Traveling at the Speed of Steve
Stephen Monroe (born Stephen Monroe Johnson) is a native Nebraskan singer, writer and guitar player. A self taught musician proficient on acoustic, electric, bass, lead and slide guitars. His music is a melting pot of all the great music that has graced his life; the drive of electrified blues, the passion of a heart wrenching ballad, rock-n-roll in all it's splendor, stories in a song. All these make music exciting everyday. The beginning is the foundation for today. Stephen's two older brothers (Tom and David) were in a band and took him to all their practices and gigs while he was still a young teenager. His first performance on a stage was when he filled in on the drums while the band's drummer got up front and wooed the girls. Later, he picked up his brother's bass guitar and started playing. For the next several years Stephen's musical entity would be a pounding, rock-n-roll bass player and singer, starting right out of high school. At the same time, he was learning the traditional guitar and started turning his poetry into songs. There developed two sides to his musical persona, the rock-n-roll bass player and the finger picking, slide playing minstrel in his buddies living rooms. Establishing once and for all his musical dichotomy. As time went on the acoustic playing writer would take over center stage in Stephen's musical assent. Several of his tunes had gotten into the playing lists of the bands he was in and two had been recorded on Big Dog Records (Drive it Home and Waitin' for My Train), but the thrill was gone. He cut his solo teeth at the local coffee houses and at church, where he started writing in a more introspective and self exploratory fashion. His relationship with his minister would be the catalyst for what he is today. So in an age of karoke sincerity, Stephen Monroe emerges with a passion born from the power of music's past and full of the future. He plays and sings with an intensity few can maintain and has more fun than is allowable by law in several of these United States. Stephen Monroe, a solo artist, a guitar player, a singer and writer of songs plays for YOU and wants you to feel good about spending your time with him. You can trust him to give you all he's got to entertain you and wants you to leave with one thought.......WHEN CAN WE DO IT AGAIN!