Gig: Chester Blues Festival – The Live Rooms, Station Road, Chester: Saturday, 18th October

Posted on: Tuesday, Sep 9, 2014


With just under eight weeks to go, it’s worth recapping on what festival goers can expect for just £27!

Steve Cropper is an American guitarist, songwriter and record producer.  He is probably best known as the guitarist of Booker T. & the M.G.’s, an instrumental R & B/funk band very influential in 60’s & 70’s in shaping the sound of Southern Blues and Memphis soul.  Booker T. & the M.G.’s were one of the most prolific, respected, and imitated of their era, releasing numerous albums and singles and achieving a number 1 in the States with “Green Onions”, and the magic sound of “Time is Tight” that got to number 4 in the UK charts.

Steve later gained fame as a member of the Blues Brother band and was part of the band which featured in the 1980 cult classic film, The Blues Brothers.  His musical talents were well known outside of the USA; The Beatles favoured his playing, and his production on Otis Redding records encouraged John Lennon and Paul McCartney to make tentative plans to record in Memphis, and to work with him.  However Brian Epstein cancelled the sessions, citing security problems!

In 1992, Booker T. & the M.G.’s were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Mojo Magazine ranks Steve as “the second-best guitarist ever” and went further in 1996 naming him “the greatest living guitar player”!  When asked what he thought of Cropper, the infamous Keith Richards said, “Perfect, man.”

On 9 June 2005, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and on 17 October, 2010, this honour was extended to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame!
In 2013 he was a special guest at selected concerts as part of Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus Tour and is still wowing audiences wherever he plays!

The remaining Chester Blues Festival line-up is an exciting mix that comprises of:
Animals and Friends – remain a seminal rhythm & blues band who still command great respect internationally amongst their peers as well as from fans of all ages!
Billy Walton Band – after spending years honing their craft it becomes impossible for their unique style and personality to be held back……such is the case with Billy Walton!
The Hitman Blues Band – accompanied by the New York City Horns, this is the type of music that will captivate and keep you thrilled from start to finish!
Makuini – it’s not only her remarkable voice but her drive and personality that have made Makuini one of New Zealand’s best loved singers around the world today!
Lucy Zirins – combining a mix of blues, soul, folk and gospel numbers in her set and increasingly performing original material, Lucy is fast making a name for herself!

With a truly International flavour and artists of this calibre, festival goers can expect to see top class live performances and hear a range of incredible sounds with sets that incorporate blues, rock, r&b, folk and roots Music………..not forgetting material from the incredible Steve Cropper!

Don’t miss out on the Chester Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival on Saturday 18 October 2014

The festival will take place at The Live Rooms, Homer House, 1 Station Rd, Chester, Cheshire CH1 3DR

Advance tickets are £27 and to book, please call 01472 349 222 or go online at
You can find out more about the line-up, details on the festival and the venue at

Don’t be late, the music starts at 2 pm and finishes around 10 pm

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