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If Yankee Stadium is “the house that Babe Ruth built,” Stax Records is “the house that Booker T, and the MG’s built.” Integral to that potent combination is MG rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Steve Cropper. As a guitarist, A & R man, engineer, producer, songwriting partner of Otis Redding, Eddie Floyd and a dozen others and founding member of both Booker T. and the MG’s and The Mar-Keys, Cropper was literally involved in virtually every record issued by Stax from the fall of 1961 through year end 1970.Such credits assure Cropper of an honored place in the soul music hall of fame. As co-writer of (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Knock On Wood and In The Midnight Hour, Cropper is in line for immortality.
The term “Guitar Hero” is bandied about loosely these days. Seems like all you have to do is look good holding the thing and you qualify. But if you ask the actual guitar heroes—like Brian May, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton—who THEIR Guitar Heroes are, Steve Cropper is definitely on the shortlist.
If all he had done were the records with Otis Redding that would be enough, but shortly thereafter he was leaving his fingerprints on records by Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, Johnny Taylor, Albert King, and virtually anybody worthy who came within earshot of Memphis. He was a Guitarist’s Guitarist, and a Songwriter’s Songwriter.
Fire It Up is Steve Cropper’s first album of new Soul/R&B material in 10 years. The album was produced by Steve and Jon Tiven, and will be released worldwide on April 23, 2021 via Mascot Label Group/Provogue.
Source: 3rd and Lindsley
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Doors Open 6pm
The parking in the Business Center lots and the street parking remains free. The two upper lots, on the corner of 3rd and Ash were leased to continue to provide parking , and at a reasonable rate. There will be a $5 parking fee in these two lot's as needed. The Lot directly across the street from the Venue has changed owners and they are going to a pay to park system. Alley parking is allowed, but please don't park in front of any business doors or entrances, as it disrupts their business and vehicles can be towed accordingly.