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Our friend Rich Redmond just released his new book…
Rich Redmond, drummer for superstar Jason Aldean, provides a shot of inspiration for those interested in jump-starting a music career.
Any successful musician will tell you the most common question asked of them is, “What does it take to make it?” Rich Redmond is no different. He moved to Nashville more than twenty-five years ago with his drums, a cat, and a vision, and he’s made his dreams come true. Over one too many lattes, he decided to put all of his advice in one place.
Making It in Country Music is filled with practical advice, stories of how Redmond did it himself, and insights from a chorus of other musicians. This is the ultimate behind-the-scenes and fun-to-read book looking at the country music industry and music careers.
Redmond takes you on a tour of Nashville and many other country music meccas: from the massive stadiums to the honky-tonks and the wide variety of jobs that make the industry go. You’ll learn the various skill sets needed to become successful in the industry as well as predictions for the future of country music among many other things. There is no better guide to the country music business than Redmond with his unique blend of encouragement, detailed advice, humor, and experience.
Gospel of Goold
Our good friend Steve Goold hosted what I consider to be one of the best drum clinics I’ve ever watched. There is a 15-part video of the clinic posted here. I also interviewed Steve for DRUMHEAD magazine a few years ago. Read here. Steve has backed some really big names including Sara Bareilles and always brings his unique approach to the kit.
Head on over to my sister blog The Naked Historian and download a free copy of my eBook on the Civil War Drummer Boy titled “The Long Roll.” GO HERE
Off the Field
Thomas performing in his high school band
Today is the day after the Super Bowl. I thought it might be interesting to take a look at a professional football player who is also an accomplished drummer:
Andrew Thomas started 41 games in three seasons at The University of Georgia, missing just the Sugar Bowl in 2019 after declaring for the NFL Draft. Thomas spoke with SI.com’s Connor Orr in February of 2020 how an obsession for the classic movie Drumline ultimately helped him read and react to defenses. Some may not know, but Andrew Thomas fancies himself a musician. The 6’5, 320-pound, first-round tackle is actually a first-class drummer as well. And it’s something that he accredits to the movie Drumline:
“Funny story, when I was in daycare my favorite movie was Drumline but it was rated PG-13 so I would have to have the daycare call my parents so they could let them know it was okay for me to watch it. That was my favorite movie growing up so I picked the drums.”
His ability to play the drums and read and react to musical notes is something that Thomas told Connor Orr, translates to football:
“It definitely does. When it comes to instruments it takes repetition and that’s the same thing with football and offensive line. It’s the same techniques over and over and drilling them into your head. Reading music is the same thing as recognizing plays. And one of the things we’d do in high school band was called a site read we would go to a concert and then we’d have to site read a piece of music we’d never seen before and react to it. It’s kind of like when you’re on the field and you see a play called but something happens that you’ve never seen before. You just gotta react to it.”
Thomas was drafted by the New York Giants in the 1st round (4th overall) of the 2020 NFL Draft.
New Sampling Package from NSC
Our good friend Garrett Goodwin’s venture Nashvillesamplingco.com has a new package coming out. Nashville Sampling is excited to announce a collection of bombastic drum loops, fills and samples from Manchester Orchestra’s Tim Very. This massive sound pack includes over 250 loops, 200 fills, and thousands of samples all captured in multiple microphone arrangements. NSC aimed to create an exciting and inspiring drum writing experience with Tim, easy enough for beginning producers to work with while offering advanced tools to satisfy the most technically-demanding drum productions. Built for Kontakt 6, Slate Trigger 2, Logic Sampler, Maschine, and WAV files. The collection will be officially releasing February 1, but people can pre order now. Go to https://nashvillesampling.com/pages/tim-very-drums. Garrett is the drummer for Carrie Underwood. Read our interview with Garrett for Drumhead magazine.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s looking forward to a great 2023! Lots of great posts and guest posts planned.
RIP DH Peligro
Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Dead Kennedys’ drummer DH Peligro has died at the age of 63. The musician, real name Darren Henley, suffered a head trauma after hitting his head in a fall at his home in Los Angeles and died shortly after on Friday, October 28th.
The drummer enjoyed a brief stint with the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 1988, but was best known for being a member of The Dead Kennedys. Peligro replaced the original drummer of The Dead Kennedys in 1981 and stayed with the group until their break up in 1986. He then joined the rock band Red Hot Chilli Peppers in 1988 – taking over from drummer Jack Irons.
Due to his ongoing drug and alcohol issues, the band decided to fire Peligro in November of 1988. Chad Smith replaced him a few weeks later and has been with the band ever since. Anthony Kiedis said firing Peligro was one of the toughest things the band ever had to do, although he became a major part of Peligro’s road to sobriety.
A sober Peligro was the frontman for his own band called Peligro (Spanish for “Danger”) and released three albums: Peligro, Welcome to America and Sum of Our Surroundings, which won Rock Album of the Year from the American Independent Music Awards.
It can be easy sometimes to get frustrated with your instrument. We all want to be able to play what we want to play – when we want to play it. Unfortunately, this is sometimes not the case. Practice is essential. It takes time to learn things. Sometimes it takes a long time. Patience is required and not always available. I’ve spent plenty of time in the practice room cussing up a storm and throwing my sticks in the air. The key is to keep going.
Take a break, for both your mind and your body. If you find yourself getting frustrated, and you’re beginning to pound out notes, it’s time to move on. You can get a sip of water, close your eyes, stretch, just breathe.
Take a lesson. Find yourself an instructor and take a lesson or two. This will help you avoid developing poor habits. A good drum teacher should be able to clearly explain techniques and give you some pointers which will help you develop your skill and ability.
Set realistic and progressive goals for yourself. Set an obtainable goal and work towards that goal. Don’t move on until you’ve achieved it to your satisfaction. This will give you a sense of gratification and improve your attitude toward practicing.
Enjoy yourself and have fun. Never forget why you took up the instrument in the first place. If you’re not having fun you’ve lost your true motivation. Try taking a break from exercises and play along to songs you like. Make up your own exercises. You’re in charge of you.
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