Husband-wife musical duo, Corrina Rose Logston and Jeremy Stephens, are leading the Home Routes series this year in Hinton.
They’ll bring a variety of old-time and bluegrass songs, complete with fiddle and banjo. Incorporated into the performance as well is Logston’s original music. With a love of performing brother style duets from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, they were dubbed the “Stephens brothers” by some of their friends in the music industry and their homebase of Nashville.
“A few people have randomly called us the Stephens Brothers in fun, so we thought maybe we could incorporate that into our name,” said Stephens.
On one occasion as they were about to come on stage to perform in Nashville, a friend introduced them to the crowd, “They wanted to be brothers so bad, that they got married.”
The duo met in 2009 at a Bluegrass Music convention in Nashville and ended up playing a few tunes together. It wasn’t long after that when Stephens decided to move from his home in Virginia to Nashville where she was already living and going to college.
Logston graduated with a music business and artist production degree and went on to create a major artist production.
“It set her up perfectly for managing her own music career,” said Stephens.
Stephens was determined to make music and performing his way of life. He was hired by a gospel group called The Chuck Wagon Gang to sing and play rhythm guitar for six years.
“That allowed me to live in Nashville, pay rent, eventually buy a house, and do what I wanted to do, which was play music for a living,” he said.
Stephens was first exposed to bluegrass and pre-war country music through his babysitters as a young child, and loved that style of music ever since.
“I fell in love with it at an early age. My parents didn’t know much about it. They pursued trying to put me around the right people and find out as much as they could about the music to get me to the right places to hear it and be around others that played it,” he said.
From an early age he played in a band with his friends until he moved to Nashville.
Logston was brought up in a family band, attending many bluegrass festivals and hearing all types of artists.
Logston hoped to get a stratocaster electric guitar for her birthday at a young age, but the family band lacked a fiddler and as she expected, she didn’t get her stratocaster.
“When she saw the box, it wasn’t big enough to be a stratocaster. So she opened it up and found a fiddle. She really took to it and that’s her primary instrument now,” said Stephens.
Logston has a passion for creating new music and Stephens claims she pushes him to develop and adapt his skills in different styles.
Currently, the couple is working together often with the band High Fidelity, as well as performing at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville hosted by the oldest male member, Jesse McReynolds.
Their music is continually evolving but they always come back to their beloved songs from the early 1900’s. A song called Highway 52 is currently Stephens’ favourite to perform and he added that anyone part of Home Routes will also see this performance.
The Stephens Brothers perform a different arrangement of the original song, a little bit more metal and slowed down, added Stephens.
The nice thing about Home Routes and performing in someone’s home is being so close to the audience, he said. Home Routes concerts are hosted by volunteers in their homes or other community venues.
The music tour includes blues, Cajun, bluegrass or old-time, to Celtic, Irish, World, American or Canadian music.
The Stephens Brothers perform in Hinton on Oct. 27. To find out more go to homeroutes.ca.