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Facing Monday

by Stephen Lee Rich

Stephen Lee Rich is your Friendly, Neighborhood, Yodeling Cowboy whether performing country, traditional folk, country, his original, edgey songs, or his outrageous comedy.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Never Gonna Live That Way Again
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2. Porchlight Blues
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3. I've Had That Happen to Me
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4. Facing Monday
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5. Caffiene
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6. Truckers' Secret (Turn To The Right)
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7. Think and Drink
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8. These Cowboys
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9. Mornin' Blues/Rocky Road
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10. The Yodel Song
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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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."
Maximum Ink

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
Entertainer!


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Aaron Nathans/The B-Side

Stephen Lee Rich is a local treasure
Facing Monday - Stephen Lee Rich

Stephen Lee Rich is a local treasure. Any musician can learn a lot from watching this yodeling cowboy live: He keeps the show rolling with high-energy songs, expressive delivery and a balance of emotion and humor. He presents music as entertainment, without a trace of ego or pretense.

This album is full of fine-crafted original old-style country songs, delivered with a twangless folk sensibility. Never Gonna Live That Way Again revs things up; Porchlight Blues brings things way down; you can practically see a fly hovering around the lightbulb. The human-condition-themed shuffle I've Had That Happen to Me is one of my favorites, with some great vocal harmonies, and the insightful line "The miracle of life is that we all endure."

The album is a defiant look at personal tragedy, laughing in the face of death. The song Facing Monday has a line that just breaks your heart: "Love just died on Sunday, facing Monday on my own."

A few of his live gems are great here. He covers Sandy Andina's Caffiene, a hora that explores the need for liquid speed; and his signature tune, Ray Baas Sawyer's The Yodel Song, gives the album an intense and lighthearted finish.

Rich is the regular host of the Urban Market Open Mic. That open mic, which goes back to its days at the Speed Jump (and before that, Mother Fool's), has cultivated a scene of its own. Rich is more than a musician, he cultivates music as community. He's a good man to get to know.