Modern Country Drumming

“How would you describe the sound or style of drumming in country music today?”

What is the sound of modern country drumming? Since I moved to Nashville in 1997, things have gotten WAY more aggressive. A lot of people are moving to Nashville from New York and LA and Atlanta. All of these different musical influences are coming to Nashville. So we’ve got dance music. We’ve got classic rock, modern rock. All coming into the mix. And we’re combining that with the storytelling element that has always existed in Nashville. So three chords and the truth, right? And we’re putting it to a snappy, dancey beat. And I know that the drums keep getting turned up hotter and hotter in the mix, which is great for us drummers. I think it’s all about an aggressive beat, but still being musical of course and letting the song speak for itself. Letting that story come through.


On Making It Happen

Those first three years in Nashville I played every club in town. I did endless showcases. I did free demos, auditions in people’s basements, van and trailer gigs, wedding gigs … I took everything. Because work begets work. And social media is great, but you also have to get out there and shake hands. Go to those jam sessions. Go to those open mics.


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