Just exactly who is Steve?
Your Engineer/Producer/Musician/Pal

If you've been to Nashville, you may recognize me as the regular Sunday night host (and the sometimes-fill-in Monday night host) at the Bluebird Cafe. I'm a bit of a goofball, and I do enjoy pushing the envelope there at the 'Bird. Folks seem to like that.

I'm also an award-winning designer of sound, multi-instrumental musician, record producer, and engineer. I began my training as a student of drums and guitar at the age of eight. After majoring in music at Lawrence University, I worked at Myriad Productions in Gainesville, Florida, where I began learning the skills of engineering and production. In 1988 I moved to Nashville, and since then I have worked in many studios, with all types of gear, analog and digital, vintage and state-of-the-art. In 1997 I built my own ever-evolving production facility in Santa Monica, California, and in 2005 I moved it back to Nashville, with a satellite facility remaining in Los Angeles. I create music, ambience, and sound effects for CDs, film, theater, television, radio, commercials, and the internet.

I am familiar and proficient with hardware and software by Neve, MCI, Sony, Otari, iZ, DigiDesign, Amek, dbx, Neumann, Avalon, Manley, Massenburg, Lexicon, Apogee, Drawmer, Mackie, Genelec, Allen & Heath, Dolby, Zoom, Korg, Kurzweil, Focusrite, Furman, Yamaha, Marshall, Carvin, Roland, Alesis, JBL, Auratone, Tascam, Line 6, Hafler, Denon, Eventide, AKG, Sennheiser, Antares, Melodyne, Telefunken, ElectroVoice, Shure, Adobe, Sonic Foundry, Twelve-Tone Systems, Cakewalk, Emu, TL Audio, Peavey, Akai, and many others. My learning curve is very steep.

I play guitars, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, mandolin, dobro, pedal steel guitar, banjo, and ukelele at a studio level. I can occasionally be persuaded to noodle around on an accordion.

In 1999 I won a Garland Award for Sound Design for "The Memorandum," produced at The Odyssey Theater, Los Angeles, California. In 2004 I won an Ovation Award for Sound Design for "Cold/Tender," produced at The Theatre At Boston Court, Pasadena, California.

I have been a recording engineer for over 30 years. I've recorded hundreds of songs and CDs, produced sound for film, television, and theater, and worked with artists of all styles, ages, and species. Some of my nuttier compositions can be heard on the Dr. Demento Show and the Bob And Tom Show.

For more about my Sound Design work, click here.