Local band releases first album
Published 10:31 pm Monday, May 13, 2013
A band with a hometown boy and a hometown sound will release its first album next month on the heels of several local performances coming up later this month.
Stephen D.’s first album, “Entwangled,” contains 11 songs, including three previously released as singles. Stephen Duff, the band’s vocals, describes its sound as a mix of blues, country and rock, with a couple songs they hope could cross over into pop and contemporary Christian genres.
Duff lives in Suffolk but grew up in the mountains of Virginia, while bandmate Den Bledsoe grew up in the Florida panhandle. The third member of the band is Bledsoe’s son, Daniel Bledsoe.
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Duff and the elder Bledsoe have been playing together for about six years, starting in the band room in the basement of Bledsoe’s Mathews County home.
“Den and I enjoy writing music and putting it together,” Duff said. “It’s just an incredible chemistry we have together.”
The men write most of their own songs from their own experiences, including Duff’s breakup with his ex-wife and other matters of the heart.
“It’s things we can relate to,” Bledsoe said. “They’re not stories about other people.”
Bledsoe said Duff writes many of the songs on the spur of the moment during practice.
“Steve comes up with these crazy ideas and plots,” Bledsoe said. “He’ll just start singing out of the blue.”
The band has toured all over the country and in some locations throughout the world. The three singles on the album already have been released in Europe. All hit the top 10, and “Gulf Coast Getaway” went to No. 4 in Switzerland.
“We’ve played so many different places throughout the country, but we want to be better known locally,” Duff said. “We’re looking forward to playing locally.”
The band has two appearances coming up at AJ Gator’s restaurants — May 18 in Carrollton and May 31 in Chesapeake Square. They also will play and mingle May 25 at Birdneck Records in Virginia Beach.
The record will be released June 4 and will be available on the website, www.stephendmusiconline.com.