Dave Mason & Steve Cropper: Rock & Soul Revue

English singer-songwriter and guitarist born May 10, 1946 in Worcester.

Co-founder of seminal group Traffic, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee.

Dave Mason is a living rock legend. His career spans nearly 50 years and encompasses producing, performing and song writing, He is best known for his soulful voice and unsurpassed guitar playing. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a founding member of the group Traffic, and has enjoyed a lengthy solo career and continues to play to sold-out audiences.

At 19, Mason wrote the song "Feelin' Alright". First performed by Dave while he was with Traffic, this song has since become a rock and roll anthem. A prolific artist, Mason has penned over 100 songs and recorded hit singles We Just Disagree, Only You Know And I Know, among others.

Mason is a true classic rocker, whose brilliant solo career has collaborated with numerous members of rock and roll elite, including Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Cass Elliot, Rita Coolidge, Delaney & Bonnie, Leon Russell, Ron Wood, Phoebe Snow, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, and Jim Capaldi.

When Dave is not touring you can find him writing and producing new music in his home studio, as well as tirelessly supporting philanthropic causes near to his heart, including Rock Our Vets, and Little Kid’s For Rock. He's a great cook, and has a wonderful sense of humor

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Steve Cropper

STEVE CROPPER made his musical debut on American Bandstand in 1961. Thus the legend began.

Just one year later, along with Booker T & the MG’s, Cropper wrote the number 1 smash hit “Green Onions”. In the years to follow he co-wrote some of music’s biggest classics such as “Knock On Wood”, “Midnight Hour”, “634-5789”, and in 1967 the legendary (Sittin’ On) “The Dock of the Bay”, with friend Otis Redding, establishing Cropper as a songwriting genius.

Producing soon became second nature as “The Colonel” turned out timeless tracks by such renowned artists as Wilson Pickett, Tower of Power, John Melencamp, Jose Feliciano, Poco, John Prine and Otis Redding. Cropper’s exemplary guitar work can be heard on the albums of Rod Stewart, Peter Frampton, Art Garfunkel, Booker T and the MG’s, Ringo Starr and Wynonna to name a few. He has toured with such greats as Neil Young and Jimmy Buffet.

In the late 70’s Steve began his now famous work as an original of the Blues Brothers Band, appearing in both major motion pictures and numerous TV shows. He continues traveling with them today as well as touring with Booker T and the MG’s. He currently resides in Nashville and participates in an All Stars Band, composed of Cropper, The Rascals Felix Cavaliere and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad.

In a recent issue of MOJO Magazine a list was compiled of the top 100 Greatest Guitarists Of All Time with Cropper being named number two, whose “playing is lean and mean, sympathetic and imaginative…he finds a hole and compliments what everyone else is doing, leaving a hole or two in the process”. Only Jimi Hendrix rated higher.

Cropper has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame. In 2004 Steve was a solo inductee into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and received Tennessee’s Arts and Humanities Life Time Achievement Award. Booker T and the MG’s received the Governors Award in March 2005, saluting their contribution to the cultural life of Tennessee. Steve received a lifetime achievement Grammy Award in 2007. And in October of 2008, Booker T and the MG's were inducted into the Musician's Hall Of Fame.

Cropper has also produced an album for Australian Idol Winner, Guy Sebastian- "The Memphis Album." The album has gone Triple Platinum in Australia and will be released in the States the first quarter of 2009. Earlier this year Steve completed a European Tour with the Original Blues Brothers, their 20th Year Tour. And July of 2008 saw the release of "Nudge It Up A Notch", the new album from Steve Cropper and Felix Cavaliere on Stax Records.

Undoubtedly, Steve Cropper has successfully covered his bases as songwriter/producer/guitarist. And lucky for us all – the legend continues.

Gretchen Rhodes

Female American singer / songwriter

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