Stephen Monroe

A Shot of Bluz with a Rock-n-Roll Chaser
Stephen Monroe is a song writer, a singer and a guitar player. He truly loves these endeavors and the crooked path that it has put him on. Stephen’s musical journey began when his two older brothers let him come to their band practices and gigs. Next he proceeded to learn to play his oldest brother's bass guitar playing along with records. He started to pick up the six string in similar more methodical fashion. There was great music all around and he caught the bug. His first band was right out of high school, playing bass and singing, a pattern that he would follow for many years to come. Stephen was writing the whole time and a few of his tunes made it to the song lists and demos in some of the bands. Then it was time to step away. It didn't work anymore. Stephen started writing more introspectively and performing solo acoustic in church. For a time, he played with friends at coffee houses and bars and kept writing and playing that guitar. When he fog cleared, Stephen Monroe went solo. He followed his vision, passion and found his current path. Music creates a joy that works both ways when it is done with authenticity and heart. This musical journey has brought Stephen through many trying times and tricky situations. It also has allowed him to meet tremendous people. All these things give him the desire to give something that is fresh and of the highest quality he can muster. Stephen hopes you enjoy his musical efforts and it helps lift you up.

Discography

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  • Stephen Monroe
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    Role / Instrument:
    Singer, song writer, acoustic guitar player
    Influences:
    The British Invasion, Southern Rock, all the Blues, Rock-n-Roll, Soul Music, Woodstock, great old country, singer song writers
    Favorite Bands:
    Allman Brothers, Skynyrd, ZZ Top, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Rory Gallagher, John Prine, Tommy Emmanuel, Bubble Puppy, Charlie Robison, Junior Brown, Muddy Waters, Cream
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Photographs

  • The Banquet Brothers on the McTaggert Mansion Porch
  • Soaring Wings on the Patio
  • Boxer 500 - Team Logo
  • The Banquet Brothers
  • Taco Tuesday at The Emerald Isle Imogene, IA
  • With Steve King of 105.9 FM Bottoms Up Colon Cancer Awareness Show
  • MS Walk in Lincoln, NE
  • Sunshine
  • In the Old Market
  • Fund raiser Saturday Night for The Benson Community Garden. A little chilly but the people were wonderful.....had a ball!!
  • Mr. Monroe
  • My 3rd year of playing for these wonderful people that all came out to support Colon Cancer Awareness. I am a 4 year survivor so this means loads to me
  • In a Field
  • My second band I was in..GRAYZ
  • Opening for Voodoo Method
  • The Bridge
  • Out at the lake for the Colon Cancer Awareness walk Run THE BOXER 500
  • Slanty Steve
  • Always Pretty in Pink
  • Me and Old Guit...stole twice
  • Groovin'
  • The Other Picture for Travelin at the Speed of Steve
  • Night Time at Soaring Wings
  • In the Shadows
  • Old Promo Picture
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Press

https://www.indiemusicinterviews.com/single-post/2017/09/11/Stephen-Monroe

— Indie Music 10 Question Interview (Sep 11, 2017)

Stephen Monroe is a rocking, classic Blues-Americana artist based out of Omaha, NE. He is a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist. Steve sings across the genres and decades. Monroe delivers a truly authentic music experience, just a man and his acoustic guitar, singing the blues from a place that sounds confident and inspired; the performance is so intimate, he could be sitting right next to you on your front porch.

— Deer Springs Winery - Lincoln, NE (Mar 27, 2017)

Stephen Monroe - 'The Devil' Stephen Monroe is a rocking, classic Blues-Americana artist based out of Omaha, NE. He is a talented singer, songwriter and guitarist. Monroe first began his musical journey as a part of a band straight out of high school, but as the years rolled by he realized that it was time to step away and go out on his own, writing music that called to him and playing solo gigs and radio throughout the region. Following his vision as a solo artist, Monroe has created music that is classic and timeless. With his song “The Devil”, Monroe delivers a truly authentic music experience, just a man and his acoustic guitar, singing the blues from a place that sounds confident and inspired; the performance is so intimate, he could be sitting right next to you on your front porch. Stephen Monroe’s “The Devil” is a classic blues jam. At the start of the song Monroe brings us in with a traditional blues guitar riff, simple and steady. He begins the vocals in a comfortable lower range as if he's starting a story, “The Devil won this one again. I opened the door and let him in.” The chorus is downright catchy and even though he's talking about the devil, it somehow puts a smile on your face and has a feel-good vibe. As we enter the first verse, Monroe proves his ability to rock with the best of them as he shows off is upper vocal register with growing intensity and passion. Monroe's guitar playing offers riffs, rhythmic pulses, hard and soft strumming, and melodic mimicking of the song's melody. The lyrics build with emotion as Monroe confesses, "I have no answers, not a one. My life has changed and so have I." “The Devil” gives off that live performance feel reminiscent of the traditional recordings of this style of music giving Monroe a classic sound that will be loved by many. It's a great find for anyone looking for an old-school rockin’ blues song that is raw and stripped down. After listening to the composition of this tune, I realized that it could easily become a blues classic. I can hear it being played anywhere with blues musicians hopping in to play solos from saxophonists to electric guitarists and I can hear bass lines and percussion - and this is what good songwriting is all about. It's about writing a tune that others would want to play because when it comes to the blues - it's all about sharing the story and Monroe has written a classic blues tale about the a man and his demons that other musicians and singers will truly enjoy. And, of course, fans will enjoy it too.

— Bryon Harris Indie-Spoonful.com (Oct 11, 2016)

Live music by Stephen Monroe A fun-loving and talented musician, Steve, sings across the genres and decades.

— Prairie Crossing Winery - Treynor,IA (Jul 25, 2016)

Great Blues in the timeless style with original lyrics

— Music Arts Monthly - Oceanside,California (Sep 10, 2015)

In an age where so many bands are reiterations on the same theme, Stephen Monroe’s “The Devil” feels refreshing honest. Full of true grit and soul, the song has a raw intimate quality to it. Vocals are straight from the heart. Kept to the absolute basics the fidelity is pristine. With the guitar as his only accompaniment, Stephen Monroe works with the acoustic sound quite exquisitely. No electric guitar is needed for Stephen Monroe’s powerful voice requires no electric accompaniment: his voice is electric. Possessing a clever sense of lyricism the song moves forward with tremendous energy. Stephen Monroe "The Devil" Audio Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfsbHARR83E Careful guitar strumming introduces the song. The song describes how the devil won this one again. The idea of how evil can simply get into a person’s mind bringing misery and woe always seems to ignore the temptation of evil. From here Stephen Monroe’s voice twists and turns in pangs of spiritual agony. By evil blinding the vision of the good it becomes easy to simply let demons wins. As Stephen Monroe builds his voice up the guitar grows in intensity. Kept simple the song builds up purely with tension, anxiety, and frustration. Letting things stay so remarkably clear the lyrics gain additional impact. At times Stephen Monroe’s voice tries to become triumphant against the unknowable forces of evil. However hard Stephen Monroe tries to shield himself from the temptations it becomes too hard to resist. Harking back from an earlier era, Stephen Monroe creates a story of conviction on “The Devil”.

— Stephen Monroe - "The Devil" review by Skope Magazine - Boston, MA (Dec 16, 2015)

Hi Stephen - Thanks for sending the CD. I was impressed at first listen. The tunes have a cool acoustic sound, but there is a bit of an edge that keep you wanting to hear more. I will be starting some airtime tomorrow on my show, cool music and thanks again. Brian Bourgoin, Music Director WCNI - 90.9FM - Connecticut College Community Radio New London,Connecticut PS - Around 8AM last Sat. (E.S.T!) I played They Said Yeah and had one caller liking the song and wanted to learn more (I sent them to your website) and requested it for the upcoming week. The music is very cool and it is great for me to be able to support real, honest music such as what you are making. Thanks

— Brian Bourgoin, Music Director (Feb 5, 2014)

Ponchartrain by Stephen Monroe from the album "Driving The Sky Highway" (4:15) -- Stephen Monroe specializes in that down-home type of Blues and Americana and though I know for a fact he doesn't live in New Orleans, I always think that he does. Ponchartrain doesn't help with my misdirected confusion. It's a wonderful song, and Stephen is at his best when he skews toward the uptempo range of his output as he does here. Ponchartrain offers a lean-but-burning musical simile that's soulfully satisfying, a comparison of an ex-love to a devastating hurricane that's archly witty. Phrasemaking aside, I can't get enough of Stephen Monroe's acoustic blues guitar either. Fans of Leon Redbone and J.J. Cale will find enough in Stephen's works to dig on this

— Jivewired's Mike Canter (Oct 27, 2013)

Driven by an acoustic guitar sound, this music is a true melting pot of delicious blue tracks, ballads and rock 'n' roll tinged songs. Monroe's first encounter with this was during a musical concert by the band where his two brothers Tom and David, part of it. After some wanderings in various local bands, chose Stephen lawful for a solo career. Central to an acoustic driven blues sound that with his voice floated through the eight tracks inspire. Single "Waitin For My Train" was previously released on the Big Dog Records label. The opening track, "Sorry I Lost Control" sounds like a very old record. She cracks nice like in the good old days when the decks were still warm. All other tracks are at a sluggish pace crescendo rising. Sure enough there's no downside to detect weak on this release, which actually dates from 2004. And this option is already an art on its own.

— Keys and Chords (Jun 6, 2011)

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Gigography

  • October 2016

    • 1stdetails ↓McTaggert BBQ presents THE BANQUET BROS

      Saturday @ 7:00pm

      Emil and Paul Papke join me for a little gigging at the Family BBQ. Emil and I play together as THE BANQUET BROTHERS and I believe this will make Paul and honorary member!!
      Private
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.stepehenmonroe.com
    • 22nddetails ↓FARMFEST 2016

      Saturday @ 12:30pm

      2 day festival with music, crafts, kids fun and food!!
      I'll be there on the 22nd 12:30 and 5. lets Hippie out and do some good!
      Unadilla, NE
      http://www.nebraskamilkfest.com
    • 27thdetails ↓Standing with Standing Rock Fund Raiser

      Thursday @ 6:00pm

      Acoustic music to gather funds for the legal costs for the sight at Standing Rock to stop the Pipeline
      6056 Maple St
      Omaha, NE
      (402) 556-9090
  • February 2017

    • 5thdetails ↓Acoustic Sunday

      Sunday @ 2:00pm

      Great wine, beers, munchies and ME!! Playing for you from 2-5pm
      Soaring Wings Winery and Brewery
      17111 S 138th Street
      Springfield, NE 68059
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.soaringwingswine.com
  • March 2017

    • 1stdetails ↓Bottoms Up Colon Cancer Awareness Show

      Wednesday @ 7:00am

      Radio show with Steve King to raise awareness about Colon Cancer and how to get it right
      http://www.cd1059fm.com
    • 3rddetails ↓Leave Colon Cancer Behind Campaign Start Up

      Friday @ 5:30pm

      A little back ground music for a gathering of people involved with the new website, billboard, media campaign by The Great Plain Colon Cancer Taskforce and friends
      1301 Nicholas St., Omaha, Nebraska
      Tickets: Private Party
      http://www.coloncancertaskforce.org
    • 17thdetails ↓St. Patty's Midday Celebration at Maloney's

      Friday @ 12:00pm

      Playing at my friend Wendy's fabulous Irish Pub for a noon to 3 St Patty's Party
      1830 North 72nd St
      Omaha NE
      http://www.maloneysomaha.com
    • 25thdetails ↓Riverwood Winery Saturday Music Series

      Saturday @ 1:00pm

      My first time down south to this lovely winery. Check out the website for more info
      22200 State Route 45 N Rushville,
      MO 64484
      http://riverwoodwinery.com/
    • 31stdetails ↓Deer Springs Winery Friday NIght Music

      Friday @ 6:00pm

      A lovely family owned winery/venue on the outskirts of Lincoln Nebraska
      16255 Adams St
      Lincoln, NE 68527
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.deerspringswinery.com
  • April 2017

    • 2nddetails ↓KMA Live Radio for The Wabash Trace

      Sunday @ 1:00pm

      All kinds of acts playing live on KMA at The Wabash Wine Company
      800 West Ferguson Rd.
      Shenandoah, Iowa 51601
      Phone: (712) 246-3009
      http://www.wabashwinecompany.com
    • 22nddetails ↓Music at Cellar 426

      Saturday @ 7:00pm

      My first time with these fine folks in a lovely setting right on the other side of The Platte River. Please come by. Wold love to see you there!
      1402 Dennis Dean Road
      Ashland, NE 68003
      http://cellar426.com
  • May 2017

    • 13thdetails ↓MS Society Walk - Lincoln, NE

      Saturday @ 8:00am

      We'll be walking to bring awareness and raise some funds to STOP MS IN IT'S TRACKS! its fun and its important
      A few miles North of I-80 on HWY 34. The Park is just before all the businesses
    • 18thdetails ↓BBQ and Blues Thursday

      Thursday @ 6:30pm

      Great SW Iowa restaurant having some BBQ and Blues on Thursday nights
      901 Main Street
      Tabor, IA 51653
      http://www.waubonsiestation.com/
    • 27thdetails ↓River Wood Winery Saturday Music Series

      Saturday @ 1:00pm

      A great venue south of St. Joe
      22200 State Route 45 N Rushville, MO 64484
      816-579-9797
      http://riverwoodwinery.com
    • 30thdetails ↓Taco Tuesday

      Tuesday @ 7:00pm

      On the Wabash Trace Bike Trail with GREAT PEOPLE, FOOD and LIBATION!! Always fun....always a blast
      TACOS!!!!
      100 North Railroad Street
      Imogene, IA 51645
      (712) 386-2337 (712-FUN-BEER)
      Tickets: $0
      http://imogenesemeraldisle.com
  • June 2017

    • 3rddetails ↓Wabash Warm Up

      Saturday @ 11:00am

      I will be there puttin' down the boogie for the bikers. A great even with amazing talent all along the trail between Malvern and Imogene
      Where M-16 crosses The Trace
      http://www.wabashwinecompany.com
    • 17thdetails ↓Satruday Music at The Tasting Room

      Saturday @ 10:00am

      A great way to spend the morning. The Farmers market with wine tasting and some music from ME!
      803 Q Street
      Lincoln, NE
      http://www.jamesarthurvineyards.com/home/visit-javs-tasting-room-in-the-haymarket
    • 24thdetails ↓Jimmy Buffet Halfway Birthday Party

      Saturday @ 7:00pm

      Parking lot party for the Parrotheads of Omaha celebrating the half way to Jimmy Buffett's birthday...reason enough. Then also another REAL Birthday party....7 to 9
      4530 S 84th St
      Omaha, NE 68127
      (402) 331-9851
      Tickets: $0
    • 25thdetails ↓Acoustic Sunday

      Sunday @ 2:00pm

      Lovely outdoor setting above the Platte Valley outside of Omaha, a mere 5 miles south of I-80 and Hwy 50.
      17111 S 138th St
      Springfield, NE 68059
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.soaringwingswine.com/
  • July 2017

    • 15thdetails ↓Riverwood Winery Saturday Music Series

      Saturday @ 1:00pm

      Playing music sippin' wine vodee oh do!!
      22200 State Route 45 N Rushville, MO 64484
      816-579-9797
      http://riverwoodwinery.com
  • August 2017

    • 4thdetails ↓WRC Friday Music Series

      Friday @ 7:00pm

      I lovely community and a great venue in the quaint town of Brownville, NE. On the deck or upstairs, this is a warm and charming venue
      702 Main Street
      Brownville, NE 68321
      (402) 825-4601
      http://www.whiskeyruncreek.com
    • 11thdetails ↓Friday Night Funocity

      Friday @ 8:00pm

      Great Jimmy Buffet style restaurant with a great atmosphere, food and drinks! PLUS ME!!
      8 to 11pm
      173rd and Dodge Omaha, NE
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.cheeseburgerinparadise.com/locations/NE/omaha
    • 12thdetails ↓Standing Bear Neighborhood Party

      Saturday @ 6:00pm

      private party for ...you guessed it...The Standing Bear neighborhood!
      Standing Bear neighborhood
    • 15thdetails ↓Taco Tuesday - The Banquet Brothers

      Tuesday @ 7:00pm

      On the Wabash Trace with GREAT PEOPLE, FOOD and LIBATION!! Always fun....always a blast. My buddy Emil Papke will be joining me...Banquet Brothers and....TACOS!!!!
      Imogene, IA
      Tickets: $0
      http://imogenesemeraldisle.com/
    • 20thdetails ↓Boxer 500

      Sunday @ 8:00am

      Run walk for young and old alike for Colon Cancer Awareness. The Pancake Man is there in the tent with me!
      12356 Ballpark Way
      Papillion, NE 68046
      Tickets: Get a team together!!
      http://www.coloncancertaskforce.org/
  • September 2017

    • 3rddetails ↓I'M GETTING MARRIED!!!

      Sunday @ 1:30pm

      I'm marrying the wonderful Kay Marie Johnson. We will join together as man and wife on this day and continue or bliss for the future of our breathing. We have been together 7 years. I love her so!!
      Aspen Room Omaha, NE
      Tickets: Don't ask
      http://www.steveandkay2017.com
    • 13thdetails ↓RL- Living Stage Song Writer NIght

      Wednesday @ 6:00pm

      I live show broadcast to all the RL - Hotels across the country. An intimate setting of songs and story telling to bring you inside the artists experience
      72nd and Grover Omaha, NE
      https://www.redlion.com/hotel-rl-omaha
    • 15thdetails ↓Friday Night Frolic

      Friday @ 8:00pm

      Great Jimmy Buffet style restaurant with a great atmosphere, food and drinks!
      8 to 11pm
      Village Pointe - 173rd and Dodge
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.cheeseburgerinparadise.com/locations/NE/omaha
    • 23rddetails ↓Saturday Night at The Penthouse

      Saturday @ 7:00pm

      Cool lounge right in the middle of town. It's a great place to come and enjoy each other's company, a good drink and some Monroe Music. This place has some Parrotheads so there will be some Jimmy B in the play list
      4530 S 84th St, Omaha, NE 68127
      (402) 331-9851
      Tickets: $0
  • October 2017

    • 1stdetails ↓Acoustic Sunday

      Sunday @ 2:00pm

      Just South of Omaha on Hwy 50....wine, micro brew, munchies, a lovely outdoor setting....gig rain or shine. All we need is YOU!
      17111 S 138th St
      Springfield, NE 68059
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.soaringwingswine.com/
    • 13thdetails ↓Homegrown for NE Children's Home Society

      Friday @ 12:00am

      Music for a fund raiser in the taproom
      6950 South 108th Street
      La Vista, NE 68128
    • 19thdetails ↓Thursday Blues and BBQ Day

      Thursday @ 7:00pm

      Great restaurant with a great staff and drinks to match. Add a little guitar Americana Blues form yours truly and its a good night!
  • November 2017

    • 3rddetails ↓Friday Night by The Platte

      Friday @ 8:00pm

      8-12 on a Friday Night. First time there for me in quite a while. Drop in and have some fun with me by the big braided river
      21215 S Highway 50
      Springfield, NE 68059
      http://www.facebook.com/The.Heron.Bay
    • 27thdetails ↓RL Live Stage

      Monday @ 6:00pm

      A one hour show recorded and broadcast throughout the RL community. A big beautiful open space just begging for people to drop in and listen
      3321 S 72nd St, Omaha, NE
      (402) 393-3950
      Tickets: $0
      http://www.redlion.com/hotel-rl-omaha