Fort Worth artist Chet Stevens hits the stage at the new Magnolia Motor Lounge location

A full band on stage

Chet Stevens performed at the new location of Magnolia Motor Lounge last Thursday night. Photo: Jessica Waffles

Chet Stevens played at the new location of Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth last week, showcasing is dynamic voice and impeccable guitar skills.

Although he took a bit of a break from performing with a full band, he’s been hard at work writing new material that takes him back to the roots of music being a healing outlet.

“”It’s about going after something I enjoy and brings joy,” Stevens said in an interview before the set. “It’s not about what people will like, but more about what I like to do. I’m getting back to music as therapy.”

A singer and a bassist on stage

Chet Stevens (left) and Montez Garner (right) performing at Magnolia Motor Lounge. Photo: Jessica Waffles

A drummer on stage

Drummer Christopher “Chill” Hill celebrated his birthday while playing with Chet Stevens. Photo: Jessica Waffles

During the pandemic, Stevens worked with producer Josh Goode on five songs, including the 2020 release “Sex and Trouble” and 2021 release “Play The Move.”

“I enjoyed the break of not playing live and get in a room alone with my computer to work on music,” Stevens said.

An upcoming song he’s particularly excited about is called “People.”  He self produced all the instrumentation except drums, which were performed by Christopher “Chill” Hill.

“It’s about relationships to people, and how some work out and some don’t,” Stevens said. “Some you put on the back burner or remove yourself.”

A wide shot of the interior of a bar and a stage

The new location for Magnolia Motor Lounge is spacious on the inside with a large seating area and a wide bar. Photo: Jessica Waffles

a guitarist on stage

Chet Stevens often gets lost in the music while on stage. Photo: Jessica Waffles

“I try to do things with positive energy and thought process, but sometimes you gotta be real. As people, we live life with an ebb and flow of emotions,” Stevens said. “There’s been a lot of heavy grief the past couple of years, a lot of loss in the family. But you have to switch up your energy to promote the way you want to be.”

Stevens continues working on the many songs that have been in production for the past three years. Keep an eye out for new release announcements on his Instagram page.

Although no full band shows are currently on the books, you can see his acoustic solo calendar on his website.

Daniel Porter delivers his stank face during a solo while performing with Chet Stevens. Photo: Jessica Waffles

A full band on stage

The band in full swing at Magnolia Motor Lounge. (left to right) Daniel Porter, Timothy Macon, Chet Stevens, Christopher “Chill” Hill, Montez Garner. Photo: Jessica Waffles

Birthday boy Christopher “Chill” Hill and Chet Stevens. Photo: Jessica Waffles

Jessica Waffles is a freelance photographer/videographer and regular contributor to KXT. 

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