An Error of Omission

This is not a post about music. This is a post about love. And this is long overdue.


Some recent conversations with a friend have had me thinking a lot about words. I’ve been obsessing over them, in fact. I think words have power woven into them. They can uplift the weak and break down the strong. They can comfort and they can unsettle. Even how you talk about things inside of your own brain is powerful. This varying internal monologue of your perspective adds up to a general feeling of the worth of something which greatly affects your decision making, attitude, and contentment about said thing.


What’s even more powerful than this internal monologue is when you speak words into the air, giving them their force. The words you speak build the walls which line the corridors of your future path. If you have gotten bad service as at a restaurant you might find yourself flippantly say to your friend, “All of these people who work at this place are idiots.” This hyperbole has a way of germinating inside of your brain and if you don’t take deliberate action against it, it often has a way of flowering into prejudice. Your expectations then change and they tend to filter and tint your experience similarly to how certain news networks have political bias. You often create bias in a seemingly innocent ways. An off-hand comment here or there may just create a full-fledged hatred for something without you even realizing it.


Obviously, there is a side to this which often carries with it beautiful consequences. Both the internal and external projections of words can be completely positive:

“I love my job.”

“I appreciate how hard my parents worked to give me as great of a life as they could.”

“Thank you.”

“I don’t mind rainy days because sometimes it’s just nice to have a rainy day.”

You get what I’m saying, I think.


There is a statement just like this that I’ve been putting off saying publicly because there are people very close to me who disagree strongly with it. It goes against a lot of the things I’ve learned growing up, and yet I couldn’t be more sure in my heart that it is right. I have wronged a lot of great people by not saying this sooner as I have dear friends who I have failed to support publicly. I hope that you all can forgive my absence in the conversation. I am here now though.


I believe that gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgendered, queer, etc people deserve every single ounce of human dignity that is afforded to anyone else. I believe everyone should have the right to marry whoever they want. I believe LGBTQ marriages should have every single benefit and problem that straight marriages have. I believe everyone should be able to choose how they define their gender. I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to love who they are. I believe that everyone deserves to be loved as who they are, who they were, and who they will be in the future. I also believe that this is common sense.


Some of you might even be rolling your eyes right now because this idea is so basic and fundamental to being a human that it almost seems silly to talk about it. It almost seems silly, but it’s not. It will always be an imperative for us as humans to express our deepest values. Should you even care that I’m writing this? Not really. I’m a white, middle class male living in the most privileged country in the world. Every aspect of my life is a blessing of luxury in most of the world’s eyes. My opinion on any matter is not very important. But what is important are words, and saying them out loud. So, that is why I am writing this: for myself first and also to add my voice to the millions who have already spoken out.


I believe in equality for ALL.


If You’re The Last One Left In Michigan, Would You Please Turn Out The Light?


Greetings my friends!

As you may or may not know, I am currently spending a few weeks in Michigan with my family before I fly out to Napa. I have been doing my best to make good of my time and see as much of my family as I can and also do as much stuff that I can. I grew up in central Michigan and like all adolescents, I thought it was tragically lame. Now the validity of that is up for debate, but I wanted to kind of be a tourist in Michigan and see as much of the cool stuff in Michigan as I could. Michigan’s struggles as a state are not secret and it can often be the butt of many people’s jokes. However, I have always loved Michigan and have hoped that it and the amazing city of Detroit can turn it around. Actually, the title of this post is a bumper sticker that was distributed around Michigan at the height of Michigan’s woes in the 80s.

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All in Good Times


As you may or may not know, I have recently moved away from Louisville, KY in order to pursue a dream of mine that has nothing to do with music. Starting in August, I’ll be living and working at a winery in St. Helena, California on the north side of Napa. I’ll be there for 3 months and then I’ll head down to Mendoza, Argentina to apprentice with a winemaker down there. It’s all exciting and amazing, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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2012: Best Year Yet


So, much has happened this year, and I don’t have enough time to tell you about all of it, but I wanted to give you guys a quick update on what’s going on in the world of Bro. Stephen (because a lot is going on!).


I played a few recently shows that I probably neglected to mention on here. After the Simon Joyner show I played a crazy sold-out show at Headliner’s in Louisville with one of the fastest growing bands I’ve ever seen (and for good reason): Louisville’s Houndmouth. What a wild night. Too bad I started getting deathly ill that morning. Read more…

Back In the Habit

via Buzzfeed

Hello there friends. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve updated you all on what has been going on in the world of Bro. Stephen. My apologies. I have been using my time wisely though (I think) and I have some new things to tell you. Some exciting things I believe. First off, I have a round of new shows coming up and I think you’ll be happy to see who will be on these shows. There will be some shows with some old friends like Cheyenne Mize, Kalispell and John Davey, but also the great songwriters Laura Marling and Simon Joyner. Exciting stuff indeed.

09.30.12 | Lafayette, IN | House Show w/ Kalispell, John Davey

10.01.12 | Louisville, KY | The General Store (1264 S. Shelby St #1) w/ Cheyenne Mize, Kalispell

10.02.12 | Bloomington, IN | Bear’s Place w/ Kalispell, John Davey

10.20.12 | Louisville, KY | Zanzabar w/ Laura Marling [tickets]

11.11.12 | Louisville, KY | Quill’s w/ Simon Joyner

What do you do with the 15 minutes each day when you’re not writing songs? – Everyone Ever

I get this question all of the time. And here’s the answer: wine stuff.

On Tuesday of this week I passed the Level One Sommelier Exam. I’ve been studying hard for several months for this (and the exams to follow) and it’s incredibly gratifying to have passed this first big step. Like music, wine is a tool I use to understand the world around me. Understanding a wine’s geographical positioning, it’s soil, the weather, the way it was maintain, etc can give you a great appreciation for what the wine is even if you don’t particularly care for the flavors. Learning to appreciate the people around me based on the elements that have made them who they are is a great quality that I really work to get to. And like a Master Sommelier explained to me after I passed my first exam, “It’s a long road, but a good one.”

Be well my friends.



New Shows! Moving Forward…

Hey guys!

I am back in Louisville after tour and I’m back at work trying hard to get back to normal and get over this pesky sinus infection that showed up to party and doesn’t seem to want to leave. However, after letting the dust settle just a little bit, I actually have quite a few new shows to tell you all about. They are all in the Kentucky and Indiana but more touring is planned for later on this summer so let me know if you want to see Bro. Stephen in your town.

Without further ado, here are some dates for you.

04.16.12 | Bloomington, IN | The Pourhouse w/ Anna Vogelzang, Chad Serhal
04.20.12 | Louisville, KY | Record Store Day Midnight Sale @ Please & Thank You w/ Whistle Peak
04.28.12 | Indianapolis, IN | Indy Alliance w/ New Terrors (record release!), Everything Looks Like Coyotes
05.20.12 | Louisville, KY | Uncle Slaytons w/ Dark Dark Dark

I hope you are all enjoying Baptist Girls, but if somehow you haven’t had the chance to pick up your own copy yet, then you definitely still can buy it on vinyl or CD at your local record store or from XRA Records here. Of course, you can still listen to the record on Spotify or on Bandcamp or all of those other places where it’s available to stream.

I definitely have more for all of you soon and I am definitely staying busy making sure that the hits and all the treats keep coming. I miss all of you and can’t wait to see everyone again soon.



Tour is Over…and Coming Home


4 weeks of shows. 1 week of SXSW. 4 days of vacation. countless emails. unending friendships. 1 tour mate. 0 car accidents. 0 parking tickets. 0 discouraging shows. lots of records sold. 6 or 7 records purchased. about 500 hours of podcasts. a wealth of new gratitude.


Tour is over and the miles on my car have really been racking up. I am currently taking a couple days of vacation to recuperate from all of the traveling and incessant on-the-go, but I am happy to say that the firstBaptist Girls tour of 2012 was a rousing success. There were so many great shows where I got to meet so many new folks and see some dear dear friends. I can’t thank everyone enough for helping make this tour far and away the best tour I’ve ever done. It feels really great to build on the success of past tours and share this new record with so many people who had not heard it before. I am certainly tired and raspy and excited to crawl back home and get back to things and people that keep me anchored.


Before I show you a few of my favorite pictures from the tour, I wanted to let you know about my return to the fore with show coming up in Louisville, KY that will very much be a special one for me. On May 20th, I will be playing a show with the incredible Minneapolis band Dark Dark Dark. The show is at Uncle Slayton’s and if you know anything about Dark Dark Dark, then I’m sure you are beyond excited. You can buy tickets to the show here. You should do that.


Here are a few photos from tour:


Bro. Stephen Hooks Up With GemsonVHS

The union of these 2 entities has birthed a few new videos!

I got to hang out with Mr. Anthony T. from GemsonVHS while I was in Nashville a few days back and we recorded some videos for all of you lovely folks. We hope you like them. Feel free to let the GemsonVHS folks know how much you like them and check out their other video work too! They’ve done some great work with great friends of mine like John Davey, Laura Balke, and Moorhound.

Without further ado,

“Patrons Of The Arts”

“Tears On Tape”

Spring Tour! (updated)

I’m hitting the road in 10 days! Chances are, I’ll be playing somewhere within driving distance of where you are soon.

Feb. 17th | Bloomington, IN @ In-store @ Landlocked w/ Lydia Loveless

Feb. 17th | Bloomington, IN @ Record Release Show at Russian Recording w/ Mike Adams At His Honest Weight and Busman’s Holiday

Feb. 18th | Muncie, IN @ Village Green Records w/ State Park

Feb. 19th | South Bend, IN @ Quincy’s w/ John Davey

Feb. 20th | Grand Rapids, MI @ 815 Watson St SE w/ Fred Thomas (Saturday Looks Good to Me), Nathan K (limited seating! Email for a spot on the guest list)

Feb. 21st | Lansing, MI @ Deep Pink w/ Nathan K, Those Willows

Feb. 22nd | Kalamazoo, MI @ No Fun House w/ Glowfriends

Feb. 23rd | Ypsilanti, MI @ Woodruff’s w/ Gun Lake

Feb. 24th | Toledo, OH @ In-store  @ Culture Clash

Feb. 24th | West Lafayette, IN @ Greyhouse

Feb. 25th | Indianapolis, IN @ LUNA Music w/ husband&wife, Rodeo Ruby Love, and Metavari

Feb. 26th | Nashville, TN @ The Dirks’ House w/ Seth Wood, Mackenzie Scott

Feb. 27th | St. Louis, MO @ The Heavy Anchor w/ Arthur and The Librarians

Feb. 28th | Bowling Green, KY @ tba w/ Brooks Ritter, Great State

March 1st | Springfield, IL @ Missy’s House w/ John Davey

March 2nd | Peoria, IL @ 2020 House w/ Rory Toelle and The Old Adage

March 4th | Milwaukee, WI @ Linneman’s w/ Golden Coins, Paul

March 5th | Minneapolis, MN @ Steady Print Shop w/ Kalispell

March 6th | Eau Claire, WI @ The Mouse Trap w/ Kalispell

March 8th | Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR w/ Molly Sullivan

March 9th | Ft. Wayne, IN @ The Dash-In w/ Lee Miles

March 10th | Lexington, KY @ CD Central In-store

March 11th | Louisville, KY @ RYE on Market

March 13th | Austin, TX @ SXSW

March 14th | Austin, TX @ SXSW

March 15th | Austin, TX @ SXSW

March 16th | Austin, TX @ SXSW

March 17th | Austin, TX @ SXSW

“Tears On Tape” Official Music Video


Directed by Torlando Hakes

Starring the comic book making skills of Lyndsey Taylor.