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Steve Katz

Guitarist/singer Steve Katz may not be quite a household name, never having pursued a solo career, but he's played on an enviable string of recordings during the 1960s and '70s, in acoustic folk, jazz, blues, R&B, hard rock, and almost every other popular genre that's come along in America since the start of the '60s. Katz was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1945 and grew up in the upstate city of Schenectady. Already a gifted musician in his early teens, he was good enough to get hired for a local television program called Teenage Barn, doing his versions of the teen pop hits of the late '50s. As he got older, he was drawn to folk music and blues, and he studied guitar with Dave Van Ronk and the Rev. Gary Davis. Eventually, he ended up living in Greenwich Village and became part of a circle of similarly minded folk and blues enthusiasts, consisting of his longtime friend and fellow guitarist Stefan Grossman, Maria Muldaur, David Grisman, and John Sebastian, who christened themselves the Even Dozen Jugband. They recorded a near-legendary album for Elektra Records in 1964 -- for that recording debut, however, in deference to what he considered the more imposing talents of his fellow bandmembers, Katz mostly played washboard percussion rather than guitar.

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