Stephen Gordin grew up in rural South Carolina, and folk and country music of the mid- 1960's served as an early musical influence. Listening to the Southern Rock movement and to such diverse artists as the great jazz guitarist George Benson also served as part of his musical education. He began composing his own music a little later in life. However, once he started, he has been prolific, primarily writing in a folk/blues/country style. However, he has also ventured into Southern rock, beach music, and alternative rock.