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Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Robert Cray – Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (2017)

Though mainly thought of as a premium blues singer and guitarist, I tend to see Robert Cray as part of a long line of great soul men.

Steve Cropper still can’t get over producing Jeff Beck: ‘How is he doing that?’

Steve Cropper still can’t get over producing Jeff Beck: ‘How is he doing that?’

As Steve Cropper watched Jeff Beck at work on 1972’s ‘Jeff Beck Group,’ he’d focus on his hands and think: “You can’t get that there.” Then, Beck would.

Steve Cropper on the Beatles’ flirtation with Stax: ‘Didn’t happen for a lot of different reasons’

Steve Cropper on the Beatles’ flirtation with Stax: ‘Didn’t happen for a lot of different reasons’

At the peak of their powers, the Beatles considered recording an album at Stax Records in Memphis. Steve Cropper sorts out why it never happened.

Birth of Booker T. and the MGs has an intriguing backstory: ‘I only found out later the real reason’

Birth of Booker T. and the MGs has an intriguing backstory: ‘I only found out later the real reason’

Steve Cropper thought he was going to talk to Booker T. Jones because he could round out the band on keyboards. There’s a lot more to it.

Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper were strangers who hit it big: ‘Why don’t you guys just keep on writing?’

Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper were strangers who hit it big: ‘Why don’t you guys just keep on writing?’

Something immediately clicked between Wilson Pickett and Steve Cropper. Their first writing session, in fact, produced an astounding three hit songs.

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper has long advocated for the 5 Royales, newly announced recipients of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Early Influence Award.

Very Extremely Dangerous, (2014): Movies

Very Extremely Dangerous, (2014): Movies

The new documentary ‘Very Extremely Dangerous,’ it’s clear, set out to uncover something redemptive in Jerry McGill. It’s not there.

Emily White, “Borrowed Man” from Staking Flags in the Valley (2014): One Track Mind

Emily White blends an expressive and earnest vocal quality with evocative and colorful lyrics.

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs broke barriers with a light touch: ‘We were just out there to play music’

Booker T. and the MGs shared Stax Records’ message of racial tolerance by their very presence. But it wasn’t always easy.

Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

Mavis Staples + North Mississippi All-Stars, “I’ve Been Buked” (2014): Something Else! sneak peek

“Mercy!” Staples crows. “Oooh boy, you’re banging on that guit-fiddle!”

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