Although the calendar says the Livingroom Legends, a former AMPED champion, is well into its lucky 13th year, the band acknowledges that there are a lot of people who might be unfamiliar with the Americana rock ensemble.
For several years, careers, side projects and raising a young family – Ken Stephens and his wife, Mindy, play guitar and bass, respectively, and both sing – sidelined the act. Still, the Stephenses still considered it an ongoing project. Ken continued to write for the band, which began as a duo but now features five players, and they continued to play, albeit not often publicly.
“We were in the living room,” Mindy said with a smile.
Recently however, the band wrapped its third release – titled Livingroom Legends – and has made a habit of playing out again. Ken Stephens said those familiar with previous incarnations might be a little surprised by what they hear.
“It’s kind of strange, because now there are a lot of days when I really want to jam things out more,” he said. “I think we’re getting louder. I thought people mellowed as they got older.”