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Lives in Music

Oct 25, 2019

The fate of bass players? To be shamefully ignored while the front man gets all the attention. Boy, is that a mistake... Bass maestro Mike Hatton, like many musicians, plays in more than one band - he can be found delivering smooth Jazz grooves, or a solid bedrock for powerhouse blues, or even harking back to 60s power...


Oct 11, 2019

Rated by Lenny Henry as one of the UK's top bluesmen, Steve has been laying down greasy guitar blues and elegant cerebral Jazz sax in equal quantities, for generations.

 Oh, and he builds guitars, beautifully... and he's completely self-taught. And he's got the deepest voice in all Birmingham. His Blues trio can...


Oct 11, 2019

Hidden away in their secret workshop, John Bradley and Martin Smith breathe fresh life into vintage machines which powered progressive rock and a lot more: the Mellotron.

What is a Mellotron? Well, please read on as you listen to the podcast. John Bradley and Martin Smith have been involved with Mellotrons all their...


Oct 4, 2019

When Ruby Turner sang with Culture Club back in the 80s, she had big hair - but nobody had bigger hair on that tour than George... 

Romantic notions? Pah! I had a theory that there must have been some sort of genius music teacher in Handsworth back in the seventies. Because for three years straight, that mixed...


Oct 2, 2019

Tales of rock, muso photography, jazz and blues. And launching a little band called Black Sabbath along the way...

Jim Simpson has done an awful lot in his time. He's the man who shot a ton of 60s and 70s rock stars. You can see his shots online and often in exhibitions around town. Little Richard never...