Stephen Evans and The True Grits
Born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, Florida by musical parents, Stephen Evans naturally had the desire to perform music at an early age. He began by forcing his friends to watch him perform to records of his dad’s band, Four Saints. Stephen eventually learned to play the trumpet in various school bands, sang in the choir, and performed in musicals which increased his passion.
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 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 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” with his band, The True Grits. The True Grits, friends he’s known since the early 2000’s, are Brian Shoemaker (bass/lead guitar/backing vocals), Sam Hess (drums), and Woodstock (mandolin). They are on “Something to Bleed” 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’).
After performing around Asheville and parts of the Southeast solo and with the band in support of the 2015 release, Stephen Evans & The True Grits are releasing the new EP, “Under A Bridge” in late September. The record will feature 5 songs of folk rock, and will be available online and on CD. Meanwhile, look for performances by the band and Stephen all around the Southeast.