Papa T

Papa T

 Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA
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Papa T laughingly tells people, “I’m an ol’ rocker, but at least I’m refinished.” In the 70’s, his bands shared the stage with such legendary acts as Lynyrd Skynard, Sly and the Family Stone, Blue Oyster Cult and REO Speed Wagon.

Biography

Papa T laughingly tells people, “I may be an ol’’ rocker, but at least I’’ve been refinished.” Far from being finished, Papa T is committed to making the second half of his life the best half. Being part musician, songwriter, producer, promoter and visionary allows him to create various projects with a whole lot of talent and heart. This ol’ rocker sees himself as “ringleader” of his latest project, a new musical circus he calls “PapaGottaGroove.”  www.papagottagroove.com

He lets his guitar do the talking, bringing back smiles and miles of memories to those of us who grew up when rock n’ roll had us movin’ and groovin’ all night long. Never one to rest on his laurels, he’’ll also throw in some of his new material, songs with positive messages written in the classic rock spirit. Nothing pleases him more than to introduce the younger generation to music they can enjoy along with their parents.

Utilizing the latest audio and visual technology, he may throw in some surprises along the way. Also, Papa T’’s stage is often open to new talent in the areas where he performs. He believes in the power of music to stir the fire and bring people together.

The year 2002 found Papa T and Christian Turner opening for the Bad Company Reunion Tour. Handpicked by Paul Rodgers (currently lead singer with Queen) for an acoustical set, the twosome brought down the house in Denver.

In 2006, the ol’ rocker found a kindred spirit in Gregg Hamm, legendary engineer from the glory days of soul and rock music in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. When you heard the names Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett attached to a record, it was a pretty sure bet that Gregg Hamm was in the mix as well. The walls of his home studio with their myriad of gold records belie the humble demeanor of this craftsman who engineered sessions with the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Wilson Pickett, Willie Nelson, Dire Straits, Canned Heat, Levon Helm, Sam & Dave, Millie Jackson, Dr. Hook, Sister Sledge, and many more. They all attest to the fact that when a song has been “Hammered,” it’s like giving it the Midas Touch. The national anthem of rock ‘n roll, Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll,” was “Hammered” in the first degree!

Papa T and Hamm co-produced “Twelve Steps From the Tip Jar” by Christian Turner in 2006, and the duo were partners in 2ndHalf Studio in Sheffield, Al. Many of the tunes you’ll hear in Papa T’'s repertoire were hits “Hammered” by Gregg Hamm.

In 2010 Steve "Papa T" Turner founded MuscleShoalsRadio.com, an internet radio station that features all Muscle Shoals music, interviews and updates on new artists and their performance schedules.  MuscleShoalsRadio.com has now expanded into what Papa T calls "AudioVision."  AudioVision simply offers listeners to become viewers as well as listeners.  Visit the www.muscleshoalsradio.com to explore all the new features being offered there.

More recently Steve “Papa T” Turner produced his latest project called “Playin’ In Bands “ by Tremayne Turner  at his SoulSpring Studio located in the heart of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.  Teaming up with friend and guitar player Mike “Tremayne” Mayhall, this collection of tunes was co-written with hit songwriter and partner Cris Moore.  

Among his many accomplishments, one of the projects that means the most to him is the “Papa T Project” DVD-CD honoring the Screaming Eagles of the 101st AirBorne Division. Entitled “”Livin’’ on the Line”,” this project benefiting the “Wings of Liberty Museum,” is co-written by Papa T along with Christian Turner and Cris Moore. Moore, who currently has a cut on the new George Strait “It Just Comes Natural” release, also had a couple of number one country hits (“Tender Moment” and “Heart’s Desire”) with Lee Roy Parnell, and is a consistent writing compadre on many of Papa T’s projects. Papa T also plays guitar and sings on this tribute DVD (www.livinontheline.com).  Papa T plans to tour the country, performing at RV Campgrounds, military fundraisers and youth and church groups as well.  His hope is to raise awareness of various opportunities for everyone to support as they choose.   He will place focus on his passion for the Wings Of Liberty Museum project, which will be located in Ft. Campbell, Ky.   For more information visit:   http://fortcampbell.com/museums/wings-liberty/

With a dream to further the creative community as a whole, Papa T is about utilizing his gifts to allow others to find the best in themselves. Some folks think of retirement as a time to take it easy, but Papa’’s gotta groove, and he just keeps on rockin’!

Sherry Maves 2017

Lyrics

Remember The Light

Written By: Cris Moore-Steve Turner

What causes someone to leave the comforts of home
Ignoring their feelings as they face the unknown

They will face danger but they’ve made a choice
and they’re not runnin’ away
If we could hear them speak with one voice
I’m sure we’d hear them say

Into the darkness, into the night
We will remember the light
Into the darkness, into the night
We will remember the light

At times, cold and lonely, fearful, tired and tense
Still keeping the faith when nothing seems to make sense

They carry a spark, a glimmer of hope
it’s darkest before the dawn
Though some may falter on that rocky road
Still they will march on...

Into the darkness, into the night
We will remember the light
Into the darkness, into the night
We will remember the light

Until they’re returning, keep the home fires burning...

Discography

Livin' On The Line DVD-Tribute to The Screaming Eagles of the 101st Airborne Division of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky

Set List

Papa T Project will be performing songs from the Livin' On The Line DVD along with all of the new tunes on the soon-to-be-released new album "Make The Right Move." There will also be alot of familar 60's-70's classic rock guitar songs in the mix.