Happy Birthday to Steve Ripley!
Steve was born January 1, 1950 in Boise, Idaho. Steve is a recording artist, songwriter, studio engineer, guitarist, and inventor. He has been active in the music business since 1977. He is also the leader/producer of country rock band The Tractors.
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Ripley attended Glencoe High School in Glencoe, Oklahoma. As a producer, recording engineer, and studio musician, he has worked with Bob Dylan (on Shot of Love) and on the Shot of Love tour, with J. J. Cale (on Shades, 8, and Roll On), and he produced Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Roy Clark (on "Makin' Music".)
Ripley started Ripley Guitars in 1982. He created guitars for Steve Lukather, J.J. Cale, John Hiatt, Ry Cooder, Jimmy Buffett and Eddie Van Halen before moving to Tulsa to buy Leon Russell's former studio called "The Church Studio." In 1994 he formed the country band The Tractors. In 2002 he created his own record label (Boy Rocking Records) to produce artists including The Tractors, Leon Russell and The Red Dirt Rangers.("Ranger Motel") In 2009 he produced a 20 part radio series on the history of Oklahoma Rock and Roll that aired on Oklahoma public radio stations called "Oklahoma Rock and Roll with Steve Ripley".
Steve Ripley – electric guitar, drums, lead vocals, producer, engineer, design, original art
Jamie Oldaker – drums, "groove snares", tambourine, percussion
Walt Richmond – piano, Hammond B–3 organ, accordion, Wurlitzer, clavinet, drums, horns, bass vocals, producer, engineer, photography
Ron Getman – electric guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar, Dobro, mandolin, tenor vocals, engineer
Casey Van Beek – bass guitar, baritone vocals
For more on The Tractors
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Garrett shamelessly does some name dropping .
Back in the late 80`s as The Tractors were forming, Jamie Oldaker owned The Sunset Bar and Grill in Tulsa. I knew and worked with Ron Getman and Casey Van Beek so this give me the opportunity to be in the right place at the right time....One night while watching these guys perform I was seated at the bands table with J.J. Cale.