"You can still find stuff online if you really look," he said.
He drifted out of music for a while then picked up the guitar in 2007 and later started playing the open mic night at Griff's in South Charleston. Siders said that through those shows, he built up his courage a bit, became more comfortable with his songwriting and struck up a friendship and musical partnership with Mike Selbe.
Eventually Sider joined Selbe's band, Happy Minor. The group folded several months ago.
"That was Mike's band. Good guys, but there were some outside forces," he said, trailing off. "Mike and I are still friends."
After the breakup, Sider has stayed busy. In July he formed Oliver Dawgs, his own band.
"It's a kind of Motown, white boy funk and reggae," he said. "We're indie rock with some dance and jazz."
Siders has also become a champion of local open mics. The ones he hosts are at The Charleston Cellar on Sundays and Wednesdays and at The Blue Parrott on Tuesdays. He also oversees a singer/songwriter night Thursdays at The Charleston Cellar and performs at the club as Steve Clever and Friends on Saturday nights.
He thinks it's important to have open mics and open stages. Music scenes need to be refreshed constantly. New talent has to be added to replace musicians who've moved on or just given up.
"I think we're here for the local artists," he said. "We make it possible for people to get out and play."
About his own musical aspirations, Siders doesn't know for sure. His health presents problems. Still, he dreams big.
"I just want to build," he said. "My intention is to build and give back musically. I'd love it if I made it, you know? I'd try to bring artists from here up with me."
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.