Feed the Band
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Our family has grown tremendously over the past 2 years. As I look back at all the artists who have found a home here at Southern Fellow, I reflect on the friendships made. This family has stretched from Nashville to Australia. This time though, our latest member to the Southern Fellow family comes from a place a little closer to home.
Kurt Stevens is a Florida boy. It’s easy to recognize guys like us. We love the water and when we are not on the water, we are thinking about the water. There is something about salt water, sand and sun that nourishes us like a well prepared meal. Kurt Stevens carries this same sentiment. What separates Kurt Stevens from this Florida boy? Kurt can carry a tune and also pull off a tropical floral pattern shirt better than I ever will. Other than that, you will find us both happy with a fishing pole and a cold beer floating on the water.
Kurt Stevens is not a beach bum. He uses his voice for more than just music. He works with 4Ocean to bring awareness and help raise money for ocean cleanup. Kurt has worked diligently to protect and preserve what he loves for future generations. This same passion carries over to his music as well.
When his name came across my desk, I feared the worst. I prepared myself for some cheesy beachy country. Other then maybe Kenny Chesney, this has not worked for too many other artists. What I heard was something very polished. Kurt Steven’s music is a mixture of country with a dash of pop and a splash of saltwater. This combination is complemented with a deep, rich voice that pulls everything together. All of this has led to some amazing songs including “Lipstick and Wine” and his current single, “Once in a Blue Moon”. Kurt’s music is refreshing, like an ice cold Corona in mid July.
We are happy to have Kurt Stevens as our latest member to the Southern Fellow Family. I got to ask him a few questions and Kurt inspired an amazing holiday recipe. Please give it a try and enter our giveaway at the end. Here is our interview with country music artist Kurt Stevens.
Tell us about your road to Nashville.
I played music pretty much my whole life, I started playing classical piano when I was four, then picked up guitar in high school, and started singing and playing at Potbelly’s happy hour when I went to FSU. From there, I started a band and we played all over Florida and the Southeast until I graduated. About two weeks after I graduated I packed up my truck and moved up to Nashville with really no clue what to expect.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
I think I’d have to be Blue, It’s my favorite color and the color of my favorite place, the ocean.
If you could not play music, what do you think you would be doing?
I think I’d work my way up to become a professional fishing guide, I love meeting new people and I love being on the water and the idea of being able to do both while making a living would be great.
Who/What has inspired you the most and how has that contributed to your music?
My Dad is definitely my hero and has been my inspiration since day one. He raised me on great music and always pushed me to follow my passion since I was a little kid. He is the hardest working person I know and his work ethic has definitely inspired me to be the hardest worker I can. Fast forward twenty years and he is still my biggest supporter.
We are always developing recipes here at Southern Fellow; when writing music, what recipe do you use?
I’m a pretty huge food nerd and I’m always cooking, I think while writing music I’d like to be making some homemade bread and pasta. There’s something about working with your hands that gets your mind off of things and opens you up creatively.
What’s the most interesting thing about you that people may not know?
I love documentaries, I’m not much of a TV person, but I definitely watch a ton of docs. Anything and everything that Ken Burns has done, and all of the wildlife docs such as Blue Planet with David Attenborough are my favorites.
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What is your first fond memory of food?
We always had a ton of people over our house for holidays growing up, so I’d have to say thanksgiving as a kid and my dad’s turkey and homemade bread.
If you wrote a song about food, what would it be about?
I think it’d have to be about oysters, like the best songs, they are simple and that’s what makes them great.
If you could learn anything new, what would it be?
I’d really love to learn Italian, my family is super Italian but none of us speak the language, I think it’d be an awesome ability to have.
Tell us about your single “Once in a Blue Moon”.
I wrote Once in a Blue Moon with two of my good buddies, Ryland Fisher and Joey Ebach in Nashville. Joey had the title and we got to talking about how every “once in a blue moon” you meet someone and just have that instant connection with them, it’s a special feeling you feel in your heart and in your gut, and that’s pretty much what its about.
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Tell us a little bit about 4Ocean and the work you are doing with them.
4Ocean is a company that was founded in Boca Raton, FL, which is where I grew up. I always have been super passionate about the ocean. Aside from music, fishing and surfing have always been my favorite passions. 4Ocean’s mission is to clean up our oceans and coastlines “one pound at a time” by organizing beach cleanups and investing in technologies such as their new skimmer to clean up our unfortunately “trashed” ocean. I’ve been a huge fan of their cause since their inception and I’m excited to be able to help raise awareness and to help them clean up the place I love so much, one pound at a time.
If you found a $100 winning scratch off, what would you buy?
About 4 or 5 cases of beer and some ice so I could have my buddies over for a little cornhole competition.
Is there anything else you want your fans at Southern Fellow to know?
First, thanks to Southern Fellow for inviting me into their family and to the fans, I’m looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you sometime soon.
We would like to thank Kurt for his time. Please, if you see him all out and about, welcome Kurt to the family. Christmas is not here yet. Dust off that playlist and add Kurt Stevens to it. You can find his music on your favorite music service including Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon and YouTube. Thank you for checking out this interview. We have more music and recipes coming right here at Feed the Band on Southern Fellow.