Stephen B. Antonakos, AKA Homeboy Steve, first gained in his hometown of New York City as guitar player and singer with the General Sherman Band who won the 1985 Village Voice Street Performer competition. They played "classic rock" covers before it became a catch phrase. The late eighties and early nineties found him playing with the Blue Chieftains, who played alt-country before that was a catchphrase. With them he did his first cross country and European tours. They recorded two 45rpm singles for the Diesel Only label and appeared on the two Diesel Only compilation CDs. This band also recorded and performed his first compositions.
Among the many bands he's played with since then was the 5 Chinese Brothers, the darlings of the Americana singer-songwriter set. They recorded a composition of his on each of the three records they did together, released on the 1-800-Prime CD label (now called Fifty Fifty Music). His song about girls and cars, "Pit Stop", is on 1995's Stone Soup; the working class rocker "Big Boots" is on Lets Kill Saturday Night , released in 1997: and the unabashed country weeper "Dear Santa" appeared on A Window Shopper's Christmas the same year. They toured all over the USA, Canada and Europe, playing gigs that ranged from coffeehouses to festivals. A common thread through all these years was the hundreds of gigs he played with Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue alumnus Howie Wyeth until Howie's untimely death in 1996.
He also did a stint with Greg Garing, the bluegrass/trip hop phenomena. They were mainstays at the well known scene at the 9C Bar in the East Village (which became Banjo Jim's, where Homeboy Steve played countless times) and toured extensively in the States and Europe. Currently he plays with the Dirty Water Dogs, all veterans of the New York City music scene, with their cajun/zydeco sound, splitting the songwriting chores with Neil Thomas (Surreal McCoys, Loup Garou). He also plays with the Byzan-Tones (Greek surf rock), The Plumbers (country), Love Camp 7 (indie rock), Drina Seay (singer-songwriter), among others.
He released his first solo solo recording, Are We There Yet ?, in 2008 and a seasonal EP, Poor Santa, in 2013.
His newest release, Rock 'n' Roll Sun, continues to mine the rich roots rock mother lode with compassion and humor. The title track draws on his experience as a veteran of years of touring. You can hear it and the rest of the album at
Homeboy Steve thinks that there's one or two good songs left that haven't already been written and he presents his attempts to write and perform them accompanied by his guitar
In the meantime, playing live is his passion, which he attacks with a vengeance.