I was born Steven B. Farmer in St. Louis, Mo. on April 16th, 1959.
Growing up just after the birth of rock, I was especially influenced by
the ‘album rock’ era — the music played in 60’s and 70’s by local
stations KSHE-95 and the old KADI-96. I found the FM dial by accident
one night, and my life changed to stereo….I wanted to be a rock star,
and at age 9 formed The Mountain Lions with my brothers Dan, Mike,
and Dave Farmer. We were awful, but nobody would tell us because we
played in front of encouraging family and neighbors. We even
unscrewed the lid from our big toy box and found some of dad’s spray
paint to make our stage sign! Dad was not thrilled!
At age 13, I started taking private guitar lessons. The best advice my
first teacher gave me was to learn to sing. Guitar players can find
work, but singing guitar players get twice as much work. It was only 3
years later that I was teaching private guitar lessons at the studio
where I learned, Huelsing Music on Watson at Arsenal.
In 1976, while at Bishop Du Bourg High School, I helped found
Quintessence, a foursome that eventually expanded into an 8-piece
horn band working the wedding circuit for Bob Kuban, Dick Hall
Entertainment, and other booking agents. From Parish Homecomings
to City Festivals, we played a wide variety of dance music. Alas, the
trend toward DJ’s at weddings and dances took its toll on many bands
in St. Louis. With little work left, Quintessence finally called it quits in
2010 after 34 years together! Perhaps we played your wedding?
In 2003 I began attending Open Mic nights at That One Place in Fenton
and I began compiling and rehearsing my favorites. The result is
EvenSteven, a stage name I picked so people would remember me and
the tax man wouldn’t? EvenSteven’s sound includes a drum machine
and vocal harmonizer so you get the sound of a three-piece band for
the price of a solo performer!
While I never did become a Rock Star, I am blessed to be able to still
entertain for friends, family, and fans across St. Louis.
Thanks for reading!