Western Caravan bassist Steve Alcott was born in Oklahoma and grew up in a succession of Texas oil towns, finally landing in Lubbock. After a brief flirtation with higher education at Texas Tech, he played in a couple of Army bands, and finally ended up at the Eastman School of Music, graduating in 1976. He came to NYC in 1979, and has worked as a freelancer since then, playing just about every kind of music there is with musicians both famous and unknown. He has played with diverse groups ranging from the show band at Kutsher's in the Catskills and the house band at Eddie Condon's to the Don Byron Klezmer Orchestra and Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks. Among his recordings are "Alive and Lickin' " with Dan Hicks, "Shades of Blue" with Ben E. King, and "Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz".
He plays the New Standard LaScala double bass and the Bill Merchant Vertical
Bass, and uses Acoustic Image Amps with Euphonic Audio and DrBass speaker