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Steve Goodson has been involved in some aspect of the music business on a professional basis since 1963, when he started taking money for playing.
Steve retired from active performance in 2003 for reasons of health. But prior to his retirement, he performed with Solomon Burke, Eddie Money, Dr. John, Marcia Ball, Chubby Checker, Vince Vance, and many, many other internationally known performers.
He has also done hundreds of recording sessions and played thousands of live gigs everywhere from huge stadiums to tiny bars.

Steve started doing repairs on his own horns in 1964. As he got more skilled his following increased to include such luminaries as Maceo Parker and the late Michael Brecker, along with hundreds of loyal customers from all over the world.

His repair experience led to instrument design and his articles about saxophone design have been widely published by music magazines in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. He currently writes for every issue of Saxophone Today ( and freelance writing for other publications.

In this episode, we talked about:
  • How to make opportunities for your self as a music entrepreneur
  • Should you get a music degree? Find out what advice was given to Steve
  • Which book is a must-read for ALL music entertainers
  • How to think outside the box for finding gigs
  • The secret New Orleans Dress Code for gigs
  • How Steve got into instrumental design
  • What’s new on the horizon for Sax Gourmet Products
Notable quote:
“When someone hasn’t failed at something, they haven’t tried enough stuff.”

Check out the video interview below (and please share 😊)