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“Play To Satisfy What Your Ears Want” aka Drunk In NYC

In early 2016 Kevin Murphy (great drummer, great guy, currently working with Randy Houser) posted some great advice on the Nashville Drummers Facebook group. It was something every drummer needs to hear, but not everyone has the guts to tell it to us. I’m pretty sure he was snowed in, in NYC, surfing Facebook in the middle of the night, and was probably replying back to other postings he had read. He entitled it “Drunk In NYC.” Here it is: Continue reading →

Two Drums, One Guitar and a Full Dance Floor

I Was Surprised Twice

So I did something last Fall that I’ve never done: hit the road with 2 drums and 1 guitarist. He happened to be LandStar Recording artist Adam Fears, who has had 3 top 20 singles on the Texas Country charts, along with video play on GAC, CMT Pure and ZUUS Country. He’s a songwriter and lead guitarist, so the guy has some skills. It was a mixture of acoustic shows, club dates and radio shows. We had never gone out just the two of us, and frankly, decided to do it to make more money. I used the Ludwig Breakbeats basswood 16″ bass drum. As a smaller size, it’s a higher voice that’s more in line with percussive accompaniment. I took a deeper World Max snare which gave me the flexiblity to have a warm backbeat, a good tenor tom sound, or pull the muffling off and bring the Bonham! (We actually played a Zeppelin medley.) Other than that, I just took hi hats, a handheld tambourine and a shaker. I was pleasantly surprised in two ways:
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New Drum Kit

So I bought a set of Slingerland drums last month. I have always been partial to that brand, since Gene Krupa was my first drum idol growing up. But these are not just any Slingerlands, they are the mid-90’s Studio King line. The ones Greg Morrow uses on all the hits, even though he endorses DW. For roughly 5 years, Gibson built Slingerland drums in Nashville, in a custom shop that was run by industry legends Pat Foley and Sam Bacco. Those drums were highly prized then and have become legendary since. They’re not often on the market because discerning drummers and studios tend to keep them. The drums were a lot more than just another Keller maple shell kit. I’ve heard Gibson priced them prohibitively and that was the main reason for their demise.
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Drums :: Percussion :: BGV’s :: Road Manager :: Drama-Free
Performance credits

David Ball
Mila Mason
Doug Stone
Tiny Tim
Lionel Hampton
Adam Fears
Debra Soule
BOZO Allegro

Recording credits

David Ball
Alan O’Day
Tiny Tim
Adam Fears
Fred Wesley
Steve Kahn
Lew Soloff
Debra Soule
BOZO Allegro

TV credits

ABC’s “Nashville” – drummer for Rayna Jaymes – seasons 1 & 2
GAC’s “Off The Map With Shannen and Holly”
CMT Pure “Lone Star All Star”
ZUUS Country “On The Rise with Adam Fears”

Jingle credits

UPS
Minnesota Vikings
Rent-A-Wreck

Press

Modern Drummer – “Drumkit of the Month”/”New & Notable”/”Recordings”/
”MD International Drum Teacher’s Guide”
Stereo Review, Sound & Vision – “BOZO Allegro Reviewed”
ProRec.com – “Point to Point III-Debra Soule”

Awards

Distinguished Service Certificate by Pro-Mark Corporation

Endorsements

Fibes drums/Sabian cymbals/Vater sticks/AXIS Percussion pedals/Qwikstix accessories

Vintage gear

Beatles Ringo kit, Buddy Rich Ludwig kit, Percussion items from Tom Roady’s collection

Background
  • Chosen as one of two students to represent WI in the McDonald’s All-American High School
    Band. Achieved 6th chair out of 16 member percussion section.
  • Only drummer chosen by guest soloist Lionel Hampton to accompany him during Carnegie
    Hall performance.
  • One of two drummers chosen to particpate in the 25-pc McDonald’s All-American High
    School Jazz Ensemble.
Snares
Current
3 x 10 Sonor birch jingle (contains 8 sets of tambourine jingles)
3 x 13 Tama birch
3 x 13 Ludwig maple
3 x 13 Groove Percussion brass
5 ½ x 14 PureCussion maple
6 x 14 Pearl Sensitone bronze
6 ½ x 13 Pork Pie Percussion fiberglass
7 x 14 WorldMax Black Hawg hammered brass
8 x 14 Tama Artstar bird’s eye maple

Vintage
3 x 13 Noble & Cooley mahogany 1910’s
5 x 15 Ludwig SuperLudwig chrome over brass 1920’s
6 1/2 x 14 Slingerland Sound King chrome over brass 1970’s
5 x 14 Ludwig Jazz Festival maple 1968
5 x 14 Ludwig Acrolite 1970’s
5 x 14 Slingerland Sound King chrome over brass 1970’s
5 x 14 Gretsch chrome over brass 1970’s
Kits
Ludwig
Breakbeats by Questlove basswood (2013)
14 x 16
13 x 13
7 x 10
5 x 14
Fibes
Jasper maple (Austin TX 1998)
18 x 20
16 x 22
10 x 10
10 x 12
14 x 14
16 x 16
5 ½ x 14

Slingerland
Studio King maple (Nashville TN mid 90’s)
16 x 24
16 x 22
8 x 10
8 x 12
11 x 14
13 x 16
16 x 18
6 1/2 x 14
Ludwig
Super Classic maple (Ringo kit 1967)
14 x 20
8 x 12
9 x 13
16 x 16
5 x 14 Supraphonic chrome

Ludwig
Universal mahogany (1920’s Buddy Rich “Traps The Drum Wonder” kit)
12 x 26
3 x 14
Matching china cymbal and wood block (just like Buddy’s!)
Slingerland
14 x 26 misc bass drum (1960’s)

Cymbals

Sabian: various HH, AA, HHX
Zildjian: various A, K, A Custom, K Custom
Wuhan: chinas

Percussion

LP brass timbales
Toca congas & bongos
Schlagwerk cajon with kickport
African rope-tuned djembe
Various shakers, blocks, tambourines, cowbells, “found percussion”
Various items from Tom Roady’s collection, including his wooden tambourine

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