GenresBlues, Jazz, Rock, Country Indie More...
LocationLouisiana GA United States
HistoryMember since: 03/28/2013 Year Founded: 1973
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Six-string wizard, Steve Olsen was attracted to the guitar when he saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in February of 1964. He started out on the bass, playing for his high school band. By the end of his high school years he had switched to the six-string, first on an acoustic and then plugging in an electric. After wood-shedding for a few years he decided to leave his home in Alaska and attend The Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). Now called Musician’s Institute, G.I.T. was founded in 1977 by Howard Roberts in Hollywood, California. It developed a curriculum that was designed to give qualified guitarists the systematic training needed to become skilled professionals.
Upon graduation, Steve started a blues-rock combo that recorded two albums in the Christian Rock field. Twenty-five years later, “Metal Blue” and “Eye On The prize” are considered classics in the genre and are still sought after by fans. They have been re-mastered and a new CD release is in the near future.
Steve returned to Alaska in the early ‘90s and began tearing it up in the local club scene. He opened for Great White, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, Eddie Money, and Quiet Riot, as well as many other nationally known acts. He also sat in with Blues Master James Cotton during his tour in the North.
As the club scene started dwindling, Steve reached back into his G.I.T. bag of tricks and started doing solo jazz dates playing standards in the chord-melody style popularized by Joe Pass.
Due to advances in recording technology Steve has been able to record a number of CDs that have been very well received by the audiences at his live shows.. An accomplished composer and arranger, his recent discs contain original material as well as new approaches to well known pieces.
He has been described as a combination of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Duane Allman, and Joe Pass with a bit of George Benson thrown in.
Steve and his wife currently live in New Orleans, where, for the last couple of years he has had a regular gig playing jazz for the tourists. That doesn’t mean he can’t still shred with the best of them. Unlike “Guitar George” he does like to make “it cry and sing.”