Steve grew up in Palo Alto, CA. Playing guitar and performing in bands, he decided that music was to be his life's calling. Early on he became a huge fan of blues artists BB King, Bobby "Blue" Bland and Little Junior Parker. He found these artists when he discovered radio station KWBR AM from Oakland. KWBR was 1000 watts of genuine lo-fi mono soul music that left a huge footprint in the Bay Area music scene.