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The A Side

Marc Phillips hosts this podcast about the history of Alabama music, past, present and future... and features interviews with singers, song writers, musicians and artists of all genres. The A Side explores their influences and accomplishments, and goes behind the scenes to hear stories that have never been told before ranging from the inspiration of a song to their life on and off the road.

Sep 26, 2016

This weeks guest on 'The A Side" is Ray Reach. Ray is the Director of the Student Jazz Programs for the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and is also the Director of The Jazz Hall of Fame All Stars. Starting out as a classical piano player Ray wound up playing in rock and roll and R n B groups during his early years. Finally...


Sep 19, 2016

This weeks guest on "The A Side" is Damon Johnson. Damon was born in Macon Georgia and grew up in Alabama. As a young boy he struggled to figure out if he would ever become a musician or not. Now his musical paths have crossed many roads playing and working with such artists as Pat Upton of The Spiral Starecase to...


Sep 12, 2016

This weeks guest on "The A Side" is a member of the Alabama Jazz Hall Of Fame and guitar player extraordinaire...Eric Essix. We take a look into Eric's life and career as well as his new CD release "The Gospel Sessions". This project was recorded in the famous Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals and features some of Alabama's...


Sep 5, 2016

This weeks guest on The A Side is the talented Rick Kurtz!


Rick has played guitar most of his life traveling from town to town playing with bands such as The Mortals and with the great singer songwriter, piano player, Mike Duke of Mike And The Maximums. Then moving on in his career he wound up playing guitar with...