Steve Saunders

Steve Saunders (stevesaundersmusic.com) is a singer-songwriter now living in Cincinnati and performing regionally in house concerts and listening rooms. He cut his teeth singing and playing where he grew up in Eastern Kentucky and telling the entertaining stories behind his songs are hallmarks of his shows. Come prepared for a little singing along!

A good way to describe Steve Saunders' music is a cross between Jason Isbell and Jimmy Buffett.  People have a good time while his original songs may feature meaningful lyrics. 

Steve joined a couple of bands in Paintsville during High School and his brother Mark bought him his first guitar. “In those days (before the internet), we had to find someone who knew a song and have them teach us.  My poor mother was probably sick of The Eagles’ ‘Lying Eyes’, at least the intro, because I just learned the intro and the verse.  I never learned the chorus.  I got tired of trying to learn other people’s songs, so I wrote my own.”  The Del Tones and Rhythm Kings recorded one of his first songs he ever wrote. 

Kentucky Beginnings

Steve was raised in Paintsville, KY, also home to music legends Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Chris Stapleton and Tyler Childers.  He was surrounded by music his whole life.  “I started out singing in the church.  My mother was probably the best singer I had ever heard.  If we visited another church within a 75 mile radius, they would completely redo their program: ‘We see that Alice Saunders is visiting today. Would you mind singing something for us?’  She would.  My mother’s voice ranged four octaves. When she sang, she would hit these really high notes and then soar even higher.  I would hold my breath every time she sang and she never missed.”

Steve sang at the high school talent show in sixth grade, which caught the attention of a local musical family in town who invited him to join the band, The Del Tones and Rhythm Kings, which recorded on Wednesday evenings for Saturday broadcasts on WSIP radio.

 

Heading North to Greater Cincinnati

 Steve moved to Greater Cincinnati area and attended Northern Kentucky University.  He worked in the media services dept where he was introduced to multi track recording.  Steve played in bands around Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for years.  At one point he met and developed a friendship with the Joe Walsh band during the Confessor tour traveling with them to several cities.  Steve became close with the late Rick Rosas (aka Rick the Bass Player) and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Waddy Watchel.  

(Joe Walsh, Steve Saunders and Waddy Watchel)

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