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Celebrating Danny Gatton: Show at Birchmere - September 4, 2015

Celebrate DC’s legendary guitarist Danny Gatton at the Birchmere in a unique mutli-media event of live music, film and stories. Hosted by WPFW’s Tom Cole the show features clips from theAnacostia Delta documentary and, in live performance, reunites members of Gatton’s bands The Fat Boys, Redneck Jazz Explosion, Funhouse plus the regions finest musicians in the Gatton tradition, including Anthony Pirog, Barry Hart, Big Joe Maher, Billy Hancock, Bobby Spates, Bruce Swaim, Chick Hall, Chris Hall, Chris Battistone, Chuck Underwood, Dan Hovey, Dave Chappell, Dave Elliott, Donald Stapleson, Frankie Shegogue, Gantt Kushner, Jay Monterose, Jim Stephanson, Joe Kogok, Joe Martone, Joel Harrison, John Jenson, John Previti, Rick Whitehead, Robbie Magruder, Ron McDonald, Stephen Windsor, Steve Wolf, Tim Ford, Tom Principato, Tommy Lepson!

In The News ! - January 1, 2011

MOJO Magazine January 2011


Editor’s Top Ten Picks

The  best songs on the box, at the movies, on album and on-line right now.



I Go For That: Jim Stephanson

A fine, effortlessly swinging version of a Frank Loesser standard with Washington roots guitarist Stephanson delivering the vocal and Terry Adasm of NRBQ providing an enviable line in classy jazz piano licks.

Find it : Say Go  (Clang)




Maverick Magazine March Issue

Jim Stephanson SAY GO Clang! CL-508 ****
There is so much good and different music around these days on small, often artist-owned labels I feel for the major labels, who just go on and on releasing the same old boring 'sounds-like-everyone else' records. Jim Stephanson has played a major role in music on the Washington DC scene for more than 30 years. He has worked with such outfits as the Blue Rhythm Boys, Hillbilly Jazz,the J Street Jumpers and his own Jimmy & the Blue Dogs. This is his first solo album and it really is something special. The opener You Won't Ever Fall In Love Again, sounds like Del Shannon meets the Beatles with a touch of Everly Brothers gold dust added for good measure. In contrast. How About Now has a mid-tempo honky-tonk vibe whilst Girl Of My Dreams is classic country with great pedal steel. The Del Shannon connection comes to the fore in Before You Know then popular standard I Go For That has an engaging jazzy swing arrangment that is quite irresistible. Quality music like this should be embraced by the world at large.

DEBUT CD "Say Go" RELEASED ON CLANG LABEL - September 7, 2010




Say Go is the debut release from respected guitarist and songwriter Jim Stephanson a longtime fixture on the Washington , DC music scene.  From the Everly Brothers lilt of “You Won’t Ever Fall in Love Again” to the midnight honky-tonk of “How About Now,” Say Go sounds like an album you’ve lived with your whole life.  “Before You Know” mixes melodic sophistication with a luxurious arrangement that evokes The Beatles without a hint of retro leanings; it’s a glorious twenty-first century song.  There are confident grooves, supple rhythms, hypnotically barbed solos, and resonant vocals throughout.  Washington, DC’s musical treasure will no longer be a secret to the rest of the world.  


NRBQ fans take note: Say Go was co-produced by Terry Adams who also plays piano, clavinet, and organ.  The rhythm section on the entire disc is the incomparable team of Tom Ardolino and Joey Spampinato (who also contributes harmony vocals).  Original Q guitarist, the late Steve Ferguson, solos on “Make a Lot of Noise” in what turned out to be his last recording session.

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