In April of 2016, Steve became the first artist to record a full-length studio album at the legendary Mississippi landmark, Club Ebony. A long time in the making, and his first record in 5 years, Steve cut 13 new original tracks. The club, now belonging to the B.B. King Museum, was turned into a recording studio capturing the rich history and vibe of the room and in turn creating inspirational performances on the record. The album, Down At The Liquor Store, was made with the participation of The Kings Men, a group of musicians who backed B.B. King, Elvis Presley and other musical Kings. The combination of Steve's Delta songwriting approach and the band's musical background has created a unique and soulful sound.
The title for the record, Down At The Liquor Store comes from Steve's times as a young boy hanging out behind his dad's liquor store (the first legal liquor store in Mississippi) with the likes of Eugene Powell. The store was in Greenville, MS just a ways down the road from Indianola, MS where Club Ebony can be found. It's the connection between Little Milton, BB King and so many that have inspired and personally touched and influenced everyone on this project.
A fusion of Blues, Country, R&B, Americana. It's Delta Soul. Listen, Buy or Stream
The new record is accompanied by a full-length feature documentary Something in the Water combining the making of the record with the musical trajectory of The Kings Men and the historical musical influence of the Mississippi Delta on the world music scene.
Steve Azar - Vocals & Guitar
Jason Young - Percussion & Vocals
Regi Richards - Bass
Walter King - Saxophone & Flute
Herman Jackson - Drums
Little Ray Neal - Guitar
David Briggs - Keys
Dr. Alphonso Sanders - Saxophone & Trumpet
Jimmie Lee Jr. - Keys