What They Said

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

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

— Prairie Crossing Winery - Treynor,IA

Great Blues in the timeless style with original lyrics ”

— Music Arts Monthly - Oceanside,California

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. 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”.”

— "The Devil" review by Skope Magazine - Boston, MA

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. 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

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. 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 Connecticut College Community Radio New London,Connecticut

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

Driven by an acoustic guitar sound, this music is a true melting pot of delicious blues tracks, ballads and rock 'n' roll tinged songs. Central to an acoustic driven blues sound that with his voice floated through the eight tracks inspire. 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.”

— Keys and Chords

Music is his passion. Its who he is. Giving it to people to enjoy is what its all about. How and when is up to the situations that come along. Stephen Monroe is happy to be here and he wants you to feel the same way. Bluzy~ Rock-n-Roll~ Americana”

— Rich Harvest Winery - Syracuse, NE