Kaufman, Steve


  • From New York City. Lives in Maryville, Tennessee.
  • Three-time winner of National Flatpick Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas (1978, 1984, 1986).
  • Writes guitar instruction books for Mel Bay Publications and instruction videos for Homespun Tapes. He is known as the “World’s Guitar Instuctor.”
  • Also conducts guitar workshops and hosts “Acoustic Music Kamps” featuring instruction and mentoring from top musicians. There are “Kamps” for just about every acoustic instrument in bluegrass and folk music.
  • Started his own record label, Sleeping Bear Records.
  • Owns and operates the Palace Theatre in Maryville, an acoustic music venue.


  • “Breaking Out” (1990, Sleeping Bear)
  • “Arkansas Traveler” (1994, Sleeping Bear)
  • “Bullet Train” (1997, Sleeping Bear)
  • “Circles” (2001, Sleeping Bear)
  • “Stylin” (2004, Sleeping Bear)
  • Mystique (2007, Sleeping Bear)
  • “Acoustic Stomp” (2009, Sleeping Bear)