Some of Steve's hobbies and interests include basketball and baseball, painting (watercolors), drawing, collecting guitars, magic, old cars.
Steve still owns the first guitar he ever learned to play on, that is included in his extensive guitar collection, also included is one that he bought, one that was given to him by Chet Atkins, and a limited edition Takamine model.
When Steve was at the age of nine he started to play bass, and later on drums in his father's band.
Steve's first session was on August 17, 1977 with Chet Atkins producing RCA's Studio B in Nashville.
Throughout his career as of 2007 Steve has had at least 14 #1 hits.
Steve had successful gall bladder surgery on November 1, 2006.
Steve was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry on May 11, 1996.
Steve is married to his wife Caryn. He has two sons, Ryan and Ross and two stepchildren, Jason and Holly.
Steve got the Academy of Country Music award (ACM) for Song of the Year for "Holes in the Floor of Heaven" in 1999.
He has 3 Gold albums: I Am Ready (Arista) -certified 1994, Burnin' The Roadhouse Down (Capitol) -certified 1998, Two Teardrops (Capitol) -certified 2000
Some of his musical influences are Roy Wariner, Chet Atkins, James Burton, Jerry Reed, The Beatles, Merle Haggard, and Glen Campbell.
Steve got his second grammy in 1999 for a collaboration with Asleep at the Wheel.
Steve won the CMA single and song of the year in 1998 for "Holes in the Floor of Heaven."
Steve has won 2 Grammys, 4 CMA Awards, 1 ACM Award, 16 BMI Country Awards, with many more lesser known ones.
Steve: As a young guy, all I wanted to do was play guitar. My mom would have to make me quit. I used to come home for lunch when I was in grade school, and as soon as I got in, I'd go straight to the bedroom and start playing the guitar. Every day, my mom would have to yell at me, "You'd better eat this sandwich and get back to school!"
Steve:The best thing I ever did for my career was go away.