Steve was born a percussionist, incessantly banging on his mother’s gumbo pots as soon as he could crawl. The moment he saw a drummer in a live band… he knew. By the time he was 12, he had saved up enough to get his first drum set. His family and neighbors will never forget it.
After 14 years in the Austin music scene, he moved to Arizona where he immersed himself in hand drumming and music from other cultures. He has performed and recorded in many diverse genres, blending these sensibilities to help create music that is exquisitely alive in the moment! Steve moved to Asheville and started playing with Phuncle Sam in 2009.
In addition to Phuncle Sam, Steve also plays with a number of other bands including Chikomo Marimba, Curious George, Mande Foly, and inimitable Blue Paradox. When not playing music and building instruments, Steve likes to play in the mud and make homes and other stuff out of said mud. (See: MudStrawLove.com)
“The Grateful Dead has spawned a fertile subculture that continues to thrive and grow, and Phuncle Sam is part of our Asheville family. It’s like a river of music, and every show we get to jump into that boat with our audience, grab the oars and go on a river trip, exploring the possibility of magic that night!”