Interviews from 15th July include Gary Fletcher of The Blues Band, Steve Gibbons of The Steve Gibbons Band, Dan Steer of These Reigning Days along with Andy Fraser of Free and Tobi live in the studio.
Gary Fletcher was born in Lambeth and grew up in Streatham, South London. Probably now best known as the bass player in The Blues Band. Although he bought the With The Beatles album when it first came out in ’63, Gary’s preoccupation with cars, trains & other Boys’ Own hobbies meant that it wasn’t until the later years of the Sixties that he made his next album acquisitions – notably Eddie Boyd with Fleetwood Mac and Cream’s Wheels of Fire double album. Exposure to these blues-orientated records sowed the seeds of his musical aspirations and he gradually began to play around with his sister’s humble Spanish guitar. Though left handed, he didn’t let the fact that the instrument was a right handed one stand in his way, and to this day plays a guitar strung for normal right hand use – left handed, ie upside down.
Steve Gibbons is an English rock vocalist. Steve started his professional life as a plumber’s apprentice in Harborne. He joined the Dominettes by 1960 to replace Colin Smith, who had left to join Jimmy Powell’s backing group. The Steve Gibbons Band was formed in 1976 and continues to tour today.
Having started their gigging career supporting Mercury darlings Metronomy, Devon-based three-piece These Reigning Days have quickly established a reputation as a formidable live act. The words “epic” and “stadium sound” are often used to describe their performance.
Having been described as a “Guitar wunderkind and gifted singer” by CBS Interactive Music Group’s StreetDate Radio, Tobi’s intuitive songwriting coupled with his unique voice and ease on the guitar has earned him instant comparisons to his personal inspirations of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer and Robin Thicke, and also made him eligible for 9 Grammy nominations including “Best New Artist,” from the Recording Academy. Simply known as TOBI, Tobias Earnshaw has been around the performing arts his whole life, having been a student and a graduate at his mother’s Susi Earnshaw Theatre School in London. Tobi’s extraordinary talents on the guitar and his songwriting skills caught the attention of legendary songwriter and producer Andy Fraser; formerly bassist for the blues-rock group FREE. As a child prodigy himself, Fraser immediately recognized Tobi’s potential and signed Tobi to Fraser’s record label Mctrax International, and set off on a whirlwind promo tour in the US in the summer of 2011 in support of his debut album “Spirit In Me.” The album was immediately recognized for its songwriting strength and excellent production by CBS and iHeart Radio and has enjoyed top charting positioning on iHeart radio’s “NEW Discover and Uncover” charts for over 20 weeks, for the critically acclaimed songs “Brighten Up My Day”, “Here We Go” and “You and Me.” During the US tour TOBI performed live for Clear Channel Radio, CBS’s Interactive Music Group, and Gibson Guitar Showroom in New York – to rave reviews.
Andy Fraser is an English songwriter and bass guitarist whose career has lasted over forty years and includes a notable period as one of the founding members, in 1968, at age 15, of the rock band Free. Fraser’s most famous compositions remain “All Right Now”, with “Every Kinda People”, which Robert Palmer recorded in 1978 for his Double Fun album.
Gary Fletcher of The Blues Band
Steve Gibbons of The Steve Gibbons Band
Dan Steer of These Reigning Days
Andy Fraser & Tobi (Live in the Studio)