Stephens-Worrall-McKee

Stephens-Worrall-McKee

BandAmericanaAcoustic

We are a 3 piece acoustic band that plays mostly original tunes with a few select covers thrown in. Our style can be summed up in one word AcousticAlt-CountryAmericanaFolkn'Blues. We have an energetically relaxed show that is fun. We like playing together and it shows...

Biography

It’s funny how things work out. Tom Stephens was playing lead guitar for Florida folkie, James Hawkins, when Mike Worrall, playing mandolin and electric bass, was added to the fray. Tom and Mike hit it off immediately. Their style, groove and backgrounds, steeped in the alt-country—Americana—blues—folk—musical traditions of Texas, meshed perfectly. So perfectly, in fact, that, having built a repertoire of newly penned songs, they began performing as a duo.

In the meantime, Mike was contacted by Michael McKee, a pickin’ buddy from a musical stint in Louisville in the early ‘80’s, who had gotten plugged in to the central Florida acoustic music scene. One thing led to another until the three began playing folk clubs, coffeehouses, and Festivals in the West Central Florida area.

With several hundred thousand road miles, and a century of musical experience between them, these guys have seen it all. Their live shows are an exercise in musicianship and creativity, their good time vibe is infectious, and their sole aim is for everyone involved to have the time of their lives.

In early 2008, with all three providing vocals and guitar work, Worrall playing bass & mandolin, and Stephens finishing things off with some soulful, bluesy harp, the trio recorded a six song promotional EP of original music. They are looking forward to completing a full length CD in the near future.

Lyrics

Alligator Alley

Written By: © 2008 Tom Stephens/Mike Worrall

Some folks lived in the swamp where no one goes
Makin’ a living on the shine they’d sold
Then one day the Revenuers came
Gonna shut ‘em down, gonna drive ‘em away
With guns and dogs those lawmen knew
They’d smash the stills and bust that crew
No surprise how the story goes
Those Treasury men never made it home
They didn’t know…

Don’t go to Alligator Alley
Beware of that bayou moan
Stay clear of Alligator Alley
‘Cause son…there’s places…a man just shouldn’t go

There was an inquest held at the county seat
The judge told the Feds to just let things be
I know you’d like to have revenge
But it’s a different world where the asphalt ends
The judge said…

Don’t go to Alligator Alley
Beware that bayou moan
Stay clear of Alligator Alley
‘Cause son…there’s places…a man just shouldn’t go

Bayou folks don’t take to town
And what the swamp swallows up won’t never be found
The Feds combed the swamps, never found a soul
But the townsfolk smiled, ‘cause the shine still flowed

Don’t go to Alligator Alley
Beware that bayou moan
Stay clear of Alligator Alley
Look out you’re gonna lose your soul
Don’t go to Alligator Alley
Beware that bayou moan
Stay clear of Alligator Alley
‘Cause son…there’s places…a man just shouldn’t go

Discography

We have a 6 song EP that we sell at gigs entitled "Alligator Alley"

Set List

Sets vary depending on the gig. Typical is 30 min to 3 hr shows. The longer shows should have breaks.
Some covers are: Crazy Momma (JJ Cale), Hey Good Lookin' (Hank Williams), Some Lonesome Picker (John Stewart), 4&20 (Steven Stills), Magnolia (JJ Cale), Milkcow Blues (Bob Wills), Red Dirt Halo (Gillian Welch), Willin' (Little Feet), Less Than the Song (Hoyt Axton) - We mix the sets up between originals and our own take on covers