I’m not sure exactly when I met Steve. It could be the year he won the Kerrville Songwriters’ competition. Or, it could have been in the Kerrville campgrounds before that.
Either way, when I moved to New York in 1986 and joined the volunteer staff at Fast Folk Musical Magazine (their catalog is now part of the Smithsonian’s archives), Steve was a stalwart member helping get unknown writer’s as much exposure as possible. (People first showcased on Fast Folk include Lyle Lovette, Suzanne Vega, and Michelle Shocked.)
When I moved to Washington, DC in 1991, there was Steve, hosting open mikes, running songwriter showcases, always supporting others. I was quite complimented when he asked me to be one of the 40 songwriters who helped him celebrate his 40th birthday.
All of this support for others is pretty impressive for a guy who is a great songwriter himself. Check out his song Record Time on Kathy Mattea’s album Lonesome Standard Time as an example. Fast Folk had its annual concert at the Bottom Line in the Village. Kathy Mattea had been a featured guest. As she was leaving, she heard another great songwriter Josh Joffen on stage singing Record Time. It stopped her in her tracks, and she ran backstage to get rights to Steve’s song!
Today Steve is back in his home state of California, performing up a storm and showcasing bunches of other artists (naturally).
You can check him out HERE.