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Steve Cropper - Dedicated

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, is set for the release of his 429 Records debut project, DEDICATED — 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 and The Huffington Post with much more to come including an upcoming interview on NPR's Weekend Edition, reviews in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Stereophile, Uncut and many more. DEDICATED will be released on 429 Records on August 9th—see retail links below. In addition, on Sunday, August 14, Steve Cropper and his band will perform at Lincoln Center with special guests including Bettye LaVette.

Produced by Cropper and Jon Tiven (Wilson Pickett), they put together a session player dream team consisting of David Hood (bass), Spooner Oldham (piano/electric piano, organ), Steve Ferrone (drums), Steve Jordan (drums, percussion), Neal Sugarman (from the Dap Kings) and Tiven himself (saxophones). As word got out about the project, 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 or 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 5 Royales I've done something."

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