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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - Fire It Up
Artist - Steve Cropper

For those unaware, on April 23rd, 2021, guitar legend Steve Cropper will release Fire It Up (via Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records), which he is calling his first proper solo album since 1969.

After decades of stardom in soul, blues, and rock and roll, he says of this new recording, This album is different from everything out there now, he explains, in reference to two vocals albums he released in the 80s, and I have not heard myself this way since the 60s.

1. Bush Hog Part 1
2. Fire It Up
3. One Good Turn
4. Im Not Havin It
5. Out of Love
6. Far Away
7. Say You Dont Know Me
8. Shes So Fine
9. Two Wrongs
10. Heartbreak Street
11. The Go-Getter Is Gone
12. Bush Hog Part 2
13. Bush Hog

Cropper actually announced the album with the release of Far Away, a bouncing soul number that draws heavily from classic R&B, and that also features his signature guitar that is always in service to the groove, but before we hit that track, the album opens on the quickfire rumble of Bush Hog Part 1 and the throaty title track Fire It Up, before bringing us the melodic, horn-imbued One Good Turn, the rhythmic rock of Im Not Havin It and then the AOR of Out of Love is brought forth.

I am a rhythm player, Steve explains, I set the groove. I am always listening to the singer and the rest of band, he adds as the aforementioned Far Away is next brought forth. That is then backed by the sweepingly magnetic Say You Dont Know Me and the foot-tapping energy of Shes So Fine, the gentle rock of Two Wrongs, the rocking good times of both Heartbreak Street and The Go-Getter Is Gone, with the album rounding out on a quick recap within Bush Hog Part 2, closing on the mid-tempo instrumental Bush Hog.

Seven decades into his legendary career, Steve sees this record as something a little different: This is the first Steve Cropper album since 1969, he says. It is made from old grooves, because during a lockdown, you work on stuff that has been in your head for years.

Rooted in sessions with the Rascals Felix Cavaliere and produced with long-time collaborator Jon Tiven, Cropper is both guitarist and a producer on the album, a role he is most comfortable in after years on the scene. To be a good producer, you have got to be able to hear a song finished in your head before there is much of anything done, he explains. ..a good production is not accidental. I am really proud of things that I produce.

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