Steve Farris was born on
May 1st, 1957 in Fremont, Nebraska and began playing guitar when he was nine. It became his identity source and
he wanted to be the best at it. His first guitar was his late mother Kathy’s acoustic, which had telephone wires for
strings. Some of the first guitar riffs he learned were from songs such as ‘I Can See For Miles’, ‘Winchester
Cathedral’, ‘Stick Shift’ and ‘Secret Agent’. He worked his way up to playing chordal arrangements
like the American Breed’s ‘Bend Me, Shape Me’.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience,
which he discovered at the age of eleven, influenced him a lot. When Steve was in sixth grade he started taking lessons at
a local music store and played in minor bands throughout highschool. Around 1970 he played in his first band, 3-Dog Breath.
In 1975 he started taking
lessons with jazz player Kurtis Robinson, who dramatically changed his technique. Three years later he moved to California
with the ambition of becoming a studio musician. He mainly played jazz, rhythm & blues and funk, and although he didn’t
manage to catch the attention of recording companies, he did play with guys from Stevie Wonder’s and George Benson’s
A member of Kiss saw him
playing in a club one night and got interested in Steve. Kiss’s lead guitarist, Ace Frehley, had just left the band
and the other members were looking for someone to replace him for their upcoming Creatures of the Night album. Steve
auditioned for Kiss, but it never quite went down.
In 1979, Steve got a gig
with Eddie Money, who he played and toured with for the next three years. It was a great opportunity to make some money and
it was fun to play straight-ahead rock n’ roll.
In 1982 Steve joined Mr.
Mister along with Richard Page, Steve George and Pat Mastelotto. He left the band in 1988 over differences in direction and
returned to the session scene.
He performed on Eros Ramazzotti’s
Tutti Storie and on Celine Dion’s megaseller Falling Into You. In 1996 he contributed to former band mate
Richard Page’s solo album as well as Edgar Winter’s Real Deal.
In 1997 he toured with Whitesnake
and then returned to his hometown of Fremont. He contributed to the Nicolette Larson benefit tribute concert in February 1998.
He also toured with Gary Wright and took some time off to pursue some other interests. Steve is still very much into painting,
a gift from his late mother who was known throughout the Midwest as a famous watercolor artist.
In December 1998 he contributed to the ‘Tribute to Carlos Vega’ concert. He currently
still lives in Fremont and continues to pick up session jobs as they come.
Full name: Steve Farris
DOB: May 1, 1957
Place of birth: Fremont, Nebraska
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Blue
Married to: Single
Parents: Roy (1924; wholesale dealer in clothing); Kathy (1925; painter).
Siblings: Kim (1952; insurance agent); Dave (1955; anesthetist).
Leisure activities: Hunting & fishing
Favorite car: Jeep