would be a fool's errand to try to identify all of the
musicians who influenced, were associated with or were
influenced by Steve's music. But here are a few,
with links to their web sites, if they have web sites,
or to other online information about them.
One of Steve's very closest friends and musical
co-conspirators, see John's
Official Site and the John
Prine Shrine, a very good fan site.
No, not the Christian singer. Mike
Smith wrote one of the all-time great tunes, "The
Dutchman," which Steve first recorded, followed by
many others. Steve in fact recorded many songs by
Mike Smith, and co-wrote some, too. Michael is
also one of the instigators of Weavermania,
a group consisting of four veterans of the Chicago folk
scene who have joined forces to reproduce as closely as
possible the original songs and sound of The Weavers.
In the early 70's, Steve would often remark on stage
that he knew this crazy guy who lived in the Florida
Keys, and who wrote great songs. Steve was right,
and some of the songs were co-written by Steve and
Jimmy. The official site is Margaritaville,
but you should also visit The
Church of Buffett, Orthodox, a fan page with an
amazing array of information.
One of Steve's Chicago pals and a great singer,
Bonnie often shared the stage with Steve and John Prine
in the early 70's.
Homer and Jethro were a tremendously funny
country music/comedy duo, but after Homer's death,
Jethro faded into retirement. He met Steve, a
fellow Chicago resident, in the late 70's, and Steve
began to take him out on tour. The result was a
renewal of Jethro's career, now exposed to a new
generation of fans. He did several wonderful
recordings before his death in 1989.
Steve played concerts on Pete Seeger's sloop
Clearwater on the Hudson River, as part of Pete's
efforts to clean up the Hudson.
Of course, Arlo's connection to Steve is
that he recorded the City of New Orleans, making it a
hit song, and in Steve's words, "letting me do what
I do for a living." Since the 1960's, Arlo
has been an important figure in American folk
music. His web site subtitle used to be
"Home of America's Favorite Undead
A close friend of Steve's, Tom visited him in
the hospital in Seattle just before Steve died.
Shortly after that, Tom wrote the poem "For Steve
Goodman" found on this site, and
has kindly granted the webkeeper permission to use