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The MMHP989 brings together every style of Michigan Music, its history and backstory with detail. Featuring Dr. J (Gary Johnson) and Sir Fred (Fred Reif), Archivist/Wingman Mike Beattie, along with host, musician/journalist Scott Baker

Michigan Music History Podcast -- MMHP989 Scott Baker, Gary Johnson, Fred Reif, Mike Beattie

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The MMHP989 brings together every style of Michigan Music, its history and backstory with detail. Featuring Dr. J (Gary Johnson) and Sir Fred (Fred Reif), Archivist/Wingman Mike Beattie, along with host, musician/journalist Scott Baker

    Michigan Music History Podcast Season 3--Jen Cass Michigan Folk Royalty Part 1 of 2

    Michigan Music History Podcast Season 3--Jen Cass Michigan Folk Royalty Part 1 of 2

    WELCOME TO SEASON 3 of the MMHP in the 989! We offer another year of fantastic, in-depth interviews and music directly from Michigan artists from ALL genres. We kick off Season 3 the right way, with a two part series from Michigan's Folk Queen and current Lucky Nows frontperson, Jen Cass. Pulling her away from her comfortable life in Flushing, MI, Jen took us back to her roots, performs songs, and delivers why she fights the good fight for the people with her music and at her day job. Enjoy Part 1!

    • 47 min
    MMHP Season 2 *BONUS* Ep: 26--INDY MUSIC and Hell's Half Mile Special Feature

    MMHP Season 2 *BONUS* Ep: 26--INDY MUSIC and Hell's Half Mile Special Feature

    STOP THE PRESSES--the MMHP989 are adding this Midweek Podcast SPECIAL EDITION to honor our Michigan friends at the Hells Half Mile Film and Music Festival next weekend! On this episode--our longest ever-we have Don Hessell, curator of the Indy Music featured over the past few years at the HHM Fest. Bridging the gap, we have our INDY feature with original bev.clone bassist, Ben Padget, who is currently doing press on the first issue of their boxset Compendium and bonus, unreleased Live 1994 show--cassette, download and vinyl for the Live release! bev.clone out of the Bay City/Saginaw area originally, went down in the '90s as bringing forth the power and message of Fugazi through the Great Lakes filter. The late lead vocalist Tommy Jenkins III was also seminal in starting the music portion of the original HHM Fests. On this episode, we tie together the DIY and non-profit worlds to bring you the start and the future of what Jenkins III envisioned. ENJOY...

    • 1 hr 27 min
    MMHP Season 2 Ep: 25 Clark Sullivan--From The U.P. to Atco Records, Billboard Charts and Beyond Part 2 of 2

    MMHP Season 2 Ep: 25 Clark Sullivan--From The U.P. to Atco Records, Billboard Charts and Beyond Part 2 of 2

    The Excels exploded from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to share the stage with the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder and so many more. Clark Sullivan's vocals and solo career expanded into singles, produced by long time friend Ollie McLaughlin, entering charts via Atlantic sub-labels such as Atco Records. Entering Michigan Rock Legends Hall of Fame in 2017, the backstory is amazing--in part 2, Clark performs live and provides color commentary on hilarious moments, and deep cultural issues that became part of his musical friendships. Don't forget to check out Part 1!

    • 50 min
    MMHP Season 2 Ep: 24 Clark Sullivan--From The U.P. to Atco Records, Billboard Charts and Beyond Part 1

    MMHP Season 2 Ep: 24 Clark Sullivan--From The U.P. to Atco Records, Billboard Charts and Beyond Part 1

    The Excels exploded from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to share the stage with the Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder and so many more. Clark Sullivan's vocals and solo career expanded into singles, produced by long time friend Ollie McLaughlin, entering charts via Atlantic sub-labels such as Atco Records. Entering Michigan Rock Legends Hall of Fame in 2017, the backstory is amazing--so amazing, it's going to take two podcasts to cover it all--plus Clark will perform Live as well...tune in!

    • 52 min
    MMHP Season 2 Ep: 23 Frank Lugo--From ? and The Mysterians to Tejano Radio Glory

    MMHP Season 2 Ep: 23 Frank Lugo--From ? and The Mysterians to Tejano Radio Glory

    Frank Lugo is the veteran long time bassist for ? and The Mysterians. After touring extensively with the band in the late '60s, Lugo came back to Mid-Michigan and began a solo music career that still continues to this day. He also hosted a long-running Tejano radio show that put the roots of his Mexican-American Heritage into the ears of people all over Michigan.
       Lugo still performs with ? and The Mysterians when the band reunites, as well as plugged back in for the throwback tour and Rolling Stone-mentioned run in the late '90s. Tune in for the back story to an original forefather of Michigan Rock and Roots.

    • 52 min
    MMHP Season 2 Ep: MMHP Season 2 Ep: 22 Chad Cunningham--From Bay City, MI to the World-The Ultimate Promotercast

    MMHP Season 2 Ep: MMHP Season 2 Ep: 22 Chad Cunningham--From Bay City, MI to the World-The Ultimate Promotercast

    Chad Cunningham has long been known as a Michigan music promoter, manager, and music fan. Based out of Mid-Michigan, Cunningham took a cue early as a drummer, following in his Father's footsteps for a love of music and performance. Cunningham upped the ante when he started to bring national performances to downtown Bay City as well as took on newer bands to take to major labels. He has also been behind many of Bobby Balderrama's solo releases for the past 30 years, including the ? and The Mysterians comeback in the late '90s. Returning with another top billed concert for Bay City this year, Cunningham is happy to get past the COVID doldrums and light a musical fire to a state that is known for first class music, from the inside out. Here is his story...

    • 1 hr 10 min

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