'Elite Veterans Of Rock'
Nannette and JC Stephenson bring their influences and love of great rock acts from the 70's,British blues-rock,and female rockers back again on their 2nd cd. This is guitarist/keyboardist,JC Stephenson's swan song. Much love went into the recording and writing process of this cd.
He passed from skin cancer on March 26,2002.
"Combining rock energy with the maturity of adulthood, plenty of style and
Emotionally charged, stylistic rock music with well written lyrical content
(anti-headbanger music)". Charlie Harrelson-www.evor.com
"this is truly attuned and noble rockful music that sings of and to, the heart feeling
and soulful amongst us. I hear angels...." Daniel- www.thereoutthere.com
"Crossing the tightwire between adolescent angst and adult life lessons, this energetic rock and roll draws you in for the ride." Donna Ramsey-music lover & photographer.
"Their high energy rockin blues and sinfully delightful vocal sounds take you on an emotional roller coaster of sheer ecstasy." Pete Mizell
"This CD starts with a fine interpretation of a Lennon/Mccartney number and finishes with an equally fine rendition of a Steve Winwood number. Sandwiched in-between are 11 superbly penned Snakes-n-Angels numbers. I will not go into my usual track by track breakdown of this CD as it could prove too painful for us all. However, I must give particular credit to Cookin' Blues, Area C, and Can't Find My Way Home. This CD is autobiographical, it is the story of the late, great James Cline (JC) Stephenson, his music, and his struggle for life against cancer. Also, there is the love and support of his wife Nannette, 'Hoot'. Listen to this CD, you will sense the bravery of the man and the love of a man and a woman, shoulder to shoulder fighting the battle together. This CD was recorded between July and December 2001, consider this, JC suffered 175 seizures in October 2001, he had to relearn how to play all of his instruments to complete this last great work. JC sadly lost his battle on March 26th, 2002 before this CD was pressed.
I am sure you will all join me in wishing our sincere condolences to Nannette and their 2 children at their sad loss. A big thank you to Nannette for sending me the CD as soon as it was issued, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to review this superb album and pay tribute to JC, his life, his bravery, his musicianship. His instruments, 'The Snake', 'The Bird' are silent now, he is truly with the Angels. Cherish the music, Cherish his bravery, above all Cherish your memories of the man and his life. I am sure JC would wish you Nannette to continue writing, recording and performing, his memory is an inspiration to us all."
A 'Delta Dawn' Review
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England.