Drummer & Percussion Live & Studio, Writer, Producer, Got 2 Beautiful Grandkids, Just a good ole friend and Sometimes Character Actor
Living in the Hill Country of Texas. Staff drummer for the Rockbox Theater outside of Austin Texas in Fredricksburg, Texas
Email me if you would like to schedule a session with me in the Austin Texas area..
This is my early stage of a lifelong overview of a drumming tapestry that I created with the help of my music friends. It has been a great ride, and still is.
In the beginning, I knew right off the bat what instrument I wanted to play, and that was the drums, and I must have been 13 years old. I played the guitar and harp for a short time and I thought that was cool, until one day I heard the Ventures were playing on the Lawrence Welk show. Hey man, to see those cats play Pipeline and Walk Don't Run...I was floored. My whole passion became Rock'n'Roll, drums, guitars and surfing. Soon after, I got my first Slingerland Drum kit. A friend of my older brother loaned me his Red Sparkle Slingerland Kit for about a year. Living in a small Texas oil refinery town, Pampa, TX (pop.18,000) there were not many opportunities for inspiration. My band teacher wasn't hip to Rock ' n ' Roll and there were only two cats in my home town that where good enough to give me any kind of lesson, that was Gene Samples and Steve Hardin. But they got me started with a few pointers. I would listen to all the music I could get my hands own. My older brothers record collection , Little Richard, Buddy Holy, and Buddy Knox, whom I got to play some gigs with later on in my career. One of the best things about Pampa, Texas it was a good geographical location in the Panhandle to hear the Wolfman Jack Radio show being broadcast from Del Rio Texas. That's when I got turned on to all the cool R&B, soul, and the Blues. I remember that like yesterday, it was so cool. Yeah! I can say I am a self-taught player, with very few lessons. I practiced so much back then that I would make up my own groove, then I would hear that same groove on some hit song. It was so strange and had such a positive effect on me to know what I was playing was in tune with what others were producing elsewhere in the world. It gave me so much self confidence in my playing.Well, I played drums all through High School moved to Idaho Falls to play with a Group called Sledgehammer…what a name. Actually the group signed a deal with Atco Records in 1971. Our producer was the late great Norman Petty who produced Buddy Holly. We recorded half originals and half Buddy Holly songs. That was the deal, but we got to do our version of Buddy Holy songs. The LP was never released due to some internal problems with a band member. That master tape is somewhere in the vaults of the Norman Petty Studios in Clovis, New Mexico. To shorten this story, I moved back to Texas in 1974 played in some Horn bands. This was way before Chicago was hitting the charts. Listened to alot of soul music, played a lot of soul music. It was cool to have been a part of the early days of Rock n Soul. To sum it up, my drumming comes from a variety of influences, soul, British rock, American blues, early American rock, country, rock a billy and early surf music. Drummers who have inspired me. Danny Seraphine, Gene Krupa, Steve Gadd, Cozy Powel, Billy Cobban, Bernard Purdie, Jim Gordon, Ginger Baker, Buddy Miles, Jeff Porcaro, Bobby Columby, John Bonham, Elvin Jones, Jim Keltner, Nigel Olson , Levon Helm ,and RINGO STARR.
A FEW FUN HIGHLIGHTS (I would like to mention) :
(Playing drums for All-Star Jam at the Texas Buddy Awards, Dallas, TX. 1979, with Jimmy Vaughn, Kim Wilson, Delbert McClinton,Johnny Sandlin, Johnny Winter, Woody Key, Danny Raines, Jay Boy Adams.) (Performing with Rick Vito at the Sutler in Nashville, TN with special guest Stevie Nicks, Becka Bramelt & Billy Burnett,and Dennis Beifield. Played quite a few gigs with Rick that year.) (One-on-one conversation about life and musical careers with the late blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughn after his gig with the Cobras at Fat Dawgs, Lubbock,Texas. Became friends after that night.) (Performing at the Quincy Jones produced 25th anniversary of the Montreaux Jazz Festival,Geneva Switzerland. Meeting and hanging out with Justin Hayward (Moody Blues) at the event that launched Western Beat). (Performing with Bonnie Raitt and the Bump Band at Shangri-La Studio, Malibu, California, jam and writing session.) (Playing percussion on "Kokomo" with the Beach Boys during a concert in Denver, Colorado.) (Playing Carnegie Hall with the Jay Boy Adams Band.) (Having dinner with Timothy Leary in Los Angeles, California.) (Three-week Japan tour with Leon Russell.) (Playing at the Frutigon singer/songwriter Festival in Switzerland with Mike Henderson, Joe Ely, Kevin Welch and Jimmy Dale Gilmore and The Flatlanders.) (Hanging with legendary drummer Jeff Pocaro, and jamming with TOTO at the Quincy Jones' produced 25th anniversary of the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Geneva, Switzerland.)
TV & Video PERFORMING:
TNN, Nashville Now Live TV Concert With Lari White.. 4 shows.
VH1, Documentary Rehearsal Taping for Tour With Leon Russell.
TNN TV, Lari White Concert Special, "Lead Me Not".
TNN TV, Southern California Spectacular.
TNN TV Special, Live with Lari White.
TNN TV Nashville On Stage, with Lari White.
Pecos Films, Mike Merman Producer.Epic Records Music Video.
TNN Lari White, "Lead Me Not" Music Video,
DVD Montreaux Jazz Festival 25th Anniversary. Quincy Jones Producer
Special Venues I have had the privilege to play at:
Carnige Hall, Red Rocks, Park West, Montruex Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Roxy, Troubadour, Capital Theater, Gruen Hall, Greek Theater, Summer Fest, just to name a few...
WRITING, FILM SCORING, AND PRODUCING:
Submitted film score for Short Horror Film "Scare Crow Joe" Producer Bragi Schut.
ESPN: Co-wrote and produced "All American Futurity", Theme song for the world's wealthiest quarter horse race.
Billboard Song-writing Contest: Received the Certificate of Achievement for Co-Writer "Silver Star" from Billboard's song-writing contest,
MCA Records Co-wrote "Found A Feeling" with Marty Brown for upcoming CD release.
Produced Darling Brothers Master Demos of original songs for audition for Legendary Producer Jimmy Bowen.
Produced voice-over dubs for "Call on Hold" for First Media Communications, Brent-wood, Tennessee.
Produced Darling Brothers Master Demo at Autumn Sounds, Dallas, Texas for Warner Brothers.
Executive Producer / Co-Producer on Brighter Days Indie CD (Fool's Lullaby) by Lisa Zanghi.
Current: Staff drummer at the Rockbox Theater / Fredericksburg Texas. Performing with guest artist such as Texas Blues Man Johnnie Red, Hit Song Writer Rick Elias, Hit Song Writer Elliot Park, Pop Artist Jason Cantron. 2011 Season we will up it a notch. And the Rockbox Musicians and Cast members.
Grammy Winning Legendary Blues Artist Johnny Jones: 2004 Montreal 25th Anniversary Jazz Festival
Grammy Winning Legendary Blues Artist Bobby Hebb (Hit song Sonny)
House Band for Grammy Winning Night Train To Nashville
Clay Walker, Giant Records.
Lari White, RCA Records.
Leon Russell, Virgin Records.
Marty Brown, MCA Records.
Jimmy Dale Gilmore, Grammy Nominee, Epic Records.
Kevin Welch, Warner Bros.
Joe Ely, MCA Records
Butch Hancock, Jim Lauderdale, Kevin Welch, Joe Ely, Jimmy Dale Gilmore
25th Anniversary of the Montreaux Jazz Festival.
Gus Hardin, '83 CMA New Artist of the Year, RCA Records.
Jay Boy Adams Band, Atlantic Records.
Rick Vito (Former Member of Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger,) Blues Recording Artist.
Mike Henderson (Mark Knaupler, Steel Drivers)
John Cowan and Sam Bush, New Grass Revival.
Fred Knobloch Singer Songwriter Recording Artist & Radio Free Nashville.
Lucinda Williams, Singer-Songwriter Recording Star.
Buddy Knox, Legendary '50's Rock Artist.
Nick Kane, Mavericks Lead Guitarist
Johnny Lee Schell / Grammy Winner
Jessie Guitar Taylor
Buster Brown Band (Dallas Texas)
Jeff Cease ( Black Crowes)
Ben Jenkins ( Chicago Blues Rocker "Indie")
Doc Blackey ( IFGAM Recording Artist Blues)
Reunion Show Band out of Austin Texas.
Writers that I have recorded Demo's and Master sessions with. Leon Russell, Craig Barnhill, Lari White, Nick Kane (The Mavericks), Ronnie Dunn (Before he was Brooks and Dunn), J Fred Knobloch, D. Scott Miller, Jay Boy Adams and Tony Arata, Doc Blackey, John Sutton.
So many other great musicians that I had the honor of playing with in Nashville. I want to thank those Kats as well. To many to list but they know who they are....
Up coming show's with Sax player Tom Braxton "Southern Pacific Jazz Recording Artist" and Jenee Flenor great fiddle player / singer song writer. Jenee is Martina McBrides backup singer and fiddle player. Jenee is coming into her own as an artist.
Just finished tracking a new cut with Indie Artist JC Martin of the Black Angel Band at (SRS) Songwriters Recording Studio in Santa Barbara, Ca. Tiffany my Daughter- In - Law put down some very sweet harmonies on the cut "Green Eyed Surfer Boy". If you didn't know my Daughter In Law she is the Granddaughter of June Carter Cash, Granddaughter to Legendary Country Star Carl Smith and Step Granddaughter to Johnny Cash. Tiffany's mother is Legendary Outlaw Country Rocker Carlene Carter.
Hey Danny, Thanks for the friendship. Great work you have done. My son is in Austin, and loves it. Headed that way for a visit soon. Looking fwd to meeting you if you come back to Nashville. Best of luck to you, Dan.
Danny:Thanks for adding, me, i see you've been keeping yourself busy,So many cool songs & and works here,some really wonderful drumming,I especialy luved the intricate parts in "Going down to Louisiana" and man i luv that in your face feel and drumming In Danceland. Take Care