Stephen Simmons (from the album Gall available on Locke Creek Records)
In his early songwriting efforts, Stephen Simmons characterized the small town life he experienced growing up in Woodbury, Tennessee. His ability to translate his visions into words can still be found in the songs on Gall, the recent release from Stephen Simmons, while the tales find territory for a common ground in both urban and rural environments. For a background on his own upbringing, Stephen Simmons walks childhood streets to tell his story in the title track album opener. Gall backs its stories with quiet acoustics, the sparkle of guitar and mandolin offering a welcome in “There You Go” while the rhythm is pulled from the strings for “Acrobats Tonight (Still)” and an exit door is colored with “Burnt Orange and Bruised Purple”.
A harmonica calls out for “Space Between the Stars” as the tale drifts into a cosmos of deep thoughts and observations on human existence. Stephen Simmons finds potential judgments for his words in “Microphone in My Face” as he takes a seat among the front porch faithful taking sides in “Death to the Dreamers”, picks out a rhythmic path through the finger points of “U & I” and admits “I Love You, But I’m Scared of You” while Gall makes recreational choices in “When the Wine’s All Gone”.
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