Musician. Producer. Engineer.
Steve Cooley has been a fixture on the bluegrass scene since the 1970s, appearing on the Grand Ole Opry, Hee Haw, and even Carnegie Hall. He has performed for five US Presidents and the Prince of Wales and has worked with such notables as Bill Monroe, Jean Ritchie, Hazel Dickens, Vassar Clements, Jerry Reed, Mac Wiseman, Rose Maddox, Michael Cleveland, as Art Stamper. He toured extensively in North America, Western Europe and Japan with such well-known bands as the Dillards, Bluegrass Alliance, the Cumberlands, the Goins Brothers, the Katie Laur Band. Several recordings that Steve has appeared on were nominated for Grammy Awards; he was twice featured as a soloist with the Louisville Orchestra and also been a featured soloist with orchestras in France and Spain.
A Kentucky native, Steve plays mostly with the Louisville area band, Hog Operation, and teaches both privately and at the Louisville School of Folk Music.
Back to gigging. Finally! Currently playing events in regional area and planning on touring Europe with Brigid Kaelin in 2022.
Steve is back from teaching at Bela Fleck's inaugural Blue Ridge Banjo Camp this summer.
He's currently booking for April in the United Kingdom with Brigid Kaelin, and another tour in late July/August in the UK/Europe (Switzerland area). He and Brigid are working on a couple of top-secret recording projects -- look out for them soon.