This weeks guest on The A Side is Sean Michael Ray. Sean is an Alabama native and has been one of the states finest bass players for years. His amazing talent shows up in many types of music ranging from gospel, soul, jazz and funk to pop and rock. He has worked with great jazz artist such as Gerald Albright and Eric Essix, soul and RnB artist Maxwell to rock artist like John Waite. Sean is a true professional in every sense of the word!
This weeks guest on The A Side is Rock Killough. I consider Rock to be a master at the art of songwriting. As a matter of fact I think he is one of the best songwriters I have ever heard. Not only does he have 8 solo projects under his belt he also has written songs for such artist as Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Mickey Newbury, Sammy Kershaw, Randy Travis and many more.
This weeks guest on The A Side is Mart Avant. Mart is a Trumpet player who has now been inducted into the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame. He is also a founding member of The Tuscaloosa Horns. As an arranger and a performer he now regularly plays with such groups as The Temptations and The Four Tops just to name a few.
This weeks guest on The A Side is Wes Hampton. Wes is by far one of the best vocalists I think I have ever heard. From show choirs to church choirs he now has one of the most coveted jobs in the world of Southern Gospel Music as one of the lead singers of the very famous”Gaither Vocal Band”. Now working with other great singers such as Bill Gaither himself, David Phelps, Michael English, Russ Taff, Todd Suttles and Adam Crabb just to name a few, in this podcast he tells us how he landed the job with this amazing group. Wes now tours America and the world witnessing and singing praises to our God. It is my honor to have Wes Hampton as part of The A Side.
This weeks guest on “The A Side” is Paul Hornsby. He is a part of the history of Southern Rock. He was there at the beginning of Capricorn Records working with such artist as Duane and Greg Allman, Charlie Daniels, The Marshall Tucker Band, Elvin Bishop and Wet Willie just to name a few. Paul also produced some of Southern Rocks greatest hit songs like Fire On The Mountain, The South’s Gonna Do It Again and Long Haired Country Boy.
This weeks guest on The A Side is David Hood. David talks about his career as the bass player for the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section also known as The Swampers. David has had a fascinating life as a musician. From his very first recording session he has been making hit records ever since. The list of artist that he has recorded and performed with is amazing. From Percy Sledge, Boz Skaggs, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon, and The Staple Singers just to name a few. A real legend in the history of Alabama Music!
This weeks guest on The A Side is Oteil Burbridge. Born in Washington DC and spending 18 years in Alabama, Oteil has had an amazing life from acting to dancing to music and also in the visual arts as well. He has been in the Allman Brothers band longer than any of the other other bass players combined. Now playing with the Grateful Dead with John Mayer as the guitarist, Oteil has had quite an illustrious career.
This week on The A Side is Jazz and RnB vocalist Ona Watson. Ona has been involved in the Alabama music scene around the State for quite sometime. He has been inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame and is very much involved in the entertainment and night club business in the city of Birmingham and around the Southeast. He also owns and runs Ona’s Music Room which has received many accolades as being one of the finest music venues in the country.
This weeks guest on The A Side is Marc Alan Barnette. His band, 24 Karat, was chosen as the top band in the country in the 1984 Miller High Life battle of the bands out of 30,000 applicants. He now lives in Nashville where he has written or been a co-writer of over 3000 songs for himself and other artist. He spends most of his time now teaching the art of song writing to young and upcoming artist while still maintaining a presence as and artist himself.