Steve Zarate (rhymes with “Karate”) began playing acoustic guitar and harmonica and writing songs at age 15 in 1976, emulating summer camp counselors in Columbus, Ohio. Inspired by watching some of them play and sing around summer evening campfires, he taught himself as a teen to play favorite songs by Elton John, Neil Young, The Beatles and many others on guitar. He’s since learned and performed music by hundreds of other artists, while also writing close to 300 original songs of his own.

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