For 40 years, Stephen Ackles has been Norway’s main importer of roots music. With Southern blood running through his vains he has been sharing his pure love for music in an unpolished, bittersweet and honest way. Stephen serves up a nostalgic and at the same time original repertoire. Craving for constant renewal he will release his 20th album this year.
Ackles’ music has always been inspired by the great American legends and he has worked on a number of occasions with giants such as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Jerry Lee Lewis, Sir Elton John, Erik Bye and Janis Ian. Continuing the succesful Elvis tribute show after more than 400 shows he has just received raving reviews for his Erik Bye show.
Stephen’s performance of Satan at NRK’s Trygdekontoret has been regarded as the best musical performance on Norwegian Television in a long time. His comeback album For More Than Only Tonight featuring Satan was received as his best album of his career. The album caused a new generation to embrace his raw, pure and powerful voice.
With a heap of experience playing thousands of shows in Norway, Europe and the United States, Stephen Ackles easily fits any intimate setting with a small combo, or in any club with a punchy live band. The Tennessee Viking also brings his top notch band to the bigger audiences at summer festivals.