Steff Mahan

Steff Mahan

BandCountrySinger/Songwriter

Gifted singer/songwriter and musician. Steff charms her audience as a songwriter, sharing her stories and experiences. Audiences fall in love with her, her humor, talent and her music. A Steff Mahan show is an experience. She is a true performer and a star destined to find her place.

Biography

Sweet and soulful is the sound of alt-country's Steff Mahan. With a voice that is pure and powerful as it is soft and sultry. Steff's lyrics are heart-crafted and rock-solid. She is a natural storyteller with the voice, music, and charisma to capture her audiences’ hearts every time.

Steff Mahan's self-titled debut album garnered national attention, creating a coast-to-coast fan base from L.A. to New York. 42.50, Steff Mahan's second album for Lounge Hound Records, is a compelling collection of people, places and stories from life on the road. 42.50 rocks with the talents of Will Kimbrough, Brother Henry, and J.D. Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers.

Steff Mahan has performed coast to coast as a headliner and has opened for Patty Griffin, Tift Merritt, Holly Williams, Tracy Lawrence and the Indigo Girls.

Born in Arkansas, raised in Illinois, Steff Mahan resides in Nashville, TN. Succeeding largely on her own terms, Steff plays music because she loves it and cannot imagine not sharing music with others. Steff Mahan captivates her audiences telling stories with her songs that everyone can relate to. She takes her audiences on an intimate tour of her music and inevitably shares her life and experiences with them. It's a ride most cannot resist.

Nancy Given Gardner is a versatile drummer, having performed with Restless Heart, Steve Warner and Wild Rose. She also has a Grammy nomination to her credit for songwriting.

Lyrics

$42.50

Written By: Steff Mahan

I got $42.50 to get back home to you.
400 hundred miles and I’m running on fumes
but will and determination, get me further than this car could
I got $42.50 to get back home to you.
It was $23.30 for a coke and a tank of gas
10 miles to the gallon I got to make it last
so I try to take it slow, get me far as I can go
I got $19.20 to get back home to you.

And the wind’s in my hair and thoughts are in my head
And all I keep thinkin’ ‘bout is you.
And I smile just to know, you’re waiting there at home
For me…..

Started burnin’ oil about an hour outside of town
Man she really started smoking, I had to shut her down
But 100 miles on back, I needed gas and I had a flat
And I’m down to a nickel, but I’m still getting’ home to you.

So my thumbs in the air and thoughts are in my head
And all I keep thinkin’ ‘bout is you.
And I smile just to know, you’re waiting there at home
For me…..

Got a nickel in my pocket and I’m walking through the door to you.
Love kept me going love got me through.

I Tend to Lose Things

Written By: Steff Mahan

Was a picture perfect sunny day
And we were on our way to paradise.
You stopped the car right on a dime
You had to save this time on a three by five.
You told me to smile and keep those sunglasses on
You always thought they looked cool
Where are they now they’ve long since gone
Along with my innocent youth.
Cause I tend to lose things
Don’t know why, I do
What I love the most in life, is what I lose.
And I’ve wasted my time looking for things that are gone
Instead of just letting them go
I tend to lose things, it’s a problem for me, I know.

If we took the road we used to drive
Could we find the you and I we used to know
I’ve lost a heart that once was mine,
Could we find it on this ride if we take it slow.
But I’m losing faith in what love is
It used to be that look in your eyes
And I’m losing hope, you’ll ever love me again
But it comes as no surprise.

Cause I tend to lose things
Don’t know why, I do
What I love the most in life, is what I lose.
And I’ve wasted my time looking for love that is gone
Instead of just letting you go
I tend to lose things, it’s a problem for me, I know.

Carnival Ride

Written By: Steff Mahan

Was the summer of 69, I was 5 years old and the fair came to town
And everyone was going
didn’t understand picket lines, my daddy wouldn’t cross so his company shut ‘em down
I had no way of knowing
When I asked my dad to take me to the fair,
He just smiles the saddest smile and said, we’d have fun right here.

So he put me on top of his shoulders
Then we’d go running through the yard
And when I’d scream faster daddy, man he’d run so hard
Then he’d spin me around and the world would go by,
And I swear man I just knew I could fly,
Then we’d fall dizzy and laugh, until we’d cry
Yeah that’s when I knew my daddy was a carnival ride

Another September, 2nd grade, I was the shy kid in the back of miss johnson’s class
The invisible girl
Had half an hour to write a page, titled what does your daddy do, man I started writing fast
For the first time I felt so cool
Then it finally came my turn to read out loud
Yeah I grinned from ear to ear, I was so proud

You see he puts me on top of his shoulders
Then we go running through the yard
And when I’d scream faster daddy, man he runs so hard
Then he spins me around and the world will go by,
And I swear man you can see me fly,
Then we fall dizzy and laugh, until we cry
Yeah that’s what my daddy does he’s a carnival ride

Yeah it’s been quite a while
But thought of him still make me smile

So when the world spins me round and life goes by
I close my eyes and pretend I can fly
I finally learned man, you gotta hang on tight
Yeah that’s what my daddy thought me,
Cause life’s a carnival ride….

When I Understood Love

Written By: Steff Mahan

There once was a man who lived down the way
He and his wife would walk by everyday
And they’d smile at me, just to say “hey”
And you could see they were still so in love.
So when I was five I saw them walk by
I got up my courage, enough to say “hi”
But it’s all I could say, cause then I was shy,
You could see they were still so in love.

Hand in hand they’d walk by with such elderly grace.
I was young and intrigued by the lines on their face.
And my lesson in life was about to begin
When me and the man and his wife became friends.

And we’d go to the park on the swing I would sit
And listen to stories of how they first met
And the honeymoon still wasn’t over just yet
You could see they still so in love.

And he’d say to me child in the life that you lead
Find someone who loves you and always believe
That mostly in life, love is all that you need
You could see they were still so in love.

But it happened one day he came walking alone
My momma explained to me “God called her home”
And she sat there and held me and just let me cry
That was the first time I questioned God “Why?”
And I laid me down, asking God “why?”

With his head hung down low he’d come walking by.
And we’d go to her graveside, just to say “hi”
And he’d say “see ya later”, never goodbye
She was gone but it never changed love

Then he’d take my hand and we turn away
I’d look up and ask him, if he was ok
But it wasn’t much later, beside her he lay
And I knew they were somewhere in love.
At that moment I understood love.

Discography

42.50
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42.50
little sad for me
leaving money
rock in my shoe
not so perfect
laughin'
this time around
even this broken heart
wish
wrong woman man

Steff Mahan
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i don't want to know
i tend to lose things
all we never had
happened to see the moon
love me enough
circle of love
finely fine
when i understood love
what if
state of the heart

"I don't want to know," "42.50" and other titles have received airplay across the country. "42.50" and "Steff Mahan" tracks are available through Snocap, Itunes and other online digital retailers. Both CDs are available for purchase through CDBaby.com, Amazon.com and in several Borders Books and Music locations.

Set List

Performances generally do not include covers unless specifically requested. Most sets are 45 minutes to an hour long. Steff can easily provide up to three hours of all original music!

Sample list of Originals:

42.50
little sad for me
leaving money
rock in my show
not so perfect
laughin’
this time around
even this broken heart
wish
wrong woman man
that’s when I understood love
love me enough
what if
circle of love
I don’t wanna know
Happened to see the moon
I tend to lose things
State of the heart
All we never had
Finally fine
Red dress
Can’t hurt me anymore
Sleeping with the lights on
You and jesus
Carnival ride
Etta’s song
If I were
Water under the bridge
Everybody knows
That’s you and me
Forgive me
All alone
If I let you go
Just Thought we were dancing
Not today
I hate you
You saved me
Here with you
Mad at me
Poet’s heart
Tied up in “nots”
Ain’t it funny
Someone who loves me like you
Might as well go on
I call that love
Good lu