Stevie Coyle (late of the whiz-bang string band The Waybacks) is one lucky bum. His dad ran a radio station in southern California and brought home all the promo LPs that didn't fit the Spanish-language format. The Ventures' Guitar Freakout, The 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett and Alvin And The Chipmunks Play The Beatles' Hits all came home on a single fateful day.
It didn't hurt, either, that string-meister David Lindley played in a bluegrass band that rehearsed right next door and gave Stevie his very first lessons, or that his dear Granny was a pianist in the heyday of vaudeville and that his sainted mother was a whiz in mandolin orchestras during the 1930s.
After securing degrees in Theatre and Theology at Santa Clara University he hit the road for 3 years with The Royal Lichtenstein Circus, doing comedy, magic, wire-walking, sword-swallowing, unicycling, juggling & rola-bola and working with dogs, cats, birds, bears, monkeys, horses and even house-cats.
Once back home, he signed on as actor and stage manager for The San Jose Repertory Company, and announced orca, dolphin, sea lion, water ski, lion, tiger and elephant shows at Marine World / Africa USA.
He and his good friend Roy Zimmerman have worked closely in several collaborations over the past 25 years, including folk tribute / parody band The Foremen and comedy duo The Reagan Bros. in Los Angeles, and while there, Stevie appeared on Cheers and in many television commercials and had a regular role on The Young And The Restless (which was utterly subsumed by then- daily broadcasts of the interminable Iran-Contra hearings.)
Safely back in the Bay Area, he continued his acting career, doing commercials, radio, voiceovers and films and played in folk duos The Frontmen and The Back Room Boys. In 1999 he co-founded The Waybacks and toured steadily with them from 2001 through 2007.
Stevie's gone solo now, and is busily booking tours and completing his first solo CD, produced by singer/songwriter and guitar guru Walter Strauss.
Stevie tours nationwide.
Last year Stevie opened Mighty Fine Guitars, a high-end shop in Lafayette, CA, in the San Francisco East Bay. Top-shelf lutherie, handcrafted guitar lessons and intimate concerts featuring touring pros, all under one roof.