Steve Katz Biography
Steve Katz is a guitarist, singer, and record producer who is best known as a member of the rock-pop-jazz group Blood, Sweat & Tears. He was an original member of the rock bands The Blues Project and American Flyer. As a producer, his credits include the 1979 album Short Stories Tall Tales for the Irish band Horslips, and the Lou Reed albums Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal and Sally Can’t Dance and the Elliott Murphy album Night Lights.
Steve Katz Age
Steve Katz was born on May 9, 1945. He is 74 years as of 2019.
Steve Katz Family
He has managed to keep information about his childhood and about his family off the limelight. However, this information will be updated as soon as it is clear.
Steve Katz Wife
He is married to Alison Palmer, a ceramic artist. They met when Katz stayed at Green Linnet for five years. They even started a small business together.
Steve Katz Career
Katz’s professional career started in the late fifties on a local Schenectady, New York television program called Teenage Barn. Accompanied by piano, he would sing such hits of the day as “Tammy” and “April Love”. At the age of 15, Katz studied guitar with Dave Van Ronk and Reverend Gary Davis. Following this, he met and befriended guitarist Stefan Grossman. They would sometimes act as road managers for Reverend Davis and, in so doing, met many of the great “rediscovered” bluesmen of an earlier era, such as Son House, Skip James, and Mississippi John Hurt.
As a part of the Greenwich Village culture during this time, Katz, along with Grossman, Maria Muldaur, John Sebastian, and David Grisman became interested in jug band music – the music of Cannon’s Jug Stompers and The Memphis Jug Band. They and other friends formed the Even Dozen Jug Band and recorded an album in 1964 for Elektra Records. Katz played washboard in the band.
Katz, while teaching guitar in Greenwich Village, auditioned for the Danny Kalb Quartet as a two-week substitute for Artie Traum after a brief sabbatical in college. Traum did not return to the group and when Al Kooper joined, the Blues Project was formed. They worked out of New York, and it was the mid-sixties, so the Blues Project experimented, dabbled in their own style and gave Katz an opportunity to showcase his own songs. The Blues Project recorded three albums while together in their first incarnation. “Steve’s Song”, on the Projections album was the first original song that Katz had recorded.
After two years as the house band at the Cafe Au Go Go and Murray the K’s last “submarine race-watching” spectacular at the RKO 58th Street theater in New York, The Blues Project broke up, playing the Monterey Pop Festival as their last major engagement.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
Somewhere in the range of 1957 and 1962, he was an individual from the twang band Jim and Jesse and the Virginia Boys. He likewise picked up acknowledgment uniting with the prominent country couple of Flatt and Scruggs on the famous topic to the hit TV sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. Duke Scruggs’ way breaking banjo style had debuted with Bill Monroe in the late 1940s, and from that point increased far-reaching prestige with Lester Flatt and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Fame was inside his grip.
By the mid-1960s, in any case, his battles with liquor left him making his living in industrial exchanges, being utilized quickly at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida as a handyman, in a Georgia paper plant, and as a switchman for Atlantic Coast Line Railroad. He even sold protection and once worked a comfort store while owning a potato chip establishment in Huntsville, Alabama. Calming down, he came back to Nashville in 1967, where he turned into a much looked for after studio performer.
After a brief visiting spell with Faron Young, he joined John Hartford’s Dobrolic Plectral Society in 1971 when he met guitarist Norman Blake and Dobro player Tut Taylor and recorded Aereo-Plain, a generally acclaimed “newgrass” collection that widened the country market and sound. After not exactly a year he got together with Earl Scruggs.
His 1972 work with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on their collection Will the Circle be Unbroken earned even more extensive approval, and he later took a shot at the Grateful Dead’s Wake of the Flood and Jimmy Buffett’s A White Sport Coat and a Pink Crustacean. Inside the following two years, Clements would cut his first independent collection.
Katz wrote his memoirs – Blood, Sweat, and My Rock ‘n Roll Years: Is Steve Katz a Rock Star? It was published in 2015 by Lyons Press.
“Legendary guitarist Katz is or at least was definitely a rock star: a pioneer of the blues-rock genre with his early 1960s band, the Blues Project; a founder in the late 1960s of the groundbreaking and hugely popular jazz-rock big band Blood, Sweat & Tears; and the producer of Lou Reed’s best-selling and still-influential live LP Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal (as well as its follow-up Sally Can’t Dance, Reed’s only top-10 album). Katz engagingly recounts fascinating stories in an insightful, intelligent, sometimes wistful and sometimes funny style that makes this one of the few rock memoirs worth reading from beginning to end.
Highlights include his early days getting lessons from blues guitar genius Rev. Gary Davis in a “little clapboard shanty” in the South Bronx; the birth of Blood, Sweat & Tears despite Katz’s contentious relationship with co-founder and Dylan collaborator Al Kooper (“Al never liked my guitar playing and I never liked his voice”); the phenomenal success with Kooper’s replacement singer David Clayton-Thomas and BS&T’s second self-titled LP with hits such as “Spinning Wheel”; and later, “David’s transformation from soul singer to singer of schmaltz.” Katz also reveals that the audience sound on Reed’s live LP was lost and then replaced by the audience track from a John Denver live LP, a priceless story for all Reed fans or detractors.
As a producer
Steve met singer Lou Reed in 1972. After the commercial failure of Reed’s album Berlin, he produced two albums: Sally Can’t Dance and a live record Rock ‘n’ Roll Animal. After a number of productions during this period, including Nightlights by Elliott Murphy, Katz returned to playing music. He joined American Flyer with Eric Kaz, Craig Fuller of Pure Prairie League, and Doug Yule from The Velvet Underground. The first of their two albums were produced by George Martin.
In 1977, he turned out to be East Coast Director of A&R and later Vice President of Mercury Records. During the three years that he spent at Mercury, he created the Irish gathering Horslips and invested a decent arrangement of energy in Ireland delivering three collections for the gathering. Horslips had initially been an acoustic band that sang their tunes in Gaelic, and the band individuals made Katz mindful of Irish customary music.
In 1987, Steve progressed toward becoming overseeing chief of Green Linnet Records, the main record name of customary Irish music in America. He remained at Green Linnet for a long time, during which time he wedded Alison Palmer, an earthenware craftsman. Together, they began a private company. He is an expert picture taker and is hitched to Alison Palmer, a fired craftsman.
Steve Katz Net Worth
Katz is a guitarist, singer, and record producer whose primary source of income is his musical career. However, his estimated net worth is still under review.