Rodney Edmonson started drumming early. He was playing gigs by his early teens in his native Virginia. His first thought was to become a music teacher or band director until he came to the realization that he'd rather play than teach after his first year of college. He soon found himself relocating to Nashville where he began his journey trying to make a living as a drummer. On episode 075, Rodney and Jamie discuss his early years, making the move to Nashville, playing the Grand Old Opry dozens of times with The Whites, and landing his current gig 27 years ago. Rodney has toured and recorded with Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap since 1992 playing Ronnie's legendary catalog of music. Rodney offers some great advice on what it takes to break into the Nashville scene by relaying his experience and knowledge. His playing has been heard by millions around the world and Rodney is a living testament to good guys winning in the music business.
Hot Tuna, NRBQ, Rusted Root, and Bill Frisell are all a part of Harvey Sorgen's discography. It that weren't enough, he has just released the superb, New Origin, with his own trio. On episode 074, Harvey joins Jamie for a career-spanning interview that covers a lot of ground. Harvey shares some insights into the master classes that he teaches, his approach to improvisation, and how to make musical expression that is free of self-imposed confines. He also shares an enormous amount of knowledge on individualism in any artistic approach and how his new release celebrates that individualism in a trio setting. This is an interview that every creative-type on Earth should hear.
Cindy Goldberg is a Canadian drummer and filmmaker. She began drumming as an adult and it quickly became a true passion for her. Cindy quickly noticed that men vastly outnumbered women in the drumming world which created a true sense of "sisterhood" among female drummers. This led her to film a short documentary focusing on female drummers. The overwhelming response to this short film led her to undertake filming a full-length feature documentary, Beat Keepers: Women With Rhythm. On episode 073, Cindy discusses her travels all over Canada and the United States filming and interviewing the greatest female drummers in the world, some misconceptions about women in drumming, and her hopes for the upcoming release of the film. This is a film that The Drum Shuffle is extremely excited about and we hope that everyone will get involved in this terrific project.
Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez is a living legend within the drumming community. Growing up in Cuba in a large musical family, he was destined to be a drummer. He immersed himself into the instrument and scored a job at EGREM studios in Havana where he would record sessions for up to 20 hours each day. After thousands of hours of practice, touring, and recording he decided to apply for asylum in the US. Within two days of his arrival in New York in 1990, he recorded an album that would score him his first Grammy award. Since that time, he has had almost no break in his schedule. His discography is incredible and his output is prolific. On episode 072, Negro and Jamie discuss his upcoming big-band project with Italuba and everything else that is always keeping him extremely busy. Negro also offers some sincere and heartfelt views on how musicians think and feel that will surely inspire anyone who listens.
Ed Toth has spent the past 15 years drumming in The Doobie Brothers. Prior to that, he was a member of the multi-platinum band Vertical Horizon. As if those two entries on a resume weren't enough, Ed is also in constant motion when he's not on the road doing session work and playing gigs in dozens of different groups. Ed's first gig was in his dad's Top 40 band when he was 11 and he hasn't slowed since that time. On episode 071, Ed and Jamie discuss his early days as a drummer, his education at the University of Miami, his move to Boston where a chance encounter led to him joining Vertical Horizon, and how the changing landscape of the music business in the late 1990's led to his dream gig with The Doobie Brothers. Ed is fantastic player and a world-class nice guy. This episode is for all music lovers!
Matt Slocum is one of the great Jazz drummers in the US right now. His terrific new release, Sanctuary, highlights his abilities as a drummer and composer within this record's trio setting. On episode 070, Jamie catches up with Matt to discuss his beginnings as a drummer in Wisconsin, his move to Los Angeles to study at USC's Thornton School of Music, then his move to New York where he has been an in-demand drummer for the past several years. In this interview, Matt shares lots of great experiences, advice, and insight into his career and the new release. He is not only a wealth of musical and drumming knowledge, but he is an open book about the new release and his career. This is an episode of The Drum Shuffle that everyone will certainly want to hear.
Jerry Pentecost is a Nashville native that seems to be everywhere in the Americana world these days. "I try to be a virus in the best way possible," as Jerry puts it. Some recent accolades for Jerry include a feature in Modern Drummer, being nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year by the Americana Music Association, and serving as the house drummer for the AMA's awards and honors show for the past two years. On episode 069, Jerry and Jamie discuss his beginnings as a young drummer, how he has built a massive network of opportunities, his time as musical director for Amanda Shires, to his current gig with Brent Cobb. Jerry is making some serious waves in the world of drumming and is simply amazing as a human being. This is a fantastic episode for all music-lovers.
Mark Walker is an amazing drummer with amazing stories to share. After growing up in Chicago, Mark spent a decade in New York playing with the likes of Paquito D'Rivera, Ralph Towner, Michel Camilo, and Lyle Mays. Making his home in Boston for the past 13 years, he is a first-call drummer to the greatest names in Jazz. On episode 068, Mark and Jamie discuss his new album, You Get What You Give, his approach to composing the album, putting together the band, and what it takes to make it in the modern world of recording. Mark is simply a wonderful drummer having won a Grammy and claiming a top 5 award from Modern Drummer this year. This is a terrific interview with one of the Jazz world's great drummers.