“So heavy” and “So pro” are two typical compliments paid to Shinedown’s founding drummer. But as the group’s latest album, Threat to Survival, makes clear, “So smart” and even “So subtle” are part of his essence as well. MD contributor Ben Meyer sees firsthand what it’s like powering one of modern rock’s strongest juggernauts.
When Jeff Sipe met underground art-rock icon Col. Bruce Hampton in the clubs of Atlanta in 1984, his life—and drumming—changed forever. “From the very first time I played with Bruce,” Sipe tells MD, “I felt that I’d found my calling as a player.”
“The concept of jam band totally applies,” the famed drummer with fusion greats Dixie Dregs says of his latest album with Jazz Is Dead, “meaning go for it, challenge yourself, and don’t be afraid to take chances.”
Rashid Williams has always been attracted to powerful people. When he was seven years old and attending church in Jersey City, New Jersey, the drummer with the best groove nabbed the drum chair, whether it was Rashid or the other drummers in his family—who happened to be his mother and father.
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