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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 awhile.

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 era. 

"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 emotion.

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 forward."

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 every week.

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 skyrocketed.

"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" adds Jon.

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 dreams.

 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 Steevie.

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 this duo!




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