Ludwig Drums is celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2019 and they have agreed to give The Drum Shuffle listeners a sneak preview of what they will be showing off at the NAMM show this year. The National Association of Music Merchants winter show, held each year in Anaheim, is the largest gathering of instrument manufacturers to show off what is new for the year. Ludwig's 110th anniversary means that they will be offering some outstanding new items that pay homage to their illustrious past while innovating within the drum industry. On episode 053, Jamie is joined by Uli Salazar and Josh Touchton from Ludwig to tell the world what Ludwig is rolling out at NAMM to celebrate a major milestone for the company. If you love drums, you do not want to miss this episode from perhaps the most-respected name in American drum manufacturing. We get details on some ultra-exclusive and highly-collectable drums that are sure to be gone in mere moments after the gates open. We were absolutely honored to have Ludwig share this sneak preview with The Drum Shuffle.
Jamie is joined by Rich Redmond for the one-year anniversary episode of The Drum Shuffle. Rich is well-known for his work with Jason Aldean, having played on more than twenty number one singles and touring relentlessly over the past 20 years. Rich is also an accomplished clinician, session drummer, producer, author, actor and voice-over artist. Rich seems to be everywhere all the time and his passion for his craft is uncompromising. On episode 052, Rich talks about many of his various projects, being prepared for anything, and the art of saying yes. He also talks about his new e-book that he offers to our listeners for free. Rich is a force in the drumming world and offers so much great knowledge and advice on this episode. Don't miss it!
Dena Tauriello has a drumming resume worthy of standing ovation. As a member of the critically-acclaimed Antigone Rising, she toured the world sharing stages with Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers Band, Joan Jett, and Cheap Trick. Since then, she has been a member of Rob Thomas' RT Quartet recording and touring for that incredible project. If that weren't enough to make all drummers envious, she just wrapped up the hit Broadway musical "Head Over Heels" featuring the music of The Go-Go's. On episode 051, Dena and Jamie discuss her childhood, a chance encounter with Karen Carpenter and how that meeting cemented her desire to become a drummer. She also discusses all the various projects that she has been a part of and her hopes for the future. Dena is a world-class musician who shares some great stories and advice that is certain to appeal to everyone that listens.
Charlie Mills is a native New Jersey drummer that sports an amazing resume. Charlie was a member of Dee Snider's SMF solo project, Skid Row, Strength, and many other Jersey-area bands over the past 30-plus years. On episode 050, Charlie talks with Jamie about his rise through the ranks of incredible musicians in New Jersey, having a very young Jon Bon Jovi in one of his high school garage bands, and a seminal moment that changed his life forever. Charlie also opens up about his personal journey from alcoholism and drug addiction to recovery counselor and life coach. Charlie is one of the nicest guys anyone will ever meet and he shares his personal story openly and honestly on this episode. This is an inspirational story that anyone can relate to with ease.
The episode title should say it all! On Episode 049, Jamie is joined by one of the world's greatest drummers, Marco Minnemann. Marco has played with Joe Satriani, Eddie Jobson, Paul Gilbert, Nina Hagen, Steven Wilson and countless others. He is simply one of the busiest musicians around. Marco and Jamie discuss his solo release, Borrego, which included collaborating with Alex Lifeson of Rush, the Aristocrats' upcoming 2019 release, Marco's practice routine and much more. He talks openly about his career and approach to his many projects. Marco is a joyous man and his playing ability is envied by drummers around the world.
For our final episode of 2018, The Drum Shuffle traveled to Nashville for on-site coverage of Nashville Drummers Jam 13. On episode 048, Jamie is joined by a "who's who" of the Nashville drumming community for this great charity event. Co-founders David Parks and Tom Hurst talk about how NDJ got it's start and what the event means to them today. Also joining Jamie backstage are Jerry Roe, Jay Tooke, Mark Poiesz, Matt Billingslea, Sarah Tomek, Wes Little, Cynthia Murray, Hubert Payne, Ray Luzier, Keio Stroud, and Chris Frazier. All of these amazing guests share their stories about NDJ and what they are all up to in their amazing careers. This is a monster episode to finish off The Drum Shuffle's first year with a gigantic bang!
Chris McHugh has provided drum tracks for a legendary list of artists that have sold over 150 million copies world-wide. Let that sink in for a moment. With a discography that includes names such as Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Billy Ray Cyrus, Toby Keith, Little Big Town, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Lionel Ritchie, Carrie Underwood, Jewell, Brantley Gilbert, and Keith Urban, he is perhaps one of the most-often heard drummers alive today. On episode 047, Chris shares his background story, his approach to playing and recording, and shares so many great pieces of historical knowledge with Jamie. Chris is truly a lifelong student and historian of drumming and this interview highlights his depth of knowledge. If you've ever wondered how the session professionals of Nashville approach their jobs, this is the episode for you.
On episode 046, David Parks calls in to talk about his career in music and being an in-demand drummer. David is a world-class working pro in the Nashville scene. Having played with Locash, Ty Herndon, Jason Michael Carroll, and The Southern Rock Revival, he is a seasoned veteran in the music industry. David is currently spitting his time between gigs with Casey James and Derek St. Holmes. He is also the co-founder of the Nashville Drummers Jam. Jamie and David talk about his start as a drummer, what it takes to maintain a career in the music industry and the upcoming 13th installment of the Nashville Drummers Jam. Check out this information-packed episode!