News From Stephen

January 2008

Greetings from Austin and a brand new year! I bring news to you all my friends and todo el mundo about a big show coming up soon in Fort Worth, Texas. I'll be playing Friday, January 18th at the Bass performance Center, McDavid Studio at 8 pm. Wow, me and my band and a horn section in an actual concert hall! Please spread the word and be sure to be there if you can. If you're in Austin on Saturday, the 19th, we'll be doing again at the Saxon Pub at 8 pm as well. You might as well make it a weekend!

December 2007

Now available from www.eldoradorecords.net “Ted Greene Remembered”, a tribute to the legendary guitarist and beloved teacher.Featured artists include: Tommy Emmanuel, Laurence Juber, Lee Ritenour, George Winston, Dan Sawyer, Anthony Wilson, Mark Goldenberg, Jay Graydon, Phil deGruy, Steve Ferguson, Stephen Bruton and a John Pisano-Ted Greene duet. Produced by Tom Bocci with liner notes by Barbara Franklin and the players themselves.

Proceeds from the sale of "Ted Greene Remembered" will benefit http://www.tedgreene.com, a Website devoted to sharing Ted’s guitar teachings worldwide. Please visit to learn more about Ted Greene and his life’s work.

November 2007

Well folks, where do I begin? Maybe it's easier to start over. It was a strange year. I had a bout with throat cancer that took most of the year. I've had 2 follow ups that have been pronounced "clear". Let's let that suffice instead of the long winded version...

A month after treatment at MD Anderson in Houston I pulled it together enough to be the musical director for the Road To Austin concert by Freescale Semiconductors. Aside from the crème de la crème of Austin talent, my old friends Kris Kristofferson, Delbert Mc Clinton and Bonnie Raitt showed up to PLAY! It was an incredible show and the reviews were over the top. The two most often remarks made to me were that either the show was the best concert in 10 years or the best show ever in Austin. No lie. Now that's gratifying! After the concert I went back to healing up for the next 3 months.

My year just started for me when I was able to get back and start playing. I did a short tour in September, dubbed the "Victory Lap Tour 2007" with Yoggie and Tom Fillman. We did the Pacific Northwest down through Los Angeles. It was a great time for me both musically and restoratively. It was tiring and my voice was not respondidng like it used to, but hell, I've never been known for my vocal prowess. I just get the point across and I'm happy to be able to do that. The tour had several highlights for me. In Portland, Oregon, we had a capacity crowd at the Mississippi Studios and pretty much played my entire repertoire. Close to a 3 hour show. What a great audience! We played other places and I'm anxious to go back to all of them but that night was special..

The string of shows from Santa Rosa to LA were all well attended and we had a groove going on that was undeniable. The Santa Rosa show in the backyard at KRSH radio was a barn burner as was the Larkspur Theater and the last show at the Mint in LA was the most intense of the whole tour. We had a LOT of old friends show up and believe me, no one was more glad to see them than I was. It was an honor to see everyone that came out to each show. I especially was grateful to friends I made from the Little Feat fans that showed up at most all the gigs and sold merchandise for me. Many thanks to you guys.

After the last show, I hung around La for a week and did some unexpected sessions for some friends. Teresa James, Billy Bob Thornton, and Don Was all made my off week a busy one. The session for Don Was is on the internet a mydamnchannel.com. It was me plus Tom Fillman on drums, the dude from the Wallflowers on keyboards, Randy Jacobs on rhythm guitar and Don Was on upright bass. I did two songs from my first cd and they came off great. The first song, Getting Over You is up and able to be viewed now and the second song, Waiting For a Long Time will follow shortly. Check it out. I was sticking around for the one session I had on the books. I got to play on BB King's cd that my friend, T-Bone Burnett was producing. What an honor. Drove back to Kerrville, Texas where I met the Resentments for a gig and then off to Japan with the Resentments for a 9 day tour. What a blast, barring the mind numbing jet lag both going there and coming home. The tour went very well and was over just when the jet lag lifted. It was like a dream.

Once back in Austin, I went into preproduction with Marcia Ball for her next cd. I'm writing this from the last day of sessions here at Wire Recorders. The sessions went very smoothly and her band played like men possessed. We were able to go to New Orleans for 2 days and add Mac Rebbenack, aka Dr. John, and our old friend, Wayne Toups on a couple of songs. It was a fast and furious trip but we got a lot accomplished and the cd is complete. Everyone there was gracious to a fault and I didn't want to leave. Just one more begniet and coffee at the Café du Monde... I'll be doing more gigs out and about, as I have a new agent, Lisa Walters out of northern California. I'll be recording soon but I'm in writing mode and next week I go to Nashville where I'll be writing with some old friends and doing a gig at the Bluebird with Kristofferson and my old band mates, Donnie Fritts and Billy Swan and Chris Gantry. That should be one for the books. It's going to be a guitar pull with my favorite people and my favorite writers. It doesn't get any better than that. Should be a cool reunion for all of us.

I hope this finds ya'll, and I mean ALL ya'll, well and enjoying life. I am and grateful for the opportunity. It's good to be back and I'll be up dating this regularly. I promise.