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Poppa Steve

jazz / funk

Poppa Steve


Poppa Steve is:

BIO

Poppa Steve Mutimer began his musical career at age eight with his first set of drums. He took lessons from Benny Goodman’s noted big band drummer, Ray Mann, until age twelve. Over the next fifty years he has worked in various disciplines of music expanding his creative talents into film and video production plus digital music composition.

THE BAND YEARS 1958 - 1972

At fifteen he formed his first band, The Rhythm Kings, in hometown, Rockford, IL in 1958. The group was the first rock ‘n roll band in the city and became a huge local success for the next three years during high school. Even at that early age, Steve’s band worked with songsters Brenda Lee and Frankie Ford. The Rhythm Kings traveled to Memphis in 1959 and recorded six demo tracks for Sun Records with Sam Phillips and Snuff Garrett engineering. Sun didn’t sign the band, but they went on to cut two records, both regionally successful, with one tune, Maj, reaching the local Top 10 and earning a “bullet” in Billboard Magazine.

While serving with the US Navy, Steve formed his second group, The Brother’s Anthony, a folk singing trio in which Steve played standup bass and sang backup at clubs, colleges and theaters all over the Pacific and the US West Coast. The boys sold an original tune, “Bossa Nova Joe” to Tommy LiPuma of A&R Records (which was never published) and eventually broke up when members were discharged.

The Daze & Knights, was Steve’s third group, a Rock, R&B and Pop group that played clubs, bars and private parties around Rockford. The band was one of the first “mixed” bands at the time with two white and two black members (hence the group’s name). Steve was bandleader, played drums and was the lead singer. The group’s high note was being picked up by the William Morris Agency, Chicago office, as a road band working with their hit vocalists and vocal groups of the time such as The Four Tops, Bobby Goldsboro, The Chiffons, Jim Nabors, The Crystals, Jimmy Clanton, The Vogues, Brian Highland, Dee Dee Sharp, Len Barry, Dick & Dee Dee … and they were the touring warm-up band for The McCoys, Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Outsiders and The Reflections. This group lasted from 1965 to 1968.

Leaving the road after three years and newly married, Steve went to work in local radio in Rockford at WROK and played drums in an immensely popular club band, The Exceptions, in South Beloit, Wisconsin until the mid '70s when he finally hung up his sticks.

THE AV PRODUCTION YEARS 1970 - 1995

For the next twenty-five years, Steve owned his own advertising agency in Rockford and later San Diego where he wrote and produced hundreds of musical scores, client jingles, AV shows and television programs. During this time, Steve produced and directed such notable celebrities as Eddie Albert, Kevin Costner, Vanna White, Ronnie Schnell (Gomer Pyle), James Avery (Fresh Prince) and sports Hall Of Famers Ernie Banks, Dick Butkus, Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow and more. This was a very productive time for Steve as he garnered over 100 awards for creative excellence including three TV EMMYs, one for music composition presented by Stephen Bishop. Steve moved from San Diego to Tucson in 1992 and retired from the advertising/promotional business in 2000 to concentrate on his first love … music.

THE COMPOSING / ARRANGING / PRODUCTION YEARS 2004 - PRESENT

With the advancement of digital music production and distribution, Steve’s personal “hobby” turned serious and keeps him busier than when he was in the ad game, compiling forty-four CDs over the past twelve years including forty-three original works.

Steve draws heavily on his very early Rock, Country, R&B, and Blues licks and riffs which he lovingly wraps together with contemporary Soul Jazz grooves. As he developed his “sound” over the years, he found it difficult to categorize his work among the many, many recognized genres out there … so he coined his own, calling his work Americana Funk.

Producing an average of three CDs a year, Steve’s work is now heard on numerous radio stations and is being sold and downloaded worldwide. “This new digital musical direction is incredible for those of us old enough to experience recording, distribution and airplay in ‘the good old days’, which is really a misnomer because from my perspective ‘the good old days’ are here and now. How lucky we are to be able to experience and work in this musical revolution.”

Find us online

Official Website:
http://www.DryHeatRecords.rocks


Artist Singles

Singles

A collection of single songs from Poppa Steve
We Used To Do The Stroll - from Jazz on the Rocks
Fiesta en Peru - from Chido
Public Relations - from Public Relations
Well Done - from Well Done
78 Miles NW Of Chicago - from Poppa's Roots
Jeff Plays Jimi - from Jazz on the Rocks
Americana Funk - from Americana Funk

Born 44 Album

Born 44 Album

Released: Dec, 17 2017

I started playing drums at 8.
I was hooked on very early Rock, Country, Blues, Soul and Jazz. Today, my love is Americana which harkens back to those early musical sounds of the USA. Another love I’ve had from the beginning is FUNK! Always played with horns and keyboards, as well as the emerging electric guitars. Today,
I call my brand of music Americana Funk. Now, I arrange, compose and produce albums and today’s sounds abound in
too many genres to count. But if you liked early Rock, Country, Blues, Soul and Jazz, I think you’ll really like the Americana Funk on this, my 44th album.
The Way We Roll
Steppin' Out
Just Hold Me
Boogie On Popago Road
Suave Sophisticate
She's Got The Look
Topsy Turvey
44
Atlanta
Reach Out
Record Player Days
Give The Boys A Hand

Raw

Raw

Released: Dec, 15 2017

In the early days, village tradesmen, shopkeepers, farmers, women folk and a bunch of local ne’er-do-wells got together on weekends to make music. Not the refined
stuff that came over from Europe but their own rough and tumble RAW music which over the centuries and decades became the Rock, Soul, Country, R&B, Blues and music
we know today. This album honors those early sounds and
wraps it all up in contemporary Americana Funk from
Poppa Steve. Enjoy the grooves.
Raw
She's A Cutie Patootie
Dig The Jive Daddio
Southern Charm
The Girl Can Scat
Sweet Family In Oklahoma
Pass The Hooch
Royal Crown Pomade
Zoot Suit Cat
Charleston
Da Birth Of Funk

Sweet

Sweet

Released: Dec, 15 2017

Jazz on the mellow side.This CD would be called smooth or chill by some, but I like to think of it as the softer side of Americana Funk. I draw from my years as a drummer and bandleader and infuse the early Rock, R&B, Blues and Pop we played with contemporary Soul Jazz, which offers you some
great modern tunes with a retro flavor you’ll no doubt recognize. Enjoy the groove.
Whisper It In My Ear
Feels Right Tonight
Linda's Kisses
Love Handles
Got It Goin' Now
Sweet
Groove With Me
Hold Her Tight
Mesmerizing
Good Cuddling
XOXOXO
Dancing Skin To Skin
Lovin' Good Times

Listen Up

Listen Up

Released: Dec, 15 2017

Listen Up and you can hear a whisper of the music you grew up with in Poppa Steve’s tunes. The early Rock, Country, R&B, Blues and even some Motown you heard at the passion pit (drive-in movie theater) linger in his contemporary
Americana Funk, Soul Jazz version. If you listen close enough you can even smell the popcorn and taste your first lover’s kisses! You’re welcome, enjoy the groove.
Good Time Charlies
Skirt Chasers
Gimme Some Sugar
What A Gas
Listen Up
On The Make
Bar Hoppin'
Slip Slidin' Around
Best Behavior
Easy Does It
Hip To Hip

Funky Business

Funky Business

Released: Dec, 15 2017

Funky Business … that’s where we play and work! It’s a great
description of Americana Funk, early or classic Rock, Blues,
Country, R&B from the 40s, 50s and 60s wrapped up in
today’s Soul Jazz Grooves for a fresh yet retro familiarity
that you’re sure to recognize. Hope you like Funky Business
and Enjoy The Groove.
Off The Hook
Long Time Comin'
Catfish At Papadeaux
The Sweet Lowdown
Mississippi Juke Joint
Funky Business
Smooth Talker
Never Shared Love Like This
Gold Tooth Dude
Booty Call
Livin' Large

As I Hear It

As I Hear It

Released: Dec, 13 2017

Classic Rock, Blues, and R&B are the soul of what we now call Americana. It’s music that was created here in the USA in the very early to the mid 20th Century. It was also noticeably more “funky” than the concertos and minuets that came from across the pond. I call my version of this genre Americana Funk. Surely you can guess why!

Oh, and we can’t forget Country! If Classic Rock, Blues and R&B are the soul of Americana music, then Country is surely the heart of this genre. I love it and I hope my music proves it to you. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy all that goes into … Americana Funk.
Loving You Is So Easy
Shufflin' Scufflin' Along
Travelin' Light
Friday Nights
Lessons Learned
Love On A Porch Swing
Fight The Good Fight
As I Hear It
Wait For Me
Arizona Mountains
Life's Hard Climb
Raven Haired Lotus Blossom
Texas Longhorns

Law Dawg

Law Dawg

Released: Dec, 13 2017

This CD is Americana Funk with a Western twist - early Rock, Country, Blues, Soul and Jazz wrapped up in contemporary Soul Jazz. It's a great mix of old and new, retro yet fresh. It's different, unique and appeals to young and old alike. You'll have some fun with this one.
Enjoy the grooves.
Buggy Ride
New Sheriff In Town
Honky Tonkin'
Law Dawg
Pretty Miss Clementine
Oh Fiddlesticks!
Rowdy Bawdy Wranglers
Ice Cream Social
Banditos Roundup
A Hoosegow Trip
Leave A Candle Burnin'
Last Call


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