"Each track works with a dreamy insistence. Excellent, innovative stuff which cries out to be heard live"
Review of Riding A Hurricance in Maverick Magazine
"I really love Mutter's album. It instantly takes me to a cool place and keeps me there. His voice is soulful and painfully honest, he clearly sings from the heart"
Chris Hughes (acclaimed producer)
"Mutter Slater has one of the great voices of British rock - and he writes a mean song too!"
"The best voice this side of Paul Rodgers"
Once upon a time, a band called Little Dixie was playing in a pub in Burton Bradstock, a tiny village in West Dorset one night a couple of years back. A newly-arrived resident to the village, one Billy Bragg, happened to be checking out his new local that night and was impressed enough with Little Dixie's frontman Mutter Slater's belting blue-eyed soul voice and the quality of his original songs to establish a working relationship that's lead to Bragg taking the producer's chair for the Mutter Slater Band's debut album Riding A Hurricane.
The Mutter Slater Band sees the frontman of Stackridge return to his teenage r&b, soul and blues influences to create a world of songs telling of illicit loves, edgy relationships, train stations and bus stops, temptresses and losers, fame, egos or life in a combat zone. The music behind the bluesy, understated vocals is honest, pared down and earthy yet delivered with a light dextrous touch.
MUTTER SLATER (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, flute)
Mutter was spotted by the future manager of Stackridge playing with his band at Glastonbury Town Hall. It wasn't too hard to persuade him to move to Bristol, where he joined the band in 1970. He then embarked with the band on a gruelling series of one-nighters all over the U.K., developing his legendary and blindingly idiosyncratic stage act (slippers, grey flannels, dustbin lids etc.) alongside the band's strongly melodic yet equally quirky songs and instrumentals... More > > >
DAN WHEELER (drums, backing vocals)
Dan first started playing drums in his school band at the age of fifteen and he hasn't stopped since. He has played with various bands from the South West Dorset area embracing a variety of musical styles from; jazz fusion to soft rock, funk to prog rock, disco to R&B and boogie… More > > >
IAN OLIVER (bass)
Olly also started playing whilst at school. This was during the advent of punk rock so that coloured his beginnings, but he very quickly learned to adapt to other styles due to his working with numerous talented musicians and bands over the last 32 years… More > > >
CHRIS RICKARD (hammond, backing vocals)
Chris started very young his parents being working musicians themselves. He first met and started playing with Mutter and Dan a while later at a regularly held jam session in one of Bridport’s ale houses. The eclectic mix of music being played (eg.The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Waits, Tom Petty, even Kylie Minogue!) proved to be just the ticket for broadening Chis’s musical education… More > > >
CHRIS CLEAVER (lead guitar, backing vocals)
Chris started his playing career in the North of England, playing Blues and Rock'n'Roll in pubs and working men's clubs before really cutting his guitar teeth in the house bands of the Blues and Jazz clubs of Leicester during the late 1980s, playing alongside many great guest artists, including Jools Holland… More > > >
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