Steve Nathan

Steve Nathan

BMHOF Class of 2001

Nashville-based session keyboardist Steve Nathan is a 40-year veteran of the recording industry, who has played on hundreds of records spanning most genres of popular music. A list of artists with whom he’s recorded reads like a “Who’s Who” of American music. A frequent nominee, and Winner of The Academy of Country Music’s 2005 Musician Award, he has also been named “Keyboardist of the Year” by Music Row Magazine for a record thirteen consecutive years.

Born April 20th 1951 in Buffalo, New York, Steve’s first studio experience was with local groups including some of the earliest recorded efforts of the group “Spyra Gyra”.

In 1977 he moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to join Atlantic recording artists  “LeBlanc and Carr”. After a brief tour, the band settled into Rick Hall’s legendary Fame Studios to begin recording Lenny LeBlanc’s first solo record. The engineer on that 1st session went upstairs and told Rick Hall “you need to come downstairs and hear this keyboard player”! Rick was impressed enough with Steve’s playing to hire him for a Dobie Grey record he was producing. For the next 14 years, Steve played on every record that Hall produced.

Learning the art of making records from great producers like Rick Hall, Jerry Wexler, Barry Beckett, and Tom Dowd, while playing with musicians like Roger Hawkins, David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, and Pete Carr, was a dream come true and an education beyond compare. 

In 1991, Steve moved to Nashville and quickly established himself as a member of the  “A Team”. To date, his playing can be heard on literally hundreds of “Top Ten” records.

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Music Credits

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Just a few of the artists Steve’s recorded with:
B.B. King
Natalie Cole
The Commodores
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Etta James
Percy Sledge
Clarence Carter
The Staple Singers
Sam Moore
Eddie Kendricks
Johnny Taylor
Joe Tex
Luthor Ingram
Joe Simon
Dorothy Moore
The Dramatics
Jerry Lee Lewis
Joan Baez
Loretta Lynn
Kenny Rogers
Keith Urban
Faith Hill
Tim McGraw
Kenny Chesney
Carrie Underwood
The Dixie Chicks
Alan Jackson
Toby Keith
Vince Gill
Reba McEntire
George Strait
Willy Nelson
George Jones
Tammy Wynette
Leann Rhimes
Tricia Yearwood
Dolly Parton
Gretchen Wilson
Kelly Clarkson
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
Mark Knoffler
Lionel Richie
Billy Joel
George Michael
Glen Frey
Huey Lewis
Dusty Springfield
The Eagles
Lynrd Skynrd
Bob Seger
The Beach Boys
Mink DeVille
Dobie Gray
Crosby Stills &Nash
Spyro Gyra
“Hootie” & the Blowfish
Olivia Newton-John
Joe Cocker
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Bon Jovi
Little River Band
Levon Helm
Alicia Bridges
Nancy Griffith
Tony Joe White
B.J. Thomas
Roger Clinton
Connie Francis
Tommy Tutone
Steve Earl
Waylon Jennings
Johnny Paycheck
Brooks and Dunn
The Mavericks