Steve Blechschmidt

Unique, soothing, talented, "we can hold a conversation" are the comments I consistently receive.  My musical hope is to be part of beautiful settings and to enhance the settings by playing Rock & Roll songs and Americana songs in the classical guitar style (often called fingerstyle guitar) and some old time banjo tunes.  My motto is, I want to part of the scene, not be the scene.  A perfect gig for me is one in which the folks listening enjoyed great food and wine/craft beer, let the stress vanish, conversed at their table without shouting, and commented, "The guitar music was really very nice. We'll be back!". In addition, my goal is to provide peaceful moments for listeners and my hope is that the peaceful moments will remind the listeners of the author of peace – Jesus.

Well, that's my bio - the music!  Ok, so I'll say a few words about me.  I play ~ 75 times a year at country clubs, restaurants, wine tastings, weddings and a few festivals throughout Colorado as a solo artist or with the very successful duo, Two Guitars Telling A Story.  I'm a passionate nut.  I love fingerstyle guitar and work extremely hard at being the best guitarist I can be.

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At the age of 38, Steve made a promise to his daughter, “I’ll learn to play guitar if you keep up your piano lessons”.  Little beknown to Steve, an overwhelming passion to play guitar would guide him for the next 20 years.   Steve began his guitar instruction at Forte Music Academy in Denver where he was fortunate to take lessons from Daniel Bolshoy, a world renown classical guitarist.  Next, Steve started writing songs and playing electric guitar in a Christian rock band that played monthly over a 12-year period for a Volunteers of America homeless mission in downtown Denver.  Steve met his wife Carol, in a praise band where they played together for 7 years.

Steve became fascinated by a unique style of guitar called fingerstyle guitar.  He studied under 2 additional teachers, 7-time ASCAP instrumental music award winner T Martin Lesh and current University of Colorado professor Owen Kortz.  Fingerstyle guitar, made popular by Chet Atkins, can be described as playing the piano on the guitar.  The melody, bass, and rhythm are delivered by one guitar often leaving the listener asking, “is all that sound coming from one guitar?”.

While working in a high stress corporate environment, Steve listened as the CEO would bring in chamber musicians to play.  This music would bring an unexplainable peace to the workers.  What a powerful impact - instrumental music, brought into an environment, seemed to sooth the soul.  With this idea in tow, Steve formed a duo, Two Guitars Telling A Story (TGTAS).  Guy Steagall, TGTAS duo partner, a guitar professional who toured nationally for 8 years, added a lead guitar part to Steve’s fingerstyle tunes.   Steve played approximately 100 times a year as a solo artist and with TGTAS in the Denver country club scene, including Castle Pines, Red Rocks, Cherry Creek County Clubs, in fine restaurants, and for special events held in beautiful settings such as the Broadmoor and the Botanic Gardens.  Steve continues to play with TGTAS, mostly in the Denver area.

Now living in Pagosa for the last 2 years, Steve continues to seek out beautiful settings and enhance the settings with fingerstyle guitar.  Currently, Steve plays at The Springs Resort and Spa, for special events such as The Little Black Dress Affair, Festival of the Trees, Over the Rainbow, art shows at Belvedere Art Studio, and similar events.