The post 1980's career of Ian Stephen began in 1984 in Melbourne, Victoria as the lead singer of original and critically acclaimed post-punk southern gospel and alt country group The Slaughtermen, named in Rolling Stone as one of Australia's most unique bands of all time. Ian moved Sydney in 1989, and began recording a solo album 'Workin on the Nightshift' which was released on Agape Records in 1990. 'King of the Cross' Ian's first solo album contained a hybrid of alt country, and southern gospel was released on Massive in 1995. Ian also toured with his band 'Sinners Saved by Grace' during the early 1990's. 'King of the Cross' received unanimous praise from the critics, including a three and a half star review from Rolling Stone Magazine. Other projects included ...A Slaughtermen live album, a television pilot. A series of interviews with the major stars of Australian country music for SBS TV . Ian also had a regular radio program on North Harbour FM. . Ian performed at the Tamworth country music festival in 1995, as well as Queensland's Gympie muster the following year. Ian also made TV appearances on Australian TV shows 'Ernie and Denise' (channel 9) 'At Home' with John Mangos, (channel 10), 'It's Country Today' (channel 7), and 'Stampede' (ABC). In 2001 Ian relocated to San Francisco where he now lives. In 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Ian Stephen continued to write and record music and perform in San Francisco. Releases include and Cementville 1998, and as a member of Capital Expressway, the CD of the same name 2005, both available at CDBaby.com Ian has also been writing a monthy opinion column for Australian music magazine Rhythms since 1997, and continues to be an innovative musical force from San Francisco and beyond.
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