The Crofoot hosted some of country music's finest local and national talent in March and the place was rockin' country style with Stephen Cochran with special guest BUFFY LAWSON sitting in also kickin' it out that night local artists JULIANNE, AUSTIN SCOTT TRIO, & ANNABELLE ROAD.
Stephen was a U.S. Marine, War Veteran and is now the “Face” of VA’s Research and Development so there was a discount at the door for veterans. With a Music Row pedigree, a soldier's sense of purpose and a lifetime's worth of stories, this singer/songwriter exploded onto the country music scene in 2007 with a critically acclaimed, self-titled debut album that captured the hearts of fans, critics and a lot of everyday heroes.
Stephen Born in Pikeville, Kentucky and raised in the creative heart of Nashville's songwriting and recording community, Cochran watched his Dad, known as Steve Cochran, wrestle with the machinery of Music Row as a struggling songwriter and artist back in the '70s. Country greats Bobby Bare and the late Del Reeves are just a couple of the characters that drifted in and out of the Cochran home.
"That was my school, coming home and watching Dad practice and play and write," he says. "With Dad doing his music hustle, I was raised in the business and I learned the ins and outs. I love music, and that's what he instilled in me."
Cochran's life on his way to his own country music career is about as real as it gets. Following the tragic events of 9/11, with his career just getting off the ground, Cochran did an about face, joining the Marines' elite reconnaissance division and headed straight to Iraq. He returned safely, but wasn't so lucky on his next overseas tour - to Afghanistan. After losing a good friend to enemy fire, Cochran returned home with a broken back and a newfound determination to make his country music dream come true. He used his recovery time well, digging deep to reignite his passion for songwriting.
Buffy Lawson Photo by Vicki Talbott
Julianne Photo by Vicki Talbott
AUSTIN SCOTT TRIO Photo by Vicki Talbott
Annabelle Road Photo by Vicki Talbott