Drummer Nation Show #51 “Survival for the Modern Drummer” Guest Jim Riley


Jim Riley is the drummer and bandleader for the multi-platinum group, Rascal Flatts. His television credits include The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, The American Music Awards, American Idol, and Dancing with the stars. Jim’s recording credits include TV and movie soundtracks for “Heaven is Real” ‘Hannah Montana and The hit show, Nashville. Jim has won numerous reader’s polls including “Best Country Drummer” “Country drummer of the Year” and Best Drum Clnician. His first book, provides a play along guide to the Nashville number system” and is now in its 4th printing. Jim’s latest book, “Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer” is an award winning current #1 best seller. In his teaching studio “The Drum Dojo,” Jim teaches the great drummers of tomorrow. http://jimrileymusic.com

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Drummer Nation show #50 “The Music is Still Alive” Gary Hobbs


Gary Hobbs is a native of the Pacific Northwest and lives in Vancouver, WA. He has played professionally for over 4 decades and appears on over 60 recordings. Gary played with The Stan Kenton Orchestra from 75 through 77. Gary has performed with Randy Brecker, Bud Shank, Anita O’Day, Terry Gibbs, The New York Voices, The Woody Herman Orchestra and many others. He’s played Carnegie Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Wolf Trap and the Kennedy Center, as well as festivals and clubs all over the world. Gary is very active in Jazz Education, teaching at The University Of Oregon and doing clinics, concerts and jazz camps.  http://www.garyhobbs.net/

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Drummer Nation Dhow #49 Guest Johnny Vidacovich “Out of the Drum Room, Into the Music Room”


Johnny Vidacovich has been a mainstay on the New Orleans Music scene since the 1970s and is something of living legend. He talks sound, feel, and groove and discusses his unique concept of Melodic Rhythm in this “don’t miss” episode of Drummer Nation.

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Drummer Nation show #48: 2017 in Review: Multiple Guests


Favorite excerpts taken from shows presented in 2017. 22 drummers in 33 minutes, including Peter Erskine, Todd Sucherman, Ed Soph, Dennis Mackrel, Paul Wertico, Stanton Moore, Akira Tana, Bun E. Carlos, Rikki Rockett, Roy McCurdy and others. Remember, each of these artists have a entire episode. You can find them all archived alphabetically at    http://drummernation.podbean.com/   Happy New Year!

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Drummer Nation Show #45 Guest Chuck Redd, “They Hear Everything”


My guest, Chuck Redd is an accomplished performer on both drums and vibraphone. He began performing and recording internationally at the age of 21 with jazz guitarists Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, and Herb Ellis and went on to work with jazz legends like Mel Torme’, Ken Peplowski, Terry Gibbs and Conte Candoli. He served as Artist-In-Residence at The Smithsonian Jazz Café in Washington, DC and was a member of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra for 15 years. He frequently headlines at festivals and clubs and is on the faculty at The University of Maryland School of Music. We happened to run into one another in New Orleans last week where he found time for this interview in a back room of the Stanton Moore Spirit of New Orleans Drum Camp.


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Drummer Nation Show #46 Guest: Dom Famularo “Love, Compassion and Humility”


Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 40 years. Dom has earned a reputation of being the world’s leading motivational drum set artist / educator, renowned for delivering entertaining and inspiring performances unlike any other. He has presented master classes and clinics around the globe, including history-making tours of China and the Far East. Dom remains an active educator through his personal teaching studio, colleges, drum schools and camps and is an in-demand consultant to major music corporations, serving as Education Consultant for Sabian, Promark, Evans, Mapex, and Hudson Music.

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