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Stephen Simmons

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Stephen Simmons was raised in the small town of Woodbury, Tennessee. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father held a factory job. In his family, they were the first generation that didn’t work the farm. As a songwriter and Ten years as a Road Dog, Stephen’s vision has grown to entail more than just reflections of rural America. The songs on his recordings, deal with existential realities that are familiar to country and city dwellers alike: redemption, heartbreak, hangovers and the loneliness of the road. Stephen’s records: Last Call, Drink Ring Jesus, Something In Between, The Blame’s On U.S., Girls, The Big Show and Hearsay (which were compared to everyone from Johnny Cash to Ryan Adams) combine virtuosic songcraft and musicianship with unparalleled artistic honesty. His work has been covered by Mojo Music, Uncut, and The Washington Post.

Simmons released his debut studio album, Last Call, in 2004. “Lay On The Tracks”, a standout track from Last Call, was a winner at the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Last Call was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, picked up and released by Rounder Europe Records; followed by three more Rounder Europe releases and extensive touring in Europe. As a Songwriter with Television credits (Sons of Anarchy) and as a steady road act (over 700 shows in past decade in ten countries) Simmon’s continues to evolve as an artist. His most recent albums have been released by USA indie label Lower 40 Records and in Europe on Germany’s premiere roots label; Blue Rose Records.

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  • gpwind

    Lots of albums are on my Bandcamp Page that aren't on Last.FM. Lots of free downloads as well of live shows from various tours and radio shows: http://stephensimmons.bandcamp.com/

    17 Feb 7:50pm Reply
  • gpwind

    working on shows for Norway, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland for later in 2012. www.StephenSimmonsMusic.com

    17 Feb 7:48pm Reply
  • nitty_look

    Long Road is very catchy!

    17 Feb 1:44pm Reply
  • gpwind

    Audio for my new album: HEARSAY is done....not sure of a release date yet, we are still working on finishing artwork and deciding when an official release can happen. But you can go to my bandcamp and catch plenty of new live show for free downloads that feature the new songs: http://stephensimmons.bandcamp.com/

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gpwind

    Wrapping up the new album this summer: check out previews at: www.StephenSimmonsMusic.com

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • PhilBe

    New album 'The Big Show' is great and available pre-release via Stephen's blogsite http://stephensimmonsmusic.com/wordpress/ .....it's great!

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • leoalexus

    I can't stop listening to "Long Road". The first and last verses are pretty much word for word how I feel at the moment. Great song!

    7 Nov 2010 Reply
  • livinamystery

    I've had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Simmons perform on 2 occasions...and I was sincerely amazed at the absolute authenticity of feeling he expressed in each and every song. Generally, an artist tends to lose some of his lustre in person...but Stephen Simmons actually sounds as good, if not better, in person. Go see him, if you can. You'll see what I am talking about.

    19 Mar 2010 Reply
  • orkstrtdkaos

    Just listened to "Long Road" and really enjoyed it. Good job dude.

    29 Jul 2009 Reply

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