Who IS This Guy?
Stephen Lee Rich has been delighting audiences with his mix of traditional, country, and original songs combined with a healthy dose of comedy and yodeling for just over thirty-five years!
Though born in Chicago and raised in its northern suburbs, Stephen Lee now makes his home in Madison, WI.
In July of 2002 he released his first CD, "Facing Monday", on Pachanga Records.
His music can also be heard on the anthology "Acoustic Dog: Volume One" which was released in June of 2002 (also on Pachanga Records).
Stephen Lee learned his craft by playing the open stages in noted folk venues such as No Exit, The Earl of Old Town, and the Barbarossa. When most of the folk venues disappeared in the beginning of the 1980's he spent a couple of years as one of the early "guitar acts" in comedy clubs. He has spent most of the years between then and now singing country music, but grabbing up every folk gig he could find in the meantime.
Now, he's back to acoustic music full time. "Folk Music is where my heart is," says Stephen Lee of his most recent career change, "and it's darned good to be home!"
What the critics are saying:
"...a veteran folkie..." The Reader (Chicago)
"...Stephen Lee Rich, a solo performer who brought the house down with a quip that the rebuilt Anchor Inn '...looks great. It's got nice new walls and finally has a Men's Room big enough to hold an upright primate.'
Then he launched into an eclectic set of country classics, oldies, yodeling, and noveltey tunes all puntuated with jokes and stories that had the crowd roaring."
And In Case You Forgot...
Singing, yodeling, guitar picking, comedy and story telling make
Stephen Lee Rich
a one man variety show.
His musical repertoire includes traditional folk, original songs, country classics (mainstream and outlaw),and some of the most preposterous novelty tunes you can imagine. His comedy ranges from the observational to the vaudevillian.
For nearly thirty years
Stephen Lee Rich
has been, first and foremost, an
Check out the artist's website:
1. Never Gonna Live That Way Again
2. Porchlight Blues
3. I've Had That Happen to Me
4. Facing Monday
6. Truckers' Secret (Turn To The Right)
7. Think and Drink
8. These Cowboys
9. Mornin' Blues/Rocky Road
10. The Yodel Song