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 →
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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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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