"Steve McClain is more than just your typical Nashville musician with 15 guitars. He’s quite possibly the only American singer/songwriter/guitarist in Tennessee that has a master’s degree in geography from Kent State University in Ohio. "
Steve McClain is more than just your typical Nashville musician with 15 guitars. He’s quite possibly the only American singer/songwriter/guitarist in Tennessee that has a master’s degree in geography from Kent State University in Ohio. Steve loves the diversity of music and its relationship to people, landscapes and locations. Through his music and lyrics he can transport us emotionally to a specific place and time.
Steve was born in Ravenna, Ohio and grew up in nearby Newton Falls. He got his first Beatles album at age 5, started playing guitar at age 7, piano at age 10, and writing songs shortly after. At 14, Steve was playing lead guitar in a working rock band with much older musicians. Yes, this band played at bars and nightclubs. Yes, Steve being there was illegal. But that didn’t keep him from sneaking in and doing what he loved.
Since moving to Nashville, Steve has produced one full length album and three EP’s, recording with Suite Audio Sound Design, Dark Horse Studios and Tango Sound Studios.
In addition to music, he appeared in the 2008 movie The Path of the Wind with Wilford Brimley. He has also been a background actor in the movie Country Strong with Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim McGraw, the music video “When You’re Young” by Three Doors Down, and on the ABC television series Nashville.
Spending the last fifteen years in Nashville has really influenced Steve’s writing. “Living in Nashville has forced me to really look at what is successful and what is important to me as a songwriter. I’m crafting more pop influenced melodies but still writing some very personal lyrics.”
You will currently find Steve rehearsing with a rotating cast of talented musicians for occasional performances at Kimbro’s and the Mockingbird Theater in Franklin, TN, while awaiting the publication of his first book.
And look for Steve still sneaking into bars.
Yes, he’s now legal.