Modern Drummer’s 2013 Readers Poll Winners
The results are in for the longest-running, most prestigious drummer poll in the world. Without further ado, here are your winners for 2013.
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie
The renowned stylist continues to set an example of soulfulness and strength for drummers of every age and in countless musical genres.
Peart is one of a number of drummers this year who took top honors in two categories. Besides being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rush’s drummer released a book to accompany his instructional DVD Taking Center Stage, and he collaborated with writer Kevin J. Anderson on a novel based on Rush’s Clockwork Angels album.
Whether touring with Sting and Herbie Hancock or recording for Paul McCartney, Lee Ritenour, and Wayne Krantz, Vinnie captures the imagination of drum fans in a way no other living player does. He has now won the Studio category fifteen times.
Mayer, who has greatly elevated the art of groove playing within a largely electronic setting, toured the States and Japan this year with the band Nerve, which recently released the fourth installment of its EP series, a winner in our poll.
The wild popularity of his educational materials, private clinics, and drum camps motivated readers to name Greb as the year’s top educator, and to call specific attention to his Language of Drumming book.
Upon learning about his win, the popular Blink-182 drummer was moved to thank readers personally: “I’ve read Modern Drummer for over thirty years. I used to dream about even being mentioned in the magazine. The Readers Poll is always such a great honor to be a part of.”
During this past year Sanchez toured in guitar legend Pat Metheny’s group and released his third album as a leader, New Life, the first consisting solely of his own compositions.
Periphery’s drummer joined fellow 2013 Modern Drummer Pro Panelists Antonio Sanchez, Stephen Perkins, and Benny Greb as a category topper this year.
Tony Royster Jr.
Jay-Z’s drummer first appeared in the MD Readers Poll in 2000 as the top Up & Coming drummer. In 2013 he took the R&B category for the second year in a row.
Perkins, who continues to tour and record with the alternative glam band Jane’s Addiction, has also become a crowd favorite at the Guitar Center Drum-Off finals, which he hosts.
The former MD Pro Panelist, who spent 2012 touring and recording with country superstars Rascal Flatts, took the Country category for the third year in a row.
Daniel de los Reyes
The veteran Latin-jazz drummer recently became a full member of the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band, and fans took notice.
Carrie Underwood’s powerful nonconformist raises eyebrows with every backbeat.
Check out the the July 2013 issue of Modern Drummer for complete coverage, available now in print and digital.