Almost Steve was started around 1995 when Jeff Buchanan and Bill Johnson teamed up with other Greenville,SC natives Brian Buchanan and Todd Verdin. Over the next couple of years they toured the Southeast and released self-produced album Green Vegas, Super City. Around 1998 the band went through some member changes with the addition of John Fitzgerald on keyboard and Aaron Lavigne on drums. Todd, Bill, and Ryan Taylor(percussion) then left to pursue other projects. About a year later, Bill returned to the band. It is during this time Almost Steve played some of it’s biggest shows, including The House of Blues in Chicago, IL. They toured heavily for the next couple of years. This was a schedule which included being on the road for almost 25 days a month, traveling from Florida to Michigan. This was with the help of promoter James Lockhardt. Almost Steve returned home to change it’s line-up for the last time, adding Brian Kennedy on drums. John left to pursue other projects bringing the Steves back to a four piece line up. Almost Steve continued to tour through the early part of the 2000’s. This included going back to the Midwest, finally returning home to Charleston, SC in 2003. Then they began to work on their long awaited sophomore album. They worked at Fusion 5 Studios in Charleston under the direction of producer. John Yerick. Almost Steve worked for almost 6 months on this project, when reluctantly, they decided to trash the project and take an indefinite hiatus. Currently, the many members and many faces of Almost Steve still remain great friends, and occasionally you can catch the founding members Jeff and Bill playing acoustic shows around the Carolina.
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