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Special Interest Mumbo Jumbo entertains at the 2013 Bench and Bar Retreat and Bill Marshall have played with another local favorite, e Locust Fork Band. Dave Amaral, who plays both saxophone and keyboards, has gigged with just about every professional jazz group in town; Mike Fields played bass with e Happy Burnells; Wade Anderson, Pat  etford, and Jay Rhea have played together in the group, Available Space; and Judge Vowell plays in a drum & bagpipe group „elded by the St. Andrews Society. Many of these notable lawyers have played in venues ranging from raucous smoky bars to famous venues including Birmingham’s City Stages event. Mike Trucks, although not a musician, was responsible for booking all the big name groups on campus while a student at UA. Later he became a partner in New Era Productions which became the largest music promoter in Alabama. New Era owned and operated the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre and Mike had a hand in booking the likes of e Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, and other big names. He is presently a partner in Red Mountain Entertainment, which books groups for the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre and the Amphitheatre at the Wharf in Gulf Shores. In the present day I am told that Bradley Arant has an in-house group comprised of Atkins Roberts, Chris Glenos, Andy Johnson, Jay Wright, Jonathan Head, John Goodman, along with old timer, Charlie Beavers.  is no-name group has entertained at all sorts of „rm functions/ retreats and the guys even did a singing email Christmas card for their clients this year. Former Bar W „rm band member John Strohm has played with several famous groups including e Lemonheads. Over at Maynard Cooper, David Donahue plays bass with e Undergrounders. At Lightfoot Franklin, Wes Gilchrist, James Gibson, Larkin Radney, and Buddy Cox play in the band, Failure to Warn. Ashley Pate with that „rm is a talented guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Larkin Radney also plays with Conley Knott and Je– Cotney in the group Slippery Lemon. Jim Gillis, Brian Turner, and Philip Petersen play in Chuck Marten & the Dry Reds (likely a spino– from Mumbo Jumbo practices at Elizabeth Shaw’s house). Many in our midst play in contemporary Christian music groups at area churches including Charlie Beavers, Sims Crawford, John Livingston, O.Z. Hall, Jr., Jim Burford, Pat & Janice Ballard, Bill Marshall, Pat  etford, Paul & Elizabeth Shaw, Mark Peterson, yours truly, and others, I’m sure. I’ve-played-everywhereman Beavers has even written the music and lyrics for at least three Christian music CDs and the material is as good as you will ever hear from any professional songwriter. We also have Jim Poole and Lawrence McDu– playing Christian bluegrass music at St. Mary’s on the Highland Episcopal. So now you know, if you didn’t already, that the Birmingham Bar has had and continues to have accomplished lawyers who also excel in organized music. I’m sure that there are other BBA musicians who have played everything from „ddle to sitar who should have been in this article but I just couldn’t „nd all of you. ( at’s why the article is titled “A History” in lieu of “ e History.”) Please accept my apology if I missed you during my research. Special thanks to Sam Rumore, Bob Kracke, Beth Carmichael, the lawyer/musicians referenced in this article, and everyone else who I can’t remember and who helped me with this piece. G 18 Birmingham Bar Association


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