Alternative Rock music became popular in the 1980’s as an “alternative” to mainstream or commercial rock. Fans of this genre are likely familiar with the music of bands like REM and 10,000 Maniacs. Perhaps not quite as prominent, but in my opinion just as good, was a band by the name Blake Babies whose name came from the beat poet, Allen Ginsburg. John Strohm was a co-founder and guitarist in Blake Babies. He also was a member of Antenna and the Lemonheads, in addition to having a solo career. So why is John featured on the Next Lawyer Up podcast? Taking his musical career as far as he cared to, John migrated to Birmingham, Alabama and finished college at UAB and then, looking for a career path, he attended Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. He did well there and served as Editor in Chief of the Cumberland Law Review. John then worked for a period of time in Birmingham but, never far from music. He then started a music law practice that culminated in him working for the entertainment law firm of Loeb and Loeb in their Nashville office. John has kept music close to his heart and now serves as president of Rounder Records. If you see a Blake Babies reunion date near you, please go! I promise that you will like this music! Two of my favorites include Temptation Eyes and Out There. You’ll really enjoy this podcast if you listen to and watch the videos of some of his songs first.
Ron Sykstus is a Managing Partner of several of the Bond & Botes Law Offices throughout Alabama. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and a Juris Doctorate from the Northern Illinois University College of Law. Ron has served in numerous positions throughout the U.S. Army and now utilizes his expertise in the areas of VA issues, security clearances, military law, and bankruptcy to assist his clients when they need it most. Read his full bio here.