With the release of his melodically infectious, lyrically insightful new full length album Grayling, Stephen Winston brings a fresh updated twist on the classic 70’s singer-songwriter vibe to a contemporary culture sorely in need of his kind of heartfelt and emotional musical storytelling.
The ambitious collection, produced by award winning producer Joel Jaffe (Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Hornsby, Huey Lewis & The News ) unfolds in a powerful way to allow first time listeners to share in a multitude of stories and snapshots from a diverse array of life experiences. “My goal was never to be a rock star. I make music because I love it. I just want people to hear and enjoy it.” The core band consists of Jaffe (guitars and backing vocals), longtime Santana drummer Billy Johnson and bassist Steve Evans (Manzarek, Bob Weir, Eric Gale). Other contributors include longtime Tower of Power member Mic Gillette, renowned Hammond B-3 ace Eamonn Flynn and background vocalist Omega Rae. Winston himself contributes piano, guitars and vocals.