"Hi Willy, it is a pleasure for me to accept your invite and I thank you. What a fantastic story you must. Consider putting it in ink, I'm sure I'd buy the book. Much success on the upcoming album and I'll be looking for "He takes…"
"Yeah man, sad isn't the word! The problem is that's all fine and good for a studio, but when you're out in front of the fans, they want to see that drummer back there goin' at it...no tricks...no clicks...and no triggers!
"philly joe- john voh ohlen, belson- (belson-rich) albums were great, and of course Billy the bad boi- Cobham - back in the days of the mahavishnu- remember how he lined up 4 sets - he practically needed his own stage!! ah yes- they have all been…"
Been drummin' a long time...I'm 40 years old now, drumming has been a gift from God and it has been my passion since the 6th grade. My wife and children are my life and I have been fortunate enough to have a wife that supports my playing. Went on the road at age 16 and paid countless dues every since. I'm a groove player with a great feel and very consistent meter. I try not to overplay and when I do I try to make it tasteful at least. My influences are: Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Stewart Copeland, Steve Gadd, Carter Beauford and many others. I love to play rock and roll (anykind other than metal) and I really find myself when I play funk.
philly joe- john voh ohlen, belson- (belson-rich) albums were great, and of course Billy the bad boi- Cobham - back in the days of the mahavishnu- remember how he lined up 4 sets - he practically needed his own stage!! ah yes- they have all been replaced by an algorithm ; (
Stoke, Thanks for your candor. You are doing the correct path my friend....I wish I had that kind of determination to go back to school...I was never a school buff, dreaming of drummin'!!!! I will check him out before I hit the hay...Thanks again!!!
Stoke, Yeah, I plan on being there again on Sunday. It is an open jam, but lately there have been other 'session' guys (really pro-serious guys) that they all know and they have been doing the sitting in, but it is a true pleasure to listen to even if you do not get up and play. I have gotten up there a few times and they play what they know, not usually what you know, unless you have a vast 'groove' library for late 70's early 80's groove. If you are on Facebook, request David Northrup as a friend, and he will send you a link to the event whenever they play. You can also request me if you wish. It is under Michael Catone, Nashville/Franklin, TN - I will be going to an open jam tonight on Printers Ally @ Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar around 9:pm. That happens every Tuesday with the All Pro Blues Band.
Stoke - Thanks for the kind words!! Small world, eh? The drum kit is (believe it or not) a Vision 100% Birch kit!!! Sounds pretty decent with the right heads (and tuning of course) Hey, there is a Jam session @ the Graffitti Bar in Murfreesboro just about every Sunday. You need to check it out. Serious session and tour players are the band, and they ley cats sit in. David Northrup (also on NMP) is the drummer for Travis Tritt, Randy Smith on bass has played for Womack, Rimes, Yearwood, etc....I'll be there this Sunday. Come on out, would like to meet in person!!! Thanks bro!!