Always fill up before travel.

What better way to fill up than Pork, Pickles, & Peanut? Come check us out for two sets at the Duke Homestead in Durham, NC on Saturday!


After filling up on NC we’ll be ready for MD, WV, PA, and DC shows next week:

Wednesday, July 16 | 6:00 pm | Cumberland Comes Alive | Cumberland, MD

Thursday, July 17 | 8:00 pm  | The Purple Fiddle  |  Thomas, WV  |  $7

Friday, July 18 | 9:30 pm | The Circle | Hanover, PA

Saturday, July 19  | Holy Hound Taproom | York, PA

Sunday, July 20 | The Corner Store | Washington DC

Summer Tour Dates

We’re adding more, but here’s what we’re excited about so far:

Our State & Turntable


Hey All!

Well it seems like we’ve jumped right into summer and that means lots of shows for us! This week we got to visit the headquarters of Our State Magazine and shoot three live videos of some brand new tunes for their Music in the Library Series. Check ‘em out HERE.

We’re excited to play music at a new place for us in the triad region tonight. If you or folks you know are in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High-point area, tell them to come out to Turntable  tonight in Jamestown, NC. Doors are at 7pm, and we play from 9-11pm. Tix are 8 bux.

For our full summer lineup, check out the website. Dates are always being added, so be sure to check back often.

Steph, Mario, Omar and Nick

Spring Tour Dates


Steph Baby

It’s my birthday! Come and celebrate with some tunes and brews at Mystery Brewing Co.’s Public House. Saturday. 7pm. They’ll also be celebrating the birth of their new spring ale. Good times will be had for sure.


Couch By

“The beauty of Couch by Couchwest is finding folks that may have otherwise languished in obscurity, at least with most of the population. Case in point, Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends and their new song “Pearl” which is both absolutely gorgeous and just a little bit haunting. Definitely worth any attention they garner. They hail from the lovely state of North Carolina, and released their debut “Over the World Below” sometime in the past year or so.”

Hurry Up Spring Tour

Omar and I had a most wonderful time this weekend on the kick off to what we’re calling the “Hurry Up Spring Tour.” Virginia is beautiful country, and I think if I had to live anywhere besides NC it’d probably be there. Despite icy winds and roads, a handful of brave souls managed to make it out to the Uptown Cafe to hear us play. We had a lot of fun making music for all of y’all and were grateful for the exceptional hospitality Jason and his staff extended. We couldn’t have felt more at home.

We woke early Saturday morning to a cloudless sky, promising spring would soon be here to stay and headed out west for two more shows in the Virginia mountains, first at the Floyd Country Store in the town of Floyd, which has earned quite a reputation for it’s thriving music scene, and then in a little gem of a mountain town called Eggleston at my new favorite restaurant The Palisades. We were pleasantly surprised by the talent that we got to meet at both of these shows, in particular Mr. Greg Galbreath– maker and owner of Buckeye Banjos– one of the most beautiful instruments being built today.

I don’t know if we have ever been better fed and looked after. I’d like to extend a special note of gratitude to my aunt and uncle who hosted us on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. We can’t thank everyone enough for coming to hear what we’re all about, and we’re already planning to return as soon as we’re able this summer.

Our next show will be on my 29th birthday at Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough, NC. Come enjoy the new spring ale release and celebrate with me! Nick and I will also do a special duo show at the Local 506 on March 27, opening for the talented indie folk-pop artist Julia Weldon.

24 hours


You probably don’t associate Belk with music; I know for me, it was always the place Grandma and I went to look for occasional seasonal sales and new Easter dresses. However, this southern department store chain is host to the Southern Musician Showcase, a regional music competition that invites artists throughout the southeast to submit their music for consideration. Out of 2000 submissions, we were one of the lucky 33 to be invited for auditions as semifinalists. What an absolute surprise and honor.

In 24 hours, we rented a van, loaded our gear and drove 7 hours to Atlanta, Georgia where we performed three of our tunes for a panel of judges (among them Mr. Woody Platt of one of our favorites, The Steep Canyon Rangers!). We also had some fun making this simple home video recording of a brand new tune called “Pearl” for CXCW (the stay-at-home version of some popular music festival in that cool city in Texas made especially for us folks too poor to make it to that other festival).

In a week or so, we’ll find out the results of our audition. We’re feeling strong and invite you to join us in crossing all of your appendages as we hope to be among the select finalists who get to play The Fillmore at the end of the month! 

HAPPY MARCH! Let the madness begin…. and Winter, we aren’t sad to see you go.

The Black Lillies

One of my favorite shows happened last summer when we were touring through West Virginia. We had booked a show at The Purple Fiddle on a Sunday night and figured there might be a handful of people willing to pay the $10 cover to see us if we were lucky. We were going to open for a band that had just played there less than two weeks prior, and we had never played in West Virginia, so packing the place out seemed a bit far fetched. Glad to say I couldn’t have been more wrong. I think every man, woman and child in that small mining town came out that night to dance, sing along and support their beloved Black Lillies, and we were just blown away. Every one in that band was not only extremely talented but some of the nicest, most down to earth folks we’d met on the whole tour. I’m so excited for all of the big successes they’ve achieved. Check out their newest video… If you’re not dancing by the end, something’s wrong.

Nobody’s Darlin’

2013 has been a wonderful year for us and our little string band. This is largely in-part to you and your support. Without you, we are just a group of friends making music in my living room. You bring the meaning into our work. Thank you for coming out to hear us… for telling your friends and family about our music… for buying cds… for donating to our Kickstarter and making it possible for us to afford producing our first ever studio album.

In appreciation of you and this tremendous year, we’d like to share our newest tune, recorded live in an empty house by my dear friend Catherine Chao. It was inspired when we were on the road and came across the Spoon Lady, busking on the bustling streets of Asheville. Omar had told me that I needed to play the banjo… so I took his advice, and with a few lessons from a very patient and forgiving teacher, this song was born. Click below and enjoy!

Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends, Nobody’s Darlin’ from Steph Stewart on Vimeo.

We have exciting plans in the works for 2014. Please keep in-touch and stay tuned to find out all the exciting developments.

Merriest Holidays and Everything Else!
Mario, Nick, Omar & Steph


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