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Country Singer

Local Address: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
 
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PETE THOMAS - INTERNATIONAL DRUMMER
www.petethomasdrummer.com, 24 Sept 2014 [cached]
In mid 2005 Jackshit visited Tulsa, Oklahoma and recorded a new album with producer Steve Ripley. "Jackshit Number 2" was released in mid 2006.
Country singer Steve Ripley ...
www.nola.com, 1 Jan 2014 [cached]
Country singer Steve Ripley of the Tractors is 64.
Press -         THE TRACTORS
www.thetractors.com, 27 Sept 2014 [cached]
Bob Dylan recently name-checked Tractors singer/songwriter/leader Steve Ripley as one of his best guitarist partners.
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Ripley clearly enjoys throwing in a wildcard track.
A few years back, the musical ...
www.thetractors.com, 5 May 2012 [cached]
A few years back, the musical spirits of Hank Williams and Chuck Berry, Elvis and Buck Owens, Bob Wills and James Brown converged in Steve Ripley's fertile mind at a legendary studio called The Church Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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"The musical stew out there is overcooked," says singer-songwriter-guitarist-producer Ripley.
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A continuation of The Tractors not a repeat, notes Ripley, Fast Girl does not utilize the previous set lineup but rather a revolving roster of musicians who collectively comprise what from the beginning has been Ripley's unique vision: "The Tractors are a state of mind, a place I enter into to make the records. My goal is for the records to take the listener to that same place. It's a serious place and, at the same time, there's definitely a party going on."
Oklahoma native Ripley grew up on a family farm, where he drove his first tractor, before picking up a guitar and heading out on the local honky-tonk circuit.
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Ensconced at The Church Studio, it took Ripley five years to create The Tractors' self-titled debut album. Released in 1994, there were few commercial expectations. "We were not expected to be a hit," says the down-to-earth Ripley.
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"I had no intention of making some other kind of music as The Tractors," says Ripley.
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Filled with the unexpected magic of first takes and the truth of false starts, Fast Girl employs modern technology and Ripley's dogged persistence to recreate the "one mike, one room, no time" atmosphere of the '40s, '50s and early '60s--just like on his favorite records.
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Whatever Americana means, Ripley surely knows what it sounds like because he's experienced the life it reflects. "I'm not a cowboy. I'm a farmer. I just keep the wheel in the furrow and keep moving on. You get on the tractor and go round in circles and at some point the field gets plowed."
In Steve Ripley's case, that field bears some mighty powerful roots, which thankfully have yielded yet another new musical crop from The Tractors.
Billboard Review *The Tractors Fast Girl Producer: Steve Ripley
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Fast Girl finds the Tulsa-based country boogiemeisters bouncing to their own metronome, led by head Tractor and chief songwriter Steve Ripley.
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Ripley remains an adventurous, risk-taking knob-twister in his own Church Studio, deftly deploying horns, piano, guitars, and backup vocals.
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There's nothing too complex about this fourth album from the loosely organized band of country neo-traditionalists assembled occasionally -- though not often enough -- by Oklahoma native Steve Ripley.
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That's not the only time that Ripley wears his influences on his sleeve.
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The jaunty arrangement, which adds a dose of saxophone to the requisite pedal steel guitar, proves that Ripley and his hired guns don't have that problem.
The band slows the tempo for "Ready to Cry," a lean but gorgeously arranged ballad about being on the edge of tears. It's a terrific showcase for Ripley's deep baritone, which manages to sound rugged and vulnerable at the same time on a song that wouldn't sound out of place on an Iguanas album.
Ripley embraces his mission on "It's a Beautiful Thing," which examines the enduring power of Hank Williams and Chuck Berry against the tide of lesser competition.
Oklahoma Rock and Roll | with Steve Ripley | Page 2
oklahomarockandroll.com, 8 Dec 2013 [cached]
with Steve Ripley
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By Steve Ripley | Published: September 11, 2009
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By Steve Ripley | Published: September 4, 2009
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By Steve Ripley | Published: August 30, 2009
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By Steve Ripley | Published: August 14, 2009
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By Steve Ripley | Published: July 31, 2009
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By Steve Ripley | Published: July 5, 2009
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record producer Steve Ripley.
"Oklahoma Rock And Roll with Steve Ripley" is a 20-part radio series that explores the music of Oklahoma artists and song writers and their influence on Rock and Roll. "We will look at not just Rock and Roll in Oklahoma," said Ripley, "but also the roots of Rock and Roll such as Woody Guthrie, Bob
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Ripley guides the listener through the music of Oklahomans such as Leon
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mixture of hillbilly, gospel, blues, rhythm & blues, and jazz," said Ripley.
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By Steve Ripley | Published: May 27, 2009
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Posted in Blog | Tagged Jimmy Markham, Junior Markham, Leon Russell, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Rock and Roll, Rock and Roll, Steve Ripley |Leave a comment
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Oklahoma Rock and Roll with Steve Ripley
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By Steve Ripley | Published: May 19, 2009
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