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“The string band stands out among an ever-growing list of young bands putting their own spin on the traditional bluegrass instruments.”
– Cory Chambers, Do Savannah (August 6, 2014)
“Stewart has grown her sound, reaching beyond the lonely grit of mountain tunes to a more grounded Americana feel.”
– Ashley Metzler, The Independent Weekly (June 19, 2013)
“With a voice as cool as mountain water over mossy logs and as comforting as a tended fire, North Carolina native Stewart hearkens Gillian Welch, Patsy Cline and the classic ladies of country and Americana with soothing melodies, warm guitars and twinkling mandolins and banjos.”
– Anna Chandler, Savannah Morning Times (June 6, 2013)
“Durham songwriter Steph Stewart taps into Americana roots…”
-Edwin Arnaudin, The Asheville Citizen Times (March 28, 2013)
Music Review: Steph Stewart & the Boyfriends- Audio Included
-Jennifer Raha, Hennen’s Observer (March 23, 2013)
“Her best songs feel like updates to tunes Harry Smith might’ve collected… direct and unflinching tales of reality.”
– Grayson Currin, Independent Weekly (Jan 02, 2013)
“Steph Stewart’s plaintive vocals conjure up country greats like Loretta Lynn and Emmylou Harris, but with a subtler, more modern touch.”
– Elizabeth Pandolfi, Charleston City Paper (Dec 19, 2012)

“Steph Stewart could follow Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt as the next great female voice in alt-country.”
– Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly (May 09, 2012)

“Sweet-sounding twang with a casual back-porch vibe…”
– Spencer Griffith, The Indy (Feb 14, 2012)

“Musically she dwells up round the Appalachian end of the country / folk genre. Her voice is clear and simple and calmly confident. There’s a little of the plaintive mountain-music timbre of an Emmylou Harris or a Kitty Wells; but richer, with a fullness cushioning those high-lonesome edges. She songwrites with the same quiet confidence as she sings: she not only works within the “Grand Ole Opry” tropes, she expands them, playfully nudging them out where she finds a flexible spot. ”
– Martin Smith, The Blotter Magazine