Stephen Brundage was born on Feb. 10, 1954, in Dearborn, Mich., to Dr. Robert and Marion Brundage.

At the age of 12 he taught himself to play the guitar by listening to records by guitar master John Fahey. Steve was left-handed so he simply turned his guitar upside down and played it that way for the rest of his life. However, as a young man he was asked to teach guitar lessons; he taught himself to play the guitar “right way up,” a style that he used only to teach others the standard way to play.