Four Letter Word
Many four-letter words describe our world today. Stephen Garrett has chosen love. The weight of this world has not extinguished the light within him. This record, 'Four Letter Words,' is a raw witness to that. Stephen was born to a musical family in Livingston, Tennessee. His grandfather, Edwin, was a pretty mean bluegrass flat picker in his day, one of those guys born with an acoustic guitar in his hands. His father, Marty, played in and out of country and Southern rock bands all of his adult life. They all shared their gifts and inclinations with Stephen and his brother, Russell, who produced this record. Stephen and Russell have played in bands since they could hold down a I, IV, V chord progression and stand in front of microphones. Stephen has been a front man since he was in eighth grade. He went on to head country bands in high school and then on to an indie rock bands later on. Opportunities did not abound in Livingston as Stephen grew up, not professional ones anyway. Livingston is a farming and manufacturing town in upper, Middle Tennessee. But like all little towns, Livingston has always offered anyone there the opportunity to fall in love. People find each other and, away from the pressures of city life, have time to forge real ideas about what they've found. Stephen charts those optimistic waters and oft-confusing midnight skies on 'Four Letter Word.' This album is unapologetic, surly and risky when it needs to be, like on 'Someone To Love.' It's delicate and introspective against the seemingly insurmountable insecurities of not finding anyone on 'Everybody Knows.' It also pays the euphoria of a new found love on 'Why Don't We.' 'Four Letter Word' stands on the shoulders of Stephen's musical ancestry and looks beyond. Honest, unafraid and mature, this record shows a man's unwillingness to compromise in hard times. It shows a reverence for and devotion to love, that thing that really matters to us all in a world gone seemingly awry.