Mutter Slater was the front man and flute player for the 70s cult band Stackridge (produced by George Martin, signed by Elton John): a group that established itself as a firm favourite on countless stages throughout the land and appeared regularly on BBC TV’s The Old Grey Whistle Test and John Peel’s radio programmes.
After Stackridge, Mutter returned to a life of quiet domesticity in the South West of England. The songwriting and performing bug eventually got the better of him, leading to the formation of his band and a return to the recording studios – Love & Hate in 2006; Riding A Hurricane in 2008 (produced by Billy Bragg) and 2014’s Absobloodylutely.
American Blues, Soul and R’n’B
His songs reflect his primary interest in 60s American blues, soul and R’n’B as well as his persistent addiction to a ‘half decent tune’. The music is warm, harmonically panoramic and edgy. Lyrically it’s intriguing; telling of human strengths and frailties and illicit loves, bar room observations, train rides, bus rides, long walks and cosmic disintegration.
Mutter’s voice has matured too over the years. It remains blue-eyed soul at its finest, but the edges are softer and the range subtly extended imbuing it with more poignancy and meaning than had been heard before The Mutter Slater Band.
Band Line Up
Mutter – lead vocal, guitar, flute
Chris Cleaver – lead guitars, backing vocals
Dan Wheeler – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Clive Ashley – tenor sax, backing vocals
Tom Hughes – Hammond
Laurie Higgins – bass guitar