The guitar and I have had a great time together. I enjoy playing solo these days but it wasn't always the case. In the beginning of this journey, I was a string bean in Junior High hanging out with my 2 older brothers in their band THE SHADES. I went to practices, to gigs, I even got up on "Satisfaction" to play drums! That pretty much did me in.
I picked up my big brother Tom's bass guitar and turned on the Hi-Fi to learn the bass parts off of Cream albums. That laid my path for almost 20 years. Brother David had left his guitar behind a year later, that’s where I started my 6 string sojourn.
I was in my first band right out of high school. I was a bass player learning to sing. For the next couple of decades I was in and out of bands, usually ending up as one of the lead singers. I learned and lived a lot. I reached the end of that road and tried to quit all together but that old acoustic I had been playing wouldn’t let me go. I had been writing songs from the beginning and eventually my bands had started playing some of them even recording a few. Now bandless, I started writing more introspectively and it all started in church. Next came a duo with my buddy, a duo/trio with a female friend from work. We co-wrote some great tunes. Once that all fell apart, I figured I had a burn that was different than most other people and it was good enough for me to pursue this trail alone. Thats when Stephen Monroe emerged. I got a boost from some wonderful friends that ignited the flame further.
So here I am today, still pursuing my passion, writing songs, playing for some fine folks and having a great time doing it! I respect the audience. I always want to do my best every time I perform and bring a unique experience. Peace and Love and Happiness to you all.