Sunday, October 16, 2011


Steve Cropper, the Grammy-nominated, Rock Hall of Fame guitarist who has played with Booker T. and the MG's as well as Otis Redding and Carla Thomas during the Stax era, will appear Tuesday at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for a discussion of his storied career and new album, Dedicated. The event begins at 8pm and tickets are $15. The Grammy Museum is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA in the LA Live complex.  Dedicated the Billboard Top 200 charting project is a heartfelt tribute to fellow guitarist Lowman "Pete" Pauling and his pioneering R&B group The 5 Royales. A legendary and influential musician in his own right, Cropper pays homage to the group that broke musical ground and shaped his own distinctive musical voice. The album has steadily built an outstanding buzz from the stellar media attention that has run, such as Mojo Magazine (4 stars), Billboard, Wall Street Journal, NPR and the Huffington Post. In addition, Steve Cropper will sit in and play with the band on Conan O'Brien on Monday, October 24.

Produced by Cropper and Jon Tiven (Wilson Pickett), they put together a session player dream team for the recording. As word got out, A-list guests signed on to contribute their talents such as Lucinda Williams, Brian May, Sharon Jones, Steve Winwood, John Popper, BB King, Bettye LaVette, Delbert McClinton, Buddy Miller, Shemekia Copeland and others. Even Jay Z and Kanye West pay tribute by using the Cropper-composed sample from Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" on their smash hit collaboration "Otis." Says Cropper: "Part of getting older and still being able to play and all of that -- at a certain point it becomes about educating the next generation. I've already had four of five careers and I'm lucky to be alive. If I can educate these young ears as to where the music started, because they're always asking, and if I can get them interested in the Five Royales I've done something."

DEDICATED Track Listing:
1) Thirty Second Lover (w/Steve Winwood)
2) Don't Be Ashamed (w/Bettye LaVette & Willie Jones)
3) Baby Don't Do It (w/BB King & Shemekia Copeland)
4) Dedicated To The One I Love (w/ Lucinda Williams & Dan Penn)
5) My Sugar Sugar (w/John Popper)
6) Right Around The Corner (w/Delbert McClinton)
7) Help Me Somebody (Instrumental)
8) I Do ( w/ Brian May)
9) Messin' Up (w/Sharon Jones)
10) Say It (w/Bettye LaVette)
11) The Slummer The Slum (w/Buddy Miller)
12) Someone Made You For Me (w/Dan Penn)
13) Think (instrumental)
14) Come On And Save Me (Leblanc and Sharon Jones)
15) When I Get Like This (w/ Lucinda Williams)

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