Stephen Pigman releases “Midnight Gardener”
Stephen Kent Pigman’s new record “Midnight Gardener” is a treat. I don’t actually know Mr. Pigman, but of course I know of him from around town as one of those driven, creative people who has figured out how to survive living and working in the arts and in more than one form - theatre, music, visual…maybe others. Known locally for his work in Feral Swine Experiment and Funk Butter, his solo record “Midnight Gardener” gives Mr. Pigman’s unique songwriting voice a bed of folk-fueled rock-n-roll that may have been born from an equal love of the early 90’s alternative rock scene (think Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pavement) as much as from the tribal and jam-rock scenes of that same period - here I’m thinking Rusted Root, Strangefolk, and moe.
These comparisons are only listed to serve as a jumping off point to dive into this truly original record with great songwriting, interesting arrangements, and fantastic singing. As a plus, the record calls on the talents of some of my favorite musicians including Micah Gilliam and Jim Johnston. Midnight Gardener has a lot to offer many listeners. I for one will need to keep listening to Midnight Gardener to find everything planted within. You can’t go get the record yet though. Mr. Pigman is having a record release show on March 29 at the Colonial Oak Music Park.
- Review by Michael Lagasse
Editor’s Note: Stephen Pigman has also been busy on the “other” side of the art, launching his own music and entertainment company. Pigman’s Music & Arts Company, LLC was formed in 2018 and focuses on design, fabrication, application and consulting in music, scenic art, writing, theatre and education. He said they are currently painting an educational mural at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, designing and building a museum exhibit for Ocala’s Discovery Center, along with being resident scenic artists at Flagler Playhouse in Bunnell, FL. He wanted everyone to know about their upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’s “The Glass Menagerie” at Flagler Playhouse in Bunnell, 3/8 – 3/24, and their arts education program “In the Moment” will be presenting two poetry workshops and a musical performance for school-aged children at the beautiful Fayetteville, AR public library this summer.
Stephen also wanted to give a shout out to artist Aaron Marable of Marable Studios who put in a lot of effort into the album cover design. You can learn more by visiting www.marablestudios.com.