Where the corn grows tall and cooks down clean, clear and pure. Out here we do things our own way – the old way. We live the Simple Life, here. One day at a time, we prepare for the seasons to come.
Take a ride out here in the country. Climb the mountain and you just may decide to stay; pick up your fiddle and move to Stephenson Rd.
The music here is as pure as the spring water and honest as sunshine. It’s as infectious as country livin’ and as welcoming as a hot cup of coffee and a slice of apple pie. So, go ahead, grab a cup and a slice and share it with your friends. You just might decide you want to live on Stephenson Road, too.
“Stephenson Rd is a mixture of musical styles influenced by literally centuries of music, sound, stories and culture. “The Road’s” sound was born decades ago in some dark holler of West Virginia and given a name in 2001 at Small Barn Sound just South of Nashville, Tennessee
Since that time, there has been a “revolving door” of musicians involved in this authentic alternative music project. Musicians from all over the Tennessee Valley have played very important roles along the way. Any number of them are likely to band together at any moment for new excursions into the untamed wilderness of experimental music.
C Bret Campbell’s influences range from the 300 year old spirituals of the Appalachian settlers to classical composers of the late 1700’s through today. Swing and jazz, country and rock, acid test, punk, pop and electronic sounds are likely to be heard in the tunes that come from the Barn.
As a child, the Campbell home was always filled with music from by Tchaikovsky, Handel and other great composers as well as pop and rock standards from the 50’s forward. When I wasn’t spinning records from the esoteric collection of my parents, I was at my mother’s side on the piano, playing trumpet or other brass instruments.
At home, at church and at school, I was always playing with some sort of instrument, or sneaking around and figuring out how to use the PA and recording equipment I came across in the music rooms, sanctuaries and auditoriums. Mom being choir director at the church, and elementary music teacher who worked closely with the school band directors made it easy to gain access and introductions to mentors in every aspect of performance and production. Some of it stuck.
My music is most often likened to that of John Prine, Chris Kristofferson, Pink Floyd and The Grateful Dead. It has been said I sings like Eddie Arnold, Johnny Cash and at times, Tom Waits.”
Other sojourners along this road include Stephen Clower, Travis Clower, Jeffrey Scott, Louis Bahor, Kevin Cottrell, and Chip C-ward Ramsey as well as independent hip-hop legend J Smo of B.U.N.K.S. Several others make appearances on occasion. These musicians are spread out and gather at Small Barn when they can or collaborate online when the music insists on being done immediately.
C Bret Campbell is owner-operator of Small Barn Sound, co-founder and v.p. of Middle Tennessee Music, moderator of several music communities on google plus. He has acted as co-anchor of “Indie News at Noon.” He has made short appearances on “Nashville” and “Dumb and Dumberer 2.” He is a published author and also writes for several independent music sites covering reviews, social media, independent promotion, legal issues and many other topics important to indie musicians.