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Steve Stern is from Fairmont, WV and began playing in bands, and doing solo performances, in his middle teens. He attended WVU and played in coffee houses and small clubs in the early 1970’s, then moved to Pittsburgh to attend Pitt, and continued public performances there. His band, The New Anthem Band, started in 1986 and was featured at Harley-Davidson rallies, since he wrote “The Harley Anthem” (later changed to "The Bikers Anthem" - long story....), and many regional fairs, festivals, and bars as the popularity of his music spread.
Teaming with Laurie Cackowoski, he played with an ensemble of musicians beginning in 1990 called “Guns and Garters”, providing over 200 performances every year in W. Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. Featured by the city of Pittsburgh in many neighborhood fairs and festivals over the years, Steve's original songs became popular, and he was recognized as one of the city's premier songwriters. Steve wrote "The Steel City Blues" in 1975 and that was a standard for many blues bands in Western PA, relating to the changes going on during Pittsburgh's "Renaissance II" period when the steel mills were leveled and/or modernized and entire neighborhoods and families were effected - not always in a positive way.
His 1988 45 rpm record featured "The Bikers Anthem", rewritten for and used by Harley-Davidson for several years at races and company promotions. The flip side, "The Queen of Fun", was a local hit on W PA country music stations and juke boxes.
Steve has opened for some great artists: Merle Haggard, John Hartford, Jerry Jeff Walker, Ray Bensen and Asleep at the Wheel, and David Bromberg.
Hickory, PA's Apple Festival featured Steve and bandmates for many years before he moved to Nashville.
In 1993, Steve moved to Nashville to build a career, especially as a songwriter. In June, 1997, at the age of 43, he had open heart quintuple by-pass surgery. After a lengthy recovery, he continued writing and performing. His plans for a new CD came together in 2004 and he was able to put together "Steam Powered Stern" with friends Jack Irwin and Mike McAdam, along with a stellar group of pickers. The CD was released on March 6, 2007.
Steve is the co-founder and President of the Mobile Electronics Competition Association, or MECA, the largest car audio sports organization in the USA, with club chapters in the Virgin Islands, Indonesia, Thailand, Trinidad, and China. He oversees 180+ events each year and promotes the enjoyment of music in mobile environments and judges car show events when possible.
Steve lives in Goodlettsville, TN about 15 miles north of Nashville with his wife Susan and 2 of their 3 kids: Ethan 18, and Rachel Beth 13. He spends a lot of time on the road. He is a Ford guy, and partial to Ranchero car/truck restoration.
Steve's working on new songs; mostly co-writing with other Nashville based songwriters. He's a member of the AFM, local #257.
Steve is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, and the Americana Music Association, Folk Alliance, Nashville Songwriters Association International, and the Songwriters Guild of America. He has been a volunteer for the annual Nashville Songwriters Festival on Music Row every June.