In The Press

“Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based Steph Stewart has no problem wearing her roots on her sleeve. Growing up around the riches of Appalachian folk music and old country vinyl, her new album promenades effortlessly through this terrain, dipping a foot into dark old-time fiddle tunes as happily as hard-hit honky-tonk. It’s all done with a lovely acoustic flair and no small amount of confidence, but the band doesn’t polish of the rough edges of the music, so it all sounds vibrantly alive.”
— KithFolk Blog
 
“On the album, … Stewart’s twangy vocals recall the sounds of Patsy Cline and overlay the soothing sounds of traditional North Carolina folk music.”
— Christian Podgaysky, Encore (June 2, 2015)
 
“In the two years since (their first release), they’ve established a remarkable rapport, evidenced by the arresting new Nobody’s Darlin’. It’s an entrancing, rich record, worthy of the same scene that has spawned recent modern folk gems like Mandolin Orange, Hiss Golden Messenger and Mipso.”
–Corbie Hill, Indy Week (May 27, 2015)
“Steph Stewart’s voice, one part Loretta Lynn and one part Gillian Welch, is equally matched by her incredible ensemble of “Boyfriends”, all of whom contribute to the arrangements, writing, and production of the record.”
— Jeb Brinkley, Can I May I (May 13, 2015)
 
“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)
“With the Boyfriends’ clean instrumentation setting the scene, the distinct voice of Steph Stewart conveys stories with considerable grace. At once youthful and wise, her timbre recalls the genre’s legendary sirens while maintaining a confidently modern sound.”
— Our State Digital (June, 2014)
“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.”
–Greg CXCW Staff (March 9, 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

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