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Everyone Loves Guitar

We sit down and talk with interesting professional guitar players, and find out what makes them tick. Uncover the backstory behind your favorite guitar players and behind the "sidemen" who make the wheels spin for artists worldwide. If you love guitar, stick around… you’re in the right place.

Apr 13, 2024

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On this Steve Bell interview, Steve shares his journey from being a musician in clubs to becoming a successful solo artist. He discusses receiving the Order of Canada, the impact of his father's work as a prison chaplain & lessons learned from his experiences in the prison environment and how they shaped his perspective on forgiveness and empathy. He also talks about the pivotal moment when he decided to step out on his own and pursue a career as a solo artist. The importance of being open to the universe and listening to the whispers of God, moving into the “wisdom years,” and realizing every moment is sacred and enchanted. How he and his partner er built Signpost Music… the emotional experience that inspired the song 'Moon Over Birkenau' and the transformative power of spending time in nature. Steve reflects on the magic of flow in musical performances and shares some of his most memorable musical experiences… the importance of humility and gratitude, treating others with kindness and respect, and learning from difficult times. Unexpected turns in his life, the toughest decisions he's had to make, and the importance of setting boundaries in relationships. He shares the best advice he's ever received, which is to make peace with powerlessness, becoming more settled and less anxious, and loads more very cool and sincere wisdom

Steve is a Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter who’s released 22 LPs over a 34-year career, with independent sales exceeding 400K units. Add 4 concert videos, 5 songbooks, recorded masterclasses & more than 3,000 live shows, and you have a massive body of work. Steve’s mostly known as a faith-inspired singer-songwriter, who is also an exceptional finger-style guitarist. Steve’s won 2 JUNO awards, numerous Western Canadian Music and Covenant awards, and a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2021 he was recognized with the Order of Manitoba, and in 2022 he was inducted into the Order of Canada, which is an prestigious service award given to people whose service helped shaped Canadian society, and whose compassion has united communities. Steve’s most recent LP is an instrumental, called No Words, which came out in 2023. Steve lives with his wife, Nanci, in Winnipeg Manitoba