In Shinin’ Like You Do (2012) his solo debut CD, Steve draws influences from a large swath of traditional Americana, demonstrated by a fresh take on a rootsy cover like “Rocky Top” which counters his more contemporary hard driving country pop originals such as “Thoughts on fire” and “Don’t say You’ll Walk Away.” He puts his heart and soul into writing genuine poetic cowboy ballads like “Echoes in My Heart,” “You and I” and “Heart of a Grown Man.” Steve’s unique approach in style is revealed through tunes like “Hide & Seek,” that mesh genres such as country, driving pop rock and bluegrass – which he and his band refer to as Blue-Rock-Country.
Steve’s faith driven influence in spiritual gospels gleans mightily through the epic tune “Shinin’ Like You Do” (A Song of Thanks). His more “down-home” rootsy blues influences are strongly evident in “Geronimo.” And, on the flip side, “Tequilarama” rolls out a more fun loving tropical cowboy ecstasy, which compels vivid imagery of warm musical nights, shaded days and lush tropical beaches. “Have you ever known a soldier?” has a powerful patriotic theme coupled with a simple yet heartfelt message to all those who serve: Welcome Home! This song is emotionally gripping and delivers a long awaited sincere thank you to all our military heroes and their families.