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Everything you need to know about being a professional drummer…and a few things you may not want to know. Hosted by Matthew Crouse and Zack Albetta: the podcast Working Drummer covers it all in interviews with a dynamic range of pro drummers.

With over 300 episodes and counting, Working Drummer Podcast is the source for those interested in what it’s like to be a professional drummer. We hear from a diverse range of musicians who represent many different genres and scenes. Each weekly interview features a different performer, sometimes with a less recognizable name, but always with an impressive and distinct body of work. This unique approach has garnered a loyal audience hungry for unfiltered stories about making a living as a musician today.

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Everything you need to know about being a professional drummer…and a few things you may not want to know. Hosted by Matthew Crouse and Zack Albetta: the podcast Working Drummer covers it all in interviews with a dynamic range of pro drummers.

With over 300 episodes and counting, Working Drummer Podcast is the source for those interested in what it’s like to be a professional drummer. We hear from a diverse range of musicians who represent many different genres and scenes. Each weekly interview features a different performer, sometimes with a less recognizable name, but always with an impressive and distinct body of work. This unique approach has garnered a loyal audience hungry for unfiltered stories about making a living as a musician today.

    374 - Joy Lapps: Exploring History, Community, and Expression Through the Steel Pan

    374 - Joy Lapps: Exploring History, Community, and Expression Through the Steel Pan

    Joy Lapps is a bandleader, composer, and educator based in Toronto. She was introduced to the steel pan through her church music program as a teenager, and soon started playing community and church events. This soon led to composing her own music and leading her own bands. Her latest release is Girl in the Yard, featuring her own compositions and arrangements, and her husband, Larnell Lewis on drums. The album reflects her exploration of the steel pan as a traditional folk instrument of resistance, but also as the vehicle for her original compositional ideas.
    In this episode, Joy talks about:

    The musical and geographic origins of the steel pan

    How Larnell encouraged her to compose, improvise, and take the steel pan beyond its traditional stylistic role

    How having a son with special needs has affected her relationship with music

    Leaning into her instrument's traditional identity vs. carving a new musical path for it

    How her relationship with Larnell has affected her relationship with the drums

    Working with her band to translate traditional Afro-Caribbean styles to a modern jazz format

    • 1 hr 10 min
    373 - Hubert Payne: Curiosity Over Judgement, Life and Performance Coaching in “The Space”, Touring with Little Big Town

    373 - Hubert Payne: Curiosity Over Judgement, Life and Performance Coaching in “The Space”, Touring with Little Big Town

    Hubert Payne is one of the most sought after musicians in the Nashville music scene with a Performance Coaching skill set that’s a cross between ministry, life coaching, therapy and motivation. With over 20 years of performance experience in athletics and music, Hubert is widely recognized for his ability to ‘Unblock’ his clients so they are fully equipped to live from the best of themselves in every area of their lives.
    Hubert is a certified life coach, practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic-Programming and a Level 2 ISEP Experiential Coach. He is skilled in emotional wellness and performance after trauma and has worked with The NFLPA, The Green Bay Packers, Chick-Fil-A. Hubert maintains a roster of clients from NFL Coaches and players to real estate agents and musicians.
       Hubert is also the touring and recording drummer for National Country Music Artists, Little Big Town. When not on location at The Space (The mental gym he founded in Nashville, TN), you can find Hubert and his wife, Nicole, with their 5 children in Spring Hill, TN.
    In this episode, Hubert talks about:

       Using the concept of performance when navigating life

       Touring with Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert

       Double drumming with Miranda’s drummer Max Zemanovic

       Life and performance coaching in “The Space”

       Normalizing mental health and the help that’s available

       Becoming a compassionate witness to our own history

       Being able to manage your failings

       Choosing curiosity over judgement

    • 1 hr 22 min
    372 - Erik Aylesworth: Playing with Jet Black Roses, Recording at Ronnie's Place in Nashville, Thinking like a Producer

    372 - Erik Aylesworth: Playing with Jet Black Roses, Recording at Ronnie's Place in Nashville, Thinking like a Producer

    Erik Aylesworth is an Atlanta-based drummer who joined Jet Black Roses through remote recording during the pandemic. He attended Atlanta Institute of Music but cut his gigging teeth on the funk/R&B scene in Dayton Ohio. He returned to Atlanta in 2016 and got himself busy playing the usual combo of corporate, bar/restaurant, and church gigs. Jet Black Roses signed with N-Ovation Music Group in Nashville and just finished recording their debut album, with songs set to be release starting in late summer of 2022.
    In this episode, Erik talks about

    The recording process for Jet Black Roses at Ronnie's Place

    The band's unique strategy for releasing and publicizing their music, skipping a few of the usual steps

    Becoming a father during the pandemic

    How recording with guitarist Rob McNelly influenced his own approach as a drummer

    How the usual influences of Bonham, Colaiuta, and Peart combined with pocket influences like Prince and Lil' John Roberts

    • 1 hr 11 min
    371 - Jerry Pentecost: Drumming for Old Crow Medicine Show, Dealing with Systemic Racism, Traditional Country Drumming and Serving the Song

    371 - Jerry Pentecost: Drumming for Old Crow Medicine Show, Dealing with Systemic Racism, Traditional Country Drumming and Serving the Song

    Drummer and Nashville native, Jerry Pentecost has played with John Prine, Brent Cobb, Amanda Shires, Caitlin Rose, Aaron Lee Tasjan, and many others. In 2018 he became only the second drummer ever nominated for the Americana Music Association’s Instrumentalist of the Year award.
    Since around 2019, Jerry has been the drummer for the Grammy award winning group, Old crow Medicine Show.
    In this episode, Jerry talks about:

       Loyalty over pay when juggling multiple gigs

       Playing the Medallion Ceremony at the Country Music Hall of Fame honoring Eddy Bayers

       Drumming for Old Crow Medicine Show

       Covering many roles with OCMS including playing mandolin, bones and singing

       Recording the latest OCMS record, Paint This Town

       Two op-eds he wrote for the Tennessean focusing on Black History

       Dealing with systemic racism

       Traditional country drumming and serving the song

    • 1 hr 38 min
    370 - Eric Slick: Playing with Dr. Dog and Waxahatchee, Building Songs Around Drum Sounds

    370 - Eric Slick: Playing with Dr. Dog and Waxahatchee, Building Songs Around Drum Sounds

    Eric Slick is a product of the Philly area where he began touring with Dr. Dog. After relocating to Nashville in 2018, he continued that gig until the band’s recent hiatus, and has gone on to perform with Waxahatchee and The Crooked Rhythm Band among others. He is also a singer, songwriter, and producer in his own right, his latest release as a solo artist is an album of ten original songs called Wiseacre.
    In this episode, Eric talks about

    His ongoing studio learning process

    The power of "no" - filling your schedule vs. being fulfilled

    Playing with the Crooked Rhythm band and digging into the Fela Kuti/Tony Allen stuff

    His interest in late 70s/early 80s drum machines and productions

    Wrestling with drums and mics vs. wrestling with the computer

    How Nashville is becoming a place for everyone, musically and otherwise

    His "jazz damage"

    • 1 hr 19 min
    369 - Al Murray: The British Drum Company, His 2nd WW podcast: We Have Ways of Making You Talk

    369 - Al Murray: The British Drum Company, His 2nd WW podcast: We Have Ways of Making You Talk

    Al Murray is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of the British Drum Company
    He is also one of the UK’s most recognizable comedians! In his guise as the Pub Landlord he has played drums with the likes of Phil Collins and Queen as well as touring the world appearing on TV and radio.
    Al has published books and is planning a movie, but his first love is drums. A keen and enthusiastic drummer, Al has played since he was a kid, and is currently active in the band 'Fat Cops'.
    Lastly, Al and historian James Holland discuss all matters Second World War with their immensely popular podcast, We Have Ways of Making You Talk. The podcast is a bi-weekly show exploring the war in close up and James and Al have a stunning knowledge of the subject.
    In this episode, Al talks about:

       His podcast, “We Have Ways of Making You Talk”

       His interest in the 2nd World War

       The British Drum Company

       The variety of snare drums that The British Drum Company offers

       His full time gig as a touring comic act, the Pub Landlord

       How the history of drum manufacturing is also the history of manufacturing

    • 1 hr 6 min

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