Sometimes, my immensely talented friends let me write their professional bios for them. While it’s not about food or farming, that’s exactly how I met Steph, of Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends. She was one of the Crop Mobbers a couple years back who I met while doing a story on the group. A few years later, we’re eating homemade chicken pot pie in her lovely dining room with her fiancee, Steven Horton. (They also met at that same Mob!) Steph’s got a beautiful talent for music, among many other things. Check out Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends on Reverb Nation and listen in. I’m partial to Coal – so moving. She also once did a live, banjo-picked rendition of The Knife’s Heartbeats that blew me away. Bio below.
Rooted in memories dancing to Johnny Cash with her grandfather as a kid in North Carolina, Steph writes about place and the transient idea that is home. Personalities reflect her inspiration: the plight of a coal miner, the defiance of a cross-dressing, Victorian cowgirl, the scorned lover. Together, Steph and her boyfriends deliver a haunting sound both unique and strangely familiar, fusing old Appalachia and top-shelf Americana.
Her ethereal twang feeds an audience, easing into the gut like honey, accented by hoppy banjo picking. Other songs—the more tragic, emotional ones—unleash a piercing moan that hits harder, like a cast iron pan dropped on the kitchen floor, throttling with a resounding pulse long after the music is over.