GREENVILLE — Musician Seth Sutton is making a name for himself, hitting the radio waves as a host for WGLM 106.3’s Saturday Soundtrack, which highlights a variety of classic music from the 1950s to today.
Sutton, a stand-up bass player for Grand Rapids’ Jammie Awards winner Midnight Cattle Callers, is hosting the show every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. It is his first radio gig.
What kind of music are you in to?
Personally, I am into a little of most things, however, my soul is steeped in Americana. American is an umbrella term used for most forms of traditional American music like blues, western swing, hot jazz, big band swing, rockabily, bluegrass, folk and country, for example.
Most importantly, I have an open mind about everything. I’ll listen to everything and then base my decisions on whether I like it by a tested set of criteria I have come up with — but that’s another story.
What’s your background in music
I’ve listened to music since I always have music swimming around in my brain, it never shuts off or goes away. I have been involved in music since fifth grade, playing trombone in the school band. I switched to playing the stand-up bass in college for the jazz band program and I have had a tormented love affair with that instrument ever since.
I’ve played, recorded and toured with several bands throughout the Midwest over the years — most notably, the Goldmine Pickers from Indiana, whose 2006 song, “Conversation’s Free,” was used in a Nissan commercial and viewed in more than 35 countries around the world.
How do you like being on the radio and what are some of your favorite things about it?
It’s great. It’s like the lifelong critic who now actually has to put his money where his mouth is. It’s a sweet job for a musician, you know. I get to talk about music, play music and hang out with people who like music. I mean, for someone’s mind that won’t’ turn down, it fits.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned with your radio experience so far?
Figuring out how to talk normal is very challenging. You’d be surprised how difficult it is to make yourself sound natural without being awkward because everyone’s listening.