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The Blues Brothers Band

Eddie Floyd
Blues on the Range June 1998
Photo © 1998 by Ray Stiles. All rights reserved
The original Blues Brothers Band (formed over 20 years ago by John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd) features some of the giants of 1960s Memphis soul. Whenever you hear Sam & Dave shout out "Play it, Steve" on the monumental 1960s hit "Soul Man" it can only mean Steve Cropper. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1992) as part of Booker T. and the MGs, Cropper wrote and produced hundreds of songs for Stax (Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett). Donald "Duck" Dunn on bass, also one of the MGs, was one of the architects of the classic Stax Records sound. He is also the eyes and ears of the band. "I pick the songs according to the mood of the crowd, because I love to play for the people." Matt "Guitar" Murphy is possibly one of the greatest living blues guitar players. Born in Mississippi, raised in Memphis and musically bred in post-war Chicago, Murphy has played with just about every major blues talent during the past 50 years. He is perhaps best known for his tenure as leading the James Cotton band during the 1970s. Rounding out the original Blues Brothers Band are Lou Marini on saxophone and Alan Rubin on trumpet. Eddie Floyd on lead vocals is one of the living legends of soul music and provides another direct link to the authentic Stax sound ("Knock On Wood"). His distinctive voice transports you back to the days of classic 1960s soul music. Hang on to your hat because this band rolls like a steamroller and you are in for one fantastic ride!

Matt Murphy

Steve Cropper

Duck Dunn

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