Steve Ripley relocated with his family from his birthplace of Boise, Idaho to a farm near Pawnee, Oklahoma. Originally working on the farm as well as around town, Ripley turned his attention to music in his spare time. After performing his first gig at Glencoe High School around 1964, Ripley began playing with a band called The Cobras. He also attended Oklahoma State University to persue a degree in broadcast journalism. While performing around the Southern honky-tonk circuit, the musician became adept at working the controls, becoming an engineer on albums by Leon Russell, Roy Clark and Gatemouth Brown among others. After marrying in April 1976, he continued playing and hooked up with Bob Dylan, going on tour with him and recording as well. Manual dexterity was another trait of the musician, designing guitars for John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Jimmy Buffett and Eddie Van Halen. In 1987, he returned to his native Tulsa and began formulating a group that would mix country, rock with rhythm and blues. Five years in the making would create his first creative breakthrough. The result was The Tractors, whose debut album received multiple Grammy nominations and reached multi-platinum status in sales. Throughout the nineties, the band released three albums and toured often throughout the United States. In 2001, Ripley began recording his debut solo effort. In 2002, Ripley released Ripley.