Thursday, August 27, 2009

It's safe to say that John P. Strohm is the coolest lawyer in Birmingham, Alabama

I love this guy's music.

I couldn't find a decent video of him solo so opted to post this entirely gratuitous Blake Babies video featuring Juliana Hatfield.

Don't judge me.

I've never met him, even though he lives around here and plays at Bottletree sometimes.

I love his solo stuff-see the Myspace

I particularly like "Waiting For The World".

John Strohm (or John P. Strohm, born March 23, 1967 in Bloomington, Indiana) is an American guitarist, singer, and lawyer. He began his musical career playing drum set in Indiana's punk rock scene, then moved to Boston in 1985 and switched to guitar. With Juliana Hatfield and Freda Love (then Freda Boner) he co-founded the indie rock trio Blake Babies in 1986.

Following the breakup of the Blake Babies in 1991, Strohm performed with the bands Antenna, Velo Deluxe, and Hello Strangers, and has also recorded and performed extensively as the guitarist and drummer of the Lemonheads. In addition, he has performed on albums by Mike Watt and Polara.

Strohm has released three acclaimed solo albums, Caledonia (Flat Earth, 1997), Vestavia (Flat Earth, 2000), and Everyday Life (Superphonic, 2007).

Strohm favors the electric guitar and his style is melodic, alternating between heavy, distorted chords and more folk-influenced flatpicking, with Neil Young and punk rock being important polarities. He often plays most or all of the instruments on his solo recordings, including electric, acoustic and bass guitar, drums, and keyboards.

He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (2001) and a magna cum laude graduate of the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University (2004). While in law school, Strohm served as editor-in-chief of the Cumberland Law Review. He is currently an adjunct law professor at Cumberland School of Law. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, where he works as a transactional intellectual property and entertainment lawyer, representing musicians, songwriters, and independent record labels, among other clients.

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