On episode 034, Jamie is joined by jazz-master Jay Lawrence. Jay has played with a stunning collection of icons in the entertainment world. From Sammy Davis Jr. to Loretta Lynn, he has been there. He has also recorded percussion parts for some of the biggest Hollywood films of the last two decades. Now residing in Utah where he teaches at BYU, Jay talks about growing up behind the kit, his influences, how to stay busy as a drummer and his stellar new album Sonic Paragon. Jay has a wonderful and inspirational personal story to share and he does so on this episode.
TJ Taylor, just home from a tour with SOIL, stopped by The Drum Shuffle studios to talk to Jamie about growing up in Kentucky, being given his first drum set, playing along to his favorite drummers and eventually joining Tantric and now, SOIL. TJ's work ethic and unique drumming style has garnered him tons of attention over the past few years and he continues to grow as a musician. TJ also covers his influences, approach to songwriting and his hybrid left-handed way of playing. TJ's story is certainly educational and inspirational. Don't miss out on this conversation.
Grant Menefee is a well-known drum instructor in the Baltimore, Maryland area. He is quite simply a teacher to the stars. Former students include Jon Theadore, Matt Halpern and Nate Morton. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, Grant has been teaching and playing for many years. He has also written for many major drum publications. His lasting legacy is that he continues to teach the craft of drumming to countless students each week. On episode 032 he shares a wealth of information and knowledge with Jamie to share. Enjoy!
Brendan Buckley is a drummer's drummer. He has been recording and touring with Pop mega-star Shakira for almost 20 years. His performance resume also includes Daniel Powter, Jackson Browne, Julio Iglesias, The Bodeans, Miley Cyrus and Shelby Lynne. On episode 031, Brendan and Jamie talk about his early days as a musician, taking lessons from the great Tommy Igoe, his first big break and his approach to recording and touring with various artists. Brendan is simply one of the great drummers in the business today. He shares a ton of great knowledge and insight that is sure to be inspirational to everyone.
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz has been drumming for Weird Al Yankovic for 38 years. Bermuda is an ultra-versatile drummer, musical historian and archivist for Al's band. On episode 030, he and Jamie discuss his first drumset, presented to him by Bill Ludwig personally, his musical education and meeting Al on the Dr. Demento radio show. That chance encounter in 1980 has led to many world tours, Grammy awards and millions of albums sold around the globe. Bermuda is also very active on several drum-related internet forums and has always been available to others to answer questions and provide advice. He is truly a statesman of the drumming community.
Jerry Gaskill has been drumming since the tender age of four. On episode 029, Jamie talks with Jerry about his long and illustrious career in King's X. King's X is one of the most influential bands in the genres of rock, metal and prog of all-time. Jerry also discusses some of the giant shows that he's played as well as the band's wonderful relationship with their legion of fans. He also hints at a new King's X album project in the near-future. Jerry is truly a kind soul that shares deeply inspiring thoughts and stories this week.
Matt Chamberlain is a first-call in-demand session drummer. His list of credits includes Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, Willie Nelson, Neko Case, Tori Amos, Elton John, Bruce Springsteen, The Wallflowers, and Sheryl Crow to name just a few. Matt also spent a season as the drummer on Saturday Night Live with guitar great GE Smith as the bandleader. On episode 028, Matt talks about his legendary career, his world-class studio Cyclops Sound and his massive drum collection. Matt is a class-act at the top of the drumming world and he shares tons of great knowledge on this week's show.
Brandon Goodwin and his band, B's Bees, is a staple of the thriving jazz scene in Montreal. On episode 027, Brandon discusses his start in music, B's Bees' new release Kanata, their recent tour of the US, and his ability to work as composer, bandleader and drummer of the group. He also shares some great knowledge for any musician to take to heart. Brandon is undoubtedly headed for huge success in the coming years as this interview demonstrates.