Cropper Rides With “The Killer”

Date: July 8, 2015

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Edited 6/4/15: Unfortunately, due to logistical and other concerns, Steve will not be performing at either of the UK Shows

‘THE KILLER’ Jerry Lee Lewis returning to UK for Farewell 80th Birthday Tour

Jerry will be performing at the London Palladium on the 6th Sept and at the Clyde Auditorium in Glasgow on the 10th September with guest appearances from James Burton, Steve Cropper & Albert Lee.

Steve Makes “Guitar World” Top 10

Date: June 9, 2015

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Steve was recently honored to be included in a list of some of the top players of recent recorded history. Ron Zabrocki, writing for Guitar World magazine, listed Steve among The Top 10 Session Guitarists of All Time.

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Cropper Remembers Percy Sledge

Date: May 23, 2015

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When Steve Cropper finally got a chance to work with Percy Sledge, he did everything he could to make it happen — regardless of the cost.

In fact, as producer Saul Davis remembered in the wake of Sledge’s sad passing yesterday at the age of 74, Cropper “came to L.A. on his own dime” to participate in sessions that would produce Percy Sledge’s Grammy-nominated Blue Night in 1994.

There couldn’t be any higher praise for Sledge. After all, Steve Cropper extensively collaborated with one of the all-time greats in Otis Redding.

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Another Giant Departs

Date: May 15, 2015

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Blues legend B.B. King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, his lawyer says. The one-time farmhand brought new fans to the blues and influenced a generation of musicians with his heartfelt vocals and soaring guitar on songs such as “The Thrill Is Gone.” King sold millions of records worldwide and was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Steve says, of King’s passing: This time the World has lost a friend. BB King was friends to everybody. To listen to his music will seem like he is still here. One of God’s most “Beautiful People”, an inspiration to everyone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Cold Winter So Far

Date: December 20, 2014

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The past few weeks have been a toughie. We have lost Bobby Keys (Tenor for the Stones), Don Davis(Producer of many hits including,”Who’s Making Love”, Johnny Taylor), Wendy Rene(STAX artist), Larry Henley (Song Writer- ‘Wind Beneath My Wings” “Peanut Butter”) and John Fry (Owner of Ardent Studios, Memphis). These were close friends and associates. When you get my age, which I feel is still young, it’s expected but it sure isn’t fun. God bless them and their families.

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Interview: “All Things Norfolk”

Date: October 20, 2014

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By Simon Alcock

I don’t think it would be too large an embellishment of the facts to state that almost everyone reading this article will either recognise Steve Cropper, be well-acquainted with his prodigious musical output, or more than likely be familiar with both the man and his work. Allthingsnorfolk tracked him down in Russia and asked a few questions about his career ahead of a visit to the UK.

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Top Ten (Again!)

Date: June 19, 2014

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You may think playing in a band is sometimes tough, but it’s nothing compared with being a session guitarist.

You’ll be playing other artists’ songs. You’ll be required to work very quickly. You often need to be able to interpret others’ ideas without your own ego coming into play. And you need to be super-versatile enough to change playing style and tone for whatever your paymasters demand. But also to have your own ideas to flesh-out the bones of a song-in-progress. It’s a lot to ask. As such, the best session guitarists just might be some of the greatest guitarists ever. Here are just 10 masters who made their mark, with tips and tricks on what it takes to deliver when that recording light turns red.

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French Film (1969) Shows FAME and STAX Sessions

Date: January 7, 2014

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This was filmed in Memphis and is dedicated to the blues. In the FAME studio in Muscle Shoals, Brook Benton records “She Knows What To Do For Me” with studio musicians including Barry Beckett on piano and Eddie Hinton on guitar. Later, in the STAX studio in Memphis, guitarist Steve Cropper and bassist Donald “Duck” Dunn work and rehearse daily with the stars of the blues; a sound laboratory which also includes organist Booker T. Jones, Isaac Hayes on saxophone, working on the instrumental part of a song by Carla Thomas.

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“Remember Alex” Benefit

Date: January 7, 2014

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On March 11, 2014, Steve will join a stellar cast of artists, songwriters and musicians in a benefit concert at The Franklin Theater in Franklin, TN. The Alex LeVasseur Memorial Fund presents the 7th Annual Jeffrey Steele & Friends, an intimate evening with Jeffrey Steele, LoCash Cowboys, Chris Janson, The Shuggah Pies and other artists to be named soon. Read More

You’re Playing It Wrong

Date: December 20, 2013

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Somehow, it took hearing the Booker T. & the M.G.s’ classic “Green Onions” on a recent television commercial to come to the embarrassing realization that I’ve been playing Steve Cropper’s rhythm guitar figure wrong for, oh, about 40 years. But, that epiphany got me thinking that there might others in the same boat. Read More