Stephen Mougin

It didn’t happen on accident. For Stephen “Mojo” Mougin’s career trajectory, it was fate: when Bill Monroe signed Stephen Mougin’s mandolin at the Peaceful Valley Bluegrass Festival in summer 1988, and then used it in a workshop. Talk about a good omen, because now Stephen Mougin is one of the most respected Jack-of-All-Trades in acoustic music. A compassionate teacher, compelling touring guitarist, natural songwriter, sought-after producer, and gifted sound engineer, Stephen Mougin is a go-to guy for pretty much anything under the musical sun.

Guitar Player

Taking a leap into the world of playing music professionally, Mougin moved from the East Coast to Nashville in 2002 to play mandolin with Valerie Smith, but soon switched to playing guitar.

In 2006, Mougin began his role as Sam Bush’s main guitar man in the Sam Bush Band. “The music is wonderful, and the people are wonderful,” Mougin says. “Sam [Bush] has taught me a lot about band leadership and how things work.”

Playing with a supportive band leader made Mougin feel more empowered in his career, which lead him to pursue other creative outlets like Nedski and Mojo, his duo with banjo player Ned Luberecki. Luberecki is a broadcaster for SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction, and plays banjo in Chris Jones and the Night Drivers.

Nedski and Mojo tour together in the off-season and hold workshops on the road: banjo, vocal, duets, harmony. The pair was clearly meant to play together, as their artistic chemistry and genuine friendship exhibits, leaving them a much sought-after duo.

Producer, Engineer, Label Owner

Through playing professionally in Nashville in the early 2000s, Mougin was intrigued and encouraged to learn more about producing and sound engineering. In 2005, he launched Dark Shadow Recording, a studio out of his home, named from the title of a song he wrote called “Dark Shadows.” Now, the record label is booming with four acts to its name: The Rigneys, Nedski & Mojo, himself, and newly-signed Becky Buller.

“Stephen is an excellent producer with very musical ideas. He brings with him years of road experience with the Sam Bush Band and others, as well as a degree in vocal pedagogy. He’s committed to keeping every session fun and stress-free and he knows just the right mic to make my fiddle sound like dark chocolate mousse with sprinkles and cream on top. I love working with him!” –Becky Buller, artist.

Dark Shadow Recording serves as a recording space, record label, production studio, and produces instructional recordings. The Rigneys’ Double or Nothing was released in 2013, and Becky Buller’s new project is currently in the recording process with a 2014 release.

Songwriter

Mougin is also a songwriter. He has several songs to his name recorded by bluegrass artists like The Infamous Stringdusters, Melanie Cannon, Fragment, The Bankesters, Terry Baucom, Cages Bend, Chris Jones and the Night Drivers, The Rigneys, Missy Werner, Kristi Cox, and Nedski and Mojo
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Stephen Mougin exemplifies a renaissance man for the music world. He is always seeking new ways to create, explore, grow, and develop – all for the sake of making music, and helping others. For all his credits and accolades, you’d be surprised at his friendly, trustworthy, and approachable demeanor.

Stephen uses a variety of Fishman products, including the Fishman Ellipse Aura in all of his guitars, and the Fishman SA330x.

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