stephen Evans played at the Western Carolina Writers showcase with 8 other singer-songwriters from the WNC area.  It was a beautiful night of 3 rounds of an in-the-round style show.  Pictured is the first round:  Katie Leigh, Stephen Evans, and Ashley Heath!  The show also featured Jake Burns, Christina Chandler, Ciaran McMeeken, JP Jangles, Kathryn O'Shea, and Hannah Kaminer!  (Photo by Jon Edwards)

gofundme added to record new album "buzz of bees"

Hello all! 


Stephen Evans here. The True Grits, and I are raising money to record, mix, master, and release our new album, which will be called "Buzz of Bees." This will be our 3rd album release, but this one is extra special because we are doing it all in a real professional studio in Asheville, NC called Side House Records to make this record sound as great as possible.

We have everything recorded!  All we have left is mixing, mastering and manufacturing.   Anyone who contributes $10 or more, will receive a download of the new album, and other merchandise like past albums and T-shirts in relation to the amount of their support if they want. No contribution is too small or large. :) Everyone who contributes and lets us know their name will get credit on the album notes! 

A little information about the album: This will be an 11-song album we are aiming to release by December of 2022.  The True Grits consist of my friends: Brian Shoemaker on bass/lead acoustic guitar/backing vocals, Woodstock on mandolin, and Sam Hess on drums. Guest musicians are more friends: Katie Leigh on violin, Aaron Price on Keyboards, and Derrick Johnson on trombone.  Engineering and mixing will be done by Julian Dreyer.  Mastering will be done by Adam Matza of Magic Ears Mastering .

Thank you in advance to all that contribute!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!     https://gofund.me/a47260d8


Recording is finished! mixing and mastering is next!

Brian Shoemaker was excellent with backing vocal tracks!

Brian Shoemaker joined me and Julian Dreyer in the studio at Side House Records to complete his backing vocal tracks and some small touch ups on my lead vocals. Shoemaker did an excellent job!! And now all we have is mixing and mastering, and then we work on getting it out to you!

Thanks again EVERYONE! The Beehive has come through in such a huge way! Thank you!!!

Keyboards & trombone session complete!

Recording Session #4 is finished

All I can say folks is WOW!

Aaron Price on keyboards and Derrick Johnson of Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band on trombone created some magic for the songs they recorded with us. Holy moly! I cannot wait for y'all to hear what they and everyone else has done for this album. My pics of them aren't good, but the music sounds incredible. So keyboards and trombone are complete and all we have left is harmony vocals and some lead vocal touch ups (recording June 19th), and the recording part is done! Then on to mixing, mastering and manufacturing. Yes!! I can't wait! All thanks to The Beehive!


Lead vocals, violin, and rhythm guitar are in the can!

What a day Sunday was!!

A mega-productive day at Side House Records!

Sound engineer extraordinaire, Julian Dreyer, and I got the day started by finishing up my guitar parts on 5 songs. Then I finally added my lead vocals to the mix of all 11 songs! It felt so good to get all of those tracks down!

The best part of the day was adding Kate Bryant's violin parts on 5 tracks. She absolutely smoked that recording session! I just can't wait for you all to hear what she did! Incredible stuff!

Now we just have to add keyboards, backing vocals, and Trombone (1 song), and recording will be done. 

Next is mixing, mastering, manufacturing, and RELEASE! 

It's not too late to be a part of something special! Support the making and release of our album while reserving your own copy and getting your name listed in the album credits! 

You can contribute here: GoFundMe Link 

Thanks to all that have contributed so far!  You are making this happen! 

Much love! 

Stephen Evans & the True Grits

Tin Roof Echo, Scott Stetson, and Stephen Evans at Great Wild Nowhere

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Great Wild Nowhere, 122 Riverside Dr Suite A, Asheville, NC

The boys are back it with another Songwriters in the Round style show, and this time is at Great Wild Nowhere, Asheviile, NC! Scott Stetson, Tin Roof Echo, and Stephen Evans will take turns playing their original music with some fun collaboration. 8-10pm Thursday, August 11th. Come out and hear 3 of Asheville's premier songwriters. Scott Stetson: Born and raised in Rochester N.Y. Scott had an early start by playing in some of Rochester’s most popular clubs while still in High School. Scott has played in multiple Asheville, N.C. bands, including the Dirty Badgers and Cat & Crow. Scott enjoys the opportunity to share the stripped down, emotional side of just a voice and acoustic guitar. Crafting honest songs about love, life, murder, and broken hearts. Tin Roof Echo: Asheville-based singer-songwriter Joe Hooten has been playing his style of folk music as Tin Roof Echo since 2014. Hooten has released seven albums of original music and is prepping his next album for summer 2022. Currently he's performing solo, with Asheville's all-star punk band PINKEYE, and with Black Mountain's legendary Dark City Kings. Stephen Evans: 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 powerful vocals and lyrics. Songs like ‘The Garden’, ‘Cherokee Hills’, ‘1000 Roses’ and ‘Shining Star’ are 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, as well as shows around the Carolina region, Stephen Evans & the True Grits are becoming a local favorite. A new record is on the way for December 2021 so they look to continue that trend.

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