Steve James is a veteran roots/blues/folk musician, a notable songwriter, one of the best modern bottleneck slide players, also a writer and storyteller. In the world of contemporary acoustic and roots music, he’s earned his reputation with decades of tireless international touring, a stack of solo recordings, a funny, kinetic stage presence and an unmistakable style of playing and singing.
He’s shared his creative instrumental approach on guitar, slide guitar and mandolin with books, print lessons, DVDs and on-line tutorials for Acoustic Guitar and Homespun plus literally hundreds of music camps and workshops.
His own recordings engage with other top notch musicians- Cindy Cashdollar, Bad Livers, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Del Rey and a host of others. As a sideman, both on stage and on record, he’s played with Howard Armstrong, Bo Diddley, John Hammond, Maria Muldaur, Furry Lewis and James McMurtry to name a few…he often gets a shout-out to “get on up here” from the likes of Tommy Emmanuel or Hot Tuna. He has appeared on “A Prairie Home Companion”, “Austin City Limits Live”, “NPR Morning Edition” and many other syndicated broadcasts worldwide.
foto Steve James © Kirsten Mohan