2019 INDUCTEES >> STEVE SAMUELSON
Category: Individual Artist
Steve was born in Estherville, IA in 1952 and lived there until the 4th grade when his family moved to Sutherland, IA. Music was always a big part of his family’s free time, family reunions, and get-togethers; all of his aunts, uncles, and cousins were musicians. He began playing guitar at age 11 and started his first band, the Poor Boys, the following year. He played in other groups throughout high school including Sons of Tyme.
Steve spent two years in the United States Army and toured with two different groups including an eight-piece all-black group in Europe called Ebony & Ivory—Steve being the ivory part of this band during its touring tenure—who performed at the Octoberfest in 1972.
After his military discharge in 1973, he moved to Tulsa, OK and played with a local group named Killer Watt while attending Spartan School of Aeronautics until he graduated in 1975. He then moved back to Sutherland and joined the JDR band before moving on to Hooterville Fire Department. Steve then formed the Justin Davis Band that toured around the Midwest, including stops in the lakes area.
Steve married Shelley in 1978 and moved to Sioux Falls, SD shortly after. Over the next eight years, Steve started World Audio Services sound, lighting, and recording company, doing sound and lighting for national, regional and local groups. He also started the band Flat Cat and toured for approximately five years in the Midwest region.
Steve is currently the lead guitarist for Arlie’s All-Stars out of Sioux Falls, SD which started in 1975. He formed the Praise-In-Harmony Christian group in 1990 and later changed it to Sowers Of Seed, releasing their debut album Come To The Cross in 2006. Steve is also the current guitarist for the Seven Sons out of Sioux City, IA.
Steve is the music director for the Opry All-Stars Band who have performed in the Grand Old Opry-style country Christmas show for the last decade at the performing arts center in Jackson, MN.
He’s been a worship leader at several churches for many years, and has finally settled into the local country group called Jessie James & The Outlaws, playing dance music in the Lakes Area and traveling.