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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You can get more information on Steve Nathan's credits at Allmusic.com
Just a few of the artists Steve’s recorded with:
Bobby “Blue” Bland
The Staple Singers
Jerry Lee Lewis
The Dixie Chicks
Chris Martin (Coldplay)
The Beach Boys
Crosby Stills &Nash
“Hootie” & the Blowfish
Alvin and the Chipmunks
Little River Band
Tony Joe White
Brooks and Dunn