Essential Listening: 14 Addictive Guitar Tones That'll Have You Crying Out for More
Essential Listening: A guide to 14 addictive guitar tones that'll have you wailing out for more.
“Soul Man,” Sam & Dave (Steve Cropper)
“Play it, Steve!”
That’s what you hear just before the solo on 1967s Stax Records mega-hit by Sam & Dave. And play it guitarist Steve Cropper does.
Perhaps one of the greatest ironies of the late-Sixties R&B/soul boom is that the band that delivered the grooves on the most enduring of those records included some of the most lily white guys you might stumble on. But boy did Cropper and his bandmates in Booker T. & the MGs (not to mention the Mar-Keys Horns) have soul!
Cropper delivered the goods on countless hits from the era. He co-wrote and played on Eddie Floyd’s “Knock On Wood," Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of The Bay,” Wilson Pickett’s “In The Midnight Hour" and countless others. His tone and licks always hold his signature, but nowhere is his tone and style better encapsulated, and featured, than on “Soul Man."
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