Steven G. Terry | Waiting for the Tables to Turn

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Waiting for the Tables to Turn

by Steven G. Terry

Cover of Wayne Kemp's and Mack Vickery's Waiting for the Tables to Turn.
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Folks looking for Bubblegum Country music should just move along. There is nothing about sippy cups or prom dates in Steven G. Terry's music.

What you will find is music written for adults who are fans of Traditional Country music at it's finest. Steven's music inevitably gets compared to Hank Williams Jr.'s music.

While comparisons are appreciated, Steven is blazing his own trail. Writing and singing tunes straight out of a life spent working as a carpenter in a small Northern Alabama town or his other life spent singing nightly on the road.

At the age of 10 Steven's Grandmother placed a guitar in his arms and taught him a few cords. Those same chords are echoed in most of Steven's tracks. Steven's Grandmother even inspired the track “Stars Are Born Everyday.”

When confronted with an American Idol's host Ryan Seacrest announcing that stars are made on American Idol Steven quickly related what his Grandmother had told him so many years ago. Stars are not “made” on American Idol but “Stars Are Born Everyday.”

Steven married soon after high school but felt restless. The road was calling and he began a career as a gospel singer. Years went by, children came along and the need to be home with them prompted Steven to settle down a bit and leave the road.

A long stint as a carpenter paid the bills, but Steven still had a music itch that needed to be scratched. Had to be scratched is more like it.

Luckily for Steven, his memory was good. In the Spring of 2011 he began recording the songs he had written over the years.

The result was Steven's debut album “Country Cafe”. Original, yet traditional in so many ways, the simple and raw tracks reflected a pent up store of music which flowed out of Steven's creative mind for Country Cafe.

The tracks reflected Steven's life experiences. Whether they were things he had done or seen, these experiences all made their way onto the album.

While “Stars Are Born Everyday” echos a simple message of hope for aspiring musicians, the rocking “You've Got Cheatin on Your Mind” chronicles the despair of a man who knows his woman is thinking about the unthinkable. There is nothing he can do, she's too far gone. She's thinking about cheating. Rupert “Spyder” Deal's lead guitar riffs complement the somber tone of the lyrics perfectly.

A few too many times spent in front of a tired jukebox inspired the song “Drop a Dime”. Many a jukebox have songs which reflect the complete range of emotions a person might have. From love songs to songs of joy to the inevitable songs of sorrow. In “Drop a Dime” Steven urges the listener to play their favorite song to remember how it was with a loved one.

“Dust and Dirt” was inspired when Steven heard an ambulance taking a dying friend to the hospital. While it hurt to see his friend gone, Steven knew that it ain't nothing but dust and dirt in the end.

Years on the road inspired Steven's song “Pickle Jar”. The long days of travel and night times filled with music often left him with a single friend. His pickle jar. While other friends came and went he could count on that pickle jar to enjoy the thick smoke, never talk back, and to pay the way at the end of the day.

A visit to a very old cemetery near Steven's home gave Steven the idea for one of his more inspirational tunes. In this cemetery quite a few Civil War soldiers were hastily buried without a name on their tombstone or perhaps the winds of time may have erased the names on their tombstones.

Regardless of the cause, there is now a significant effort being made by caring and compassionate people nationwide to restore those soldiers' names. As time and money permit, tombstones around the country are being replaced.

Steven's brand new track “Forgotten Names in Stone” is a message to those Civil War soldiers that they will not be forgotten.

At times Forgotten Names in Stone delves into what it might have been like to be a soldier, other lyrics are reassuring, telling the fallen soldier there is a voice out there to carry on for them.

Forgotten Names in Stone is much like Steven's other songs. It is caste from a traditional country mold which is unmistakable in it's Middle America appeal.

Other tracks, like “Sitting on Top of the World”, chronicles Steven's deep and abiding love for his wife. Somewhat autobiographical, the song takes the listener on a journey into how Steven met his wife and how wonderful his life is with her in it.

“Pickle Jar” goes straight for the rockabilly sound. It reflects the hard life Steven has encountered on the road, seemingly at times, with his only real friend, his pickle jar. Steven toured for several years and he saw a lot of miserable moments. But through the thick and the thin his pickle jar was right there with him every night.

Steven had an upbringing steeped in the best of Southern Baptist traditions. “That Old Black Bible” describes the upbringing What was learned is that you might have parents, you might have teachers, and you might have preachers. But in the end you really only have to answer to That Old Black Bible.

Most of us as teens and young adults can relate to the Deep South tradition of drinking far too much. “Don't Tell Momma” reaches deep into the Traditional Country Music genre with it's usage of the steel guitar to convey a sense of foreboding desperation.

From a first person stance, Steven guides the listener into placing themselves in the terrible position of a person whose significant other is so fed up with the drinking problems that his Momma will be told what is happening. It's awkward, but it's a feeling a majority of us have had. We just don't want our Momma told how bad things have become.

From drinking to his girlfriend, “I'm Thinkin About” covers a lot of what a young man might have on his mind at any random moment.

Many of the above songs can be found on Steven's 2011 Country Cafe album. Having just lived through the whirlwind of a tornado laden day on April the 27th Steven rapidly wrote and cut many of the tracks found on the Country Cafe album.

Simple and raw tracks that reflected a pent up store of music flowed out of Steven's creative mind for Country Cafe. The tornado struck a mere mile from Steven's home, but it didn't stop the recording sessions and by early June the album was ready to go with twelve original tunes.

Steven is currently working on tracks for a new album. Don't Tell Momma, Sitting on Top of the World, I'm Thinkin About, and Forgotten Names in Stone will anchor this project. It should be available in the late summer of 2012.

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Dixie McCorkell of Triplestrand Productions

Country like it SHOULD be!!
Stephen:

Great song. I'd love to play it on my syndicated show "Country Legends In The Making" that reaches 400 am/fm stations around the world. You can take a look at my radio site at http://www.tspcountryradio.com and even listen to the recorded version of the show there if you like. Get back to me at ddsj84@yahoo.com if you want the airplay.

Dixie McCorkell CMA/CCMA/ECMA
Triplestrand Productions
ddsj84@yahoo.com
http://www.triplestrandproductions.com
http://www.tspcountryradio.com
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