Stevie Tombstone during a set at the Heirloom Cafe in sunny Thomson, Illinois Friday night. (Courtesy of Tony Belha)
Stevie Tombstone, guitarist, singer and songwriter from Upstate New York, hit the stage at Heirloom Cafe in Thomson Friday night, May 17, to a full house. Stevie performed mostly original tunes that cross between folk, blues and country, including several from his latest album, “Greenwood,” an autobiographical account of his life as a father, husband and traveling musician.
“The title cut is a tale about the trip I took to Mississippi in the early Nineties along with my buddy Rick Richards and blues legend Johnny Shines,” Stevie said.
“We went down to deliver a gravestone for the then unhonored Robert Johnson. It was a strange experience and we were not well received.”
Over the years, Stevie has performed with a veritable who’s who of underground and nationally recognized players, featuring members of Circus of Power, Wilco, the Georgia Satellites, and Jason & The Scorchers. Priding himself in his ability to cross genres, he has also had the honor of sharing the bill with the likes of Leon Russell, the Stray Cats, Greg Allman, Willie Nelson, Drive By Truckers, Johnny Bush, and the Ramones, just to name a few.
He is currently living in Upstate New York with his wife and child when not touring.