With backing tracks being heard on stages everywhere and audiences unable to decipher what’s being played live or coming from a computer, here’s a new band bringing music to you in its rawest form. Stafford Stevens, a self described contemporary-garage-country music act with a hint of bluegrass unlike any other, perform their unique sound as a two-piece band constructed with a female drummer and male guitarist. At the helm is Brett Stafford Smith, a lifelong songwriter from Alabama. Brett moved to Nashville and played the bar scene on Broadway for a few years but longed to be a part of something musically bigger than himself: a band. It was at a gig in Music City that he met Taryn Stevens. Taryn, a traveling nurse living in Nashville by way of Michigan, was raised playing the piano, but had never practiced percussion before meeting Brett. The two began to spend time together, forming an unbreakable bond through their mutual love of good times, music, and each other.
As their relationship grew, Brett started looking for a drummer for a two-piece project he was envisioning and hoping to bring to reality. To his surprise, Taryn offered to learn how to play the drums so Brett began teaching her the basics, and almost immediately it seemed Taryn took to percussion, as Brett’s mama would say, “like white on rice.” Brett instinctively knew that he and Taryn had their own individual gifts of music; but together, they cultivated a harmonious sound. This revelation marked the birth of Stafford Stevens.