Steve practiced hard with his newfound love of music, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. At age 18 he entered the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, KS and made the top 10. The following year was a wash. In 1977, Steve took 2nd place to Mark O'Conner and in 1978, at 21 years old, he returned to win the championship. Then after being barred for 5 years he returned on the 6th year to win the 1984 championships again. Winfield bars the winner for 5 years and they can come back on the 6th year but in 1986 they decided to open up the contest to everyone and not bar the past years champs. Steve returned to win his goal. He became the winner and the first and, at this writing, the only Three Time Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships. He is also noted to have 3 consecutive wins in the Nationals because he was barred all the years he did not enter.
Steve continues to work hard in the world of music. He began producing books and videos in 1989 after teaching private lessons for close to 20 years. His catalog of instructional materials is close to 44 items. His listening CDs and Videos number over 14. Steve began touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinics and concerts in 1990 and after 5 years he and his wife, Donna, began "Steve Kaufman's Flatpicking Camp". Every other year they have added more camps into their agenda and now under the title "Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamps" they host a Fingerpicking Kamp, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo and Mandolin Kamp as well. They have grown into the largest Kamps of their kind in the world with students traveling from around the world to Maryville, Tennessee. In 2002, Steve Kaufman received the Gold Award from a reader's poll in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for running the "Best Workshops, Seminars and Camps".
Steve stays busy being a husband and father, running his Kamps, tour schedule, writing books and recording videos and CDs (See www.flatpik.com) as well as owning and operating The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville see www.palacetheater.com. The areas premier acoustic venue as well as an espresso bar. Also connected to the Palace Theater is a cafÃ© and deli called the Palace CafÃ© and Catering.
Check out the artist's website:
1. Dusty Miller Hornpipe
2. Jesse Polka
3. Billy Gray
4. One Christmas
5. Greenfields of America
6. Dixie Cannonball
7. Billy in the Low Ground
8. Westfalia Waltz
9. A Mother's Love
10. Byrnes Hornpipe/ Golden Farmer
11. Little Joe
12. Waltzing Matilda
14. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
15. Hard Times Come Again No More
16. Temperance Reel/Pacific Slope/ Golden Eagle Hornpipe