THE Base Sessions is back for 2011 with more exclusive live footage and interviews from top music business names.

To kick off the New Year our team from Base Studios in Stourbridge caught up with a band who have sold millions of records and shared a stage with artists including Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

Big Country have been a force in music since their formation in 1981 when Stuart Adamson left The Skids to team up with fellow scott, guitarist Bruce Watson.

Their first show of note was supporting Alice Cooper and, after a line up change and deal with Phonogram Records, they scored their first top ten hit in 1983 with the Steve Lillywhite produced Fields of Fire.

The band continued to clock up hits and their debut album, The Crossing, was nominated for three Grammy awards.

During the next two decades Big Country proved to be an awesome live band with their spiritual gigging home at the legendary Barrowlands venue in Glasgow.

Their on-stage ability was recognised by fellow performers, Mick Jagger said Big Country was "one of the best opening bands we have had".

With 17 top 30 singles and seven top 30 albums behind them the band played their final show with Adamson in 2000 before his death a year later.

The rest of the band continued with other projects until earlier this year when they recruited old friend Mike Peters from The Alarm for a tour to celebrate the band’s 30th anniversary.