WORLD-renowned guitarist Steve Cropper is to headline at the Chester Blues, Rhythm and Rock Festival.

The ex member of Booker T. and the M.Gs, who is also a songwriter and record producer, was ranked by Mojo as 'the second-best guitarist ever' and in 1996 the magazine named him 'the greatest living guitar player'.

Instrumental R & B/funk band Booker T. and the MGs were hugely influential in the 60s and 70s in shaping the sound of Southern Blues and Memphis soul.

Their song 'Green Onions' stormed to number one in the States with 'Time is Tight' reaching number four in the UK charts.

Steve, who is in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, was also a member of the Blues Brothers and his talent was noted by the Beatles, who made plans to work with him in Memphis.

Keith Richards, when asked what he thought of Cropper, described him as: 'Perfect, man'.

The rest of the line-up includes Animals and Friends, playing rhythm & blues, the Billy Walton Band, The Hitman Blues Band, accompanied by the New York City Horns, M?kuini ,one of New Zealand’s best loved singers and Lucy Zirins with blues, soul, folk and gospel.

The festival is on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at The Live Rooms, Homer House, 1 Station Rd, Chester, Cheshire CH1 3DR.

Advance tickets are £27. To book, call: 01472 349 222 or go online at

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The music is from 2 until 10pm.