Kicked out of his family home at the age of 14, Steve became a genuine hobo, hopping freights all over America. Always travelling with his guitar - having been taught a few chords as a kid by Delta bluesman KC Douglas, an old pal of the legendary Tommy Johnson - in the '60s he began to play at clubs on the West Coast and supported Son House amongst others.

He played with Lightnin' Hopkins for a while and Freddie King too. After years as a session-man and producer in the Seatle area where he had studio, recording the likes of Modest Mouse and Bikini Kill, his blues career was re-activated in the '90s when he noticed that grunge kids loved his slide-playing.