A lifetime performing musician living in Asheville since 1996, Stephen Evans plays with his band the True Grits, as part of a songwriters’ collective, and as a solo artist. As live shows begin to return to the region, folk-rocking Evans has scheduled an April 3 solo performance at Guidon Brewing. ” - Bill Kopp

Bold Life Magazine

Evans is noted for leading Stephen Evans & The True Grits, a folk rock band out of Asheville. In addition to performing throughout the region, they have produced a CD in 2015 and an EP in 2017, both receiving high praise from music critics and radio listeners. More recently, Evans joined the newly formed Western Carolina Writers, a singer-songwriter group that performs “in the round,” meaning each performing takes a turn singing something he or she has written. So far, there have been three he’s: Nick Mac, Jesse Frizsell and Evans. 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


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. Other tracks on the EP reveal how Asheville worked its way into Evans’ songwriting after his move. “I was just impressed with the surroundings here. When I got into hiking in the mountains, I found that it was very peaceful and relieved you of the stress of your day-to-day stuff,” he says. “Cherokee Hills,” in particular, recounts the healing he found in his new home. Evans sings, “Mountain laurel, you glow like a pearl / how you open my eyes / Mountain laurel, your flowers unfurl / and take me to the sky,” as a heavy, folksy waltz backs up the sentiment. Throughout the record, Evans’ bandmates in the True Grits pull the sound in the folk-rock direction they first explored in their 2015 debut, Something to Bleed. Brian Shoemaker (bass/lead guitar/backing vocals) and Sam Hess (drums) make a steady, unfussy rhythm section, while Woodstock (mandolin) fills out the music’s high end with tremolo lead lines and complementary chords. Former Mean Season guitarist Shawn Duxbury is featured in the lead acoustic part on “Waiting,” contributing an intricate lick over his old bandmate’s strumming. ” - Daniel Walton

The 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

You can expect Evans’ signature soulful guitar and roots-oriented accompaniment from the band. ” - Emily Glaser

Mountain Xpress

With solid vocals and dancing melodies, those in attendance can anticipate humming these tunes long after the final number. ” - Thomas Calder

Mountain Xpress

Stephen Evans would have to be number three on my list of Top 5. 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

“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 Loafer

His songwriting style is a blend of darkness mixed with hopeful optimism. There is no denying the heart that shines through his powerful vocals and lyrics. Songs like ‘Bleed’ and ‘Shining Star’ are beacons of the human emotional experience expressed through his songs." - The Loafer, Johnson City TN”

The Loafer

Live Shows

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.