After studying at Mannes/Manhattan College of Music, I began my professional career playing guitar in Broadway Musicals, including EVITA, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC and MAN OF LA MANCHA. I had a production company in NYC called RIGHT SOUND MUSIC. We produced commercial music for companies including NIKE, PONTIAC, DUPONT and many others. My first band was signed by legendary rock impresario SID BERNSTEIN, and since then both as a solo artist and as a member of the band LITTLE BLUE, I have made records for BLUE ROSE RECORDS, TAXIM RECORDS, RENEGADE RECORDS and IMMERGENT RECORDS. My latest CD, “Time Still Knocking”, features a host of illustrious guests including David Crosby, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Dave Koz, Paul Barrere and Jennifer Warnes.
Over the years, both in New York City and in Los Angeles, I have maintained a busy schedule. I was the project coordinator for the Shout Factory release of the 20th anniversary edition of the Jennifer Warnes/Leonard Cohen project "Famous Blue Raincoat", and I toured and recorded with Jennifer as her musical director. I recently won two HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA awards for best song in the Americana/Roots and The Blues categories. I helped develop and produce sessions for “On The Music Path”, a series of music lesson apps for the iPad, featuring such artists as Jackson Browne, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, and Richard Thompson, as well as releasing an Introduction To Guitar series of my own lessons.
I had the honor to record and mix Ravi Shankar’s final two performances, both to be released on DVD.
I manage KATONAH RECORDING STUDIOS and THE RENEGADE MUSIC GROUP.
I was the composer for the documentary “Dying to Know,” about Timothy Leary and Ram Dass, narrated by Robert Redford. I contributed guitar to David Crosby’s last solo album, Sky Trails, and has co-written a song for his newly released record, “For Free”. My new CD, “Walking Through These Blues”, was recently released on VIVID SOUND. This CD features a host of guests, including David Crosby, Iain Matthews, Tony Furtado, Bekka Bramlett, Jeff Pevar, Greg Leisz and many others. In addition to David Crosby, Steve has worked with John Oates, Jennifer Warnes, Kenny Loggins, Eric Andersen, Iain Matthews, Pure Prairie League, Dan Navarro and many others. I recently contributed engineering and mixing duties to the James Taylor/Carole King live concert film, “The Troubadour Reunion Tour”.
I performed on and co-produced a CD for renowned producer/guitarist and songwriter Danny (Kootch) Kortchmar. The CD features a star studded cast including guest appearances by James Taylor, Jackson Browne, David Crosby, and Michael McDonald. This CD led to the formation of a new band, The Immediate Family, which in addition to Steve includes legendary session men Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Waddy Wachtel & Russ Kunkel. The band has released numerous videos, a live record, 3 EP’s and a full length LP of new material on Quarto Valley Records. Their first single, Cruel Twist, reached top 10 on the blues charts. The band will be featured in a documentary by “Wrecking Crew” director Denny Tedesco. Their new full length record will be released in conjunction with the roll out of the film.
I take great pleasure in being the “conductor” of THE NIGHT TRAIN MUSIC club, which is always changing and adding new members. I look forward to our next ride.