I first had the Nord on one of Delbert McClinton’s Cruises. I was watching the Paul Thorn band and heard a Hammond B3 but could not see anything on stage except this guy with a short red keyboard. I was fascinated. A few years later when I was working with horn driven funk band, Mingo Fishtrap, I purchased an Electro 3 to reproduce those beautiful B3 sounds. I’ve never looked back and added and Electro 4HP seven years ago. I’ve been all Nord since then and am excited to now have a Nord endorsement.

Lewis Stephens

USA

Associated acts:

Freddie King
Delbert McClinton
Vassar Clements
Tracy Nelson
Bobby Bare
Marshall Chapman
Anson Funderburgh
Seth James
Mingo Fishtrap
Gary Nicholson
Stephen Bruton
Mike Zito

Lewis Stephens is a Fort Worth, Texas born keyboardist who has played and recorded with major artists from many different genres. Lewis has played and recorded with three Hall of Fame inductees during his fifty year career; Freddie King (2012 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Bobby Bare (2013 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame) and Marty Stuart (2020 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame). 

Lewis saw the world with Freddie King as he toured with ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eric Clapton, Tower of Power, Santana, Muddy Waters, Sonny Terry and Brownee McGee, Charlie Daniels, Marshall Tucker and many other musical icons of the day.  

Lewis left Freddie King in 1976, a few short months before his death, to play with Delbert McClinton. He played piano and organ with Delbert for a couple of years traveling coast to coast and border to border. Lewis played Hammond B3 on Delbert's Johnny Sandlin produced, "Second Wind" album.  Lewis was honored to play alongside the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section as they recorded the rhythm tracks for this album.

Lewis moved to Nashville in 1978 to play with Vassar Clements. Vassar’s band at the time included a young Marty Stuart, Buzzy Meekins and Jimmy Charles. Lewis remained in Nashville for three years. While in Nashville he worked with Tracy Nelson, Marshall Chapman and Bobby Bare. Lewis returned to Texas and took a long hiatus after his son, Chris, was born. 

In the mid-nineties, Delbert McClinton invited Lewis and his family to come along on one of his early Sandy Beaches Charter Cruises. This led Lewis to reconnect with many old band mates and he began playing again. Over the past twenty-five years Lewis has played with Stephen Bruton, Seth James, Andrew “Jr. Boy” Jones, Wanda King (Freddie's daughter), Marc Benno, Anson Funderburgh, Gary Nicholson/Whitey Johnson, Mingo Fishtrap, Teresa James and Mike Zito and the Wheel to name a few.  

Lewis has played on recent recordings by Gary Clark Jr., Mike Zito, Albert Castiglia, Kat Riggins, Teresa James, Ally Venable and Tyler Morris. He has a home overdub studio and sends keyboard tracks across the globe. He is always prepared in both live performance and recording work. Lewis became a Nord endorsee in 2020. 

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