We had the pleasure of sitting down with
Steevie and Jon at a local coffee shop the
other day and getting their story.
Let's flash back to the beginning of their
individual musical journeys. Jon had been
in various punk rock and classic rock
bands, but kept getting kicked out for
being too serious. He formed punk band
"The Pink Spiders" with some buddies who
were just as dedicated as he was, and his
music career took off. The band got a
record deal and were successful for
Meanwhile, Steevie was playing everything
from classic rock to R&B to blues and
jazz in her small hometown in
Pennsylvania. It would have been easy to
stay there, making a living singing
covers. But Steevie had surpassed
her small town goals and craved more. She
wanted to write music, so she packed up
her things and made the big move to
Nashville. Right away she dove headfirst
into the song-writing community. Needing
money to live off of while pursuing her
dreams, Steevie got a job as a waitress.
Jon had moved back to Nashville as well.
His band had ended, and he was looking for
an opportunity to make music. Upon meeting
Steevie there was an immediate connection.
The pair believes it was in part from
similar upbringings in like minded towns.
Funny thing is, the two discovered they
had been living right down the road from
each other years ago, but had never met.
Steevie and Jon started singing together
and it felt right.
When asked to describe their sound I'm
told it's country infused in a modern
"It's not backwoods country, but we've got
some big city pop. When you get big city
and backwoods country you have to go
through town eventually" Steevie says.
Hence the name Towne was born. Wanting to
stand out from the hordes of songwriters
in town and to tell their unique story,
the duo prides themselves on good
songwriting, honest lyrics, and real
Both members were recently able to quit
their day jobs, something so many
struggling artists aspire to do. "Right
now the transition is so awesome being
able to do music full time. I probably
made more money waitressing, but I spent
more time focusing on my abilities and
goals" Steevie confesses. She was spending
5 days a week at the restaurant and
unable to do anything else. It's tough and
very discouraging trying to balance a full
time music career with a full time job.
Jon agrees, stating "The thing is you can
maintain doing that. You can work your
butt off and your just spinning your
wheels. It makes it really hard to move
But for them all the hard work finally
paid off, and the two couldn't be happier.
As most independent artists will tell you
it's definitely not easy to make a living
doing music. In fact, it's harder because
there isn't that guaranteed set paycheck
While Steevie and Jon love that Nashville
has become more of an epicenter for music,
there are drawbacks. The main one being
that with so many young hopefuls moving to
town everyday, the cost of living has
"Back in the day you could afford to live.
Now if your not killing it I don't see how
people do it" Jon comments, remembering
paying $450 to live in a studio in
Mid-Town not too many years ago.
The town has changed dramatically on the
music end as well. We discuss Los Angeles,
and how they have always been doing the
music thing. They feel that Nashville is
getting a taste of that culture, but with
one foot still stuck in the past. Local
business owners are nostalgic for the
traditional country sound this town is
famous for, but are learning to grow and
adapt with the changing styles.
Being an artist in an ever changing
industry, you have to stay on your toes.
"It's so progressive. There's so many
different sources to get music online.
That's been the biggest change in the
industry for people who are trying to make
a living" notes Steevie.
"It's always been that way. You would make
money in several different places. Now
your money is concentrated in touring"
So what does town Towne hope to achieve?
"We want success. We want to keep fighting
and pull through" Steevie enthuses. Having
seen a lot of talented friends get knocked
down by the industry, the duo is
determined to never give up on their
The band is about to hit the studio
and is totally stoked to record. "I want
to cut songs we believe in, and do the
best possible job. I want to take that and
get a lot more shows, stay on the road.
The sky is the limit" exclaims Jon.
"I hope we're welcomed somewhere in the
music world and are able to connect with
people. That's all we care about." adds
Towne has an upcoming full band show this
Thursday at The Basement and we encourage
anyone in the area to go check them out!
Meanwhile, everyone can check out their
music video for "The One I Love" and keep
up with the band through social media.
We can't wait to see where the road takes
OUT THE MUSIC VIDEO "THE ONE I LOVE"