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Allan, Chick, Edward, Jeff, and Wayne

One of my favorite sayings is “great drumming lives within music” or simply “music contains drumming (and hopefully Drumming Contains Music.)” In the last few years many of my favorite musicians have died. Throughout their careers these musicians have invited…

Modern Drummer
Mar 31, 2023

For Phil Ehart In Kansas, It’s Always About the Melody

After 50 years of success and creating some of the most popular songs in rock history, Kansas and drummer Phil Ehart are sounding incredible! As further proof of their continued popularity, Inside Out Records (one of the leading progressive rock…

By Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2023

Renaissance Woman: Tammy Glover

I enjoy talking to people like Tammy Glover. She is a successful drummer, songwriter, and a muti-instrumentalist. Tammy was the drummer in the celebrated band Sparks for 14 years, she just wrote a musical called Wendy, My Darling, and has…

By Mark Griffith
Mar 31, 2023

Play What You Love: A Look Inside the Craftsmanship of the A&F Drum Co.

Simple design, practical application, and brilliant sound, are the three pillars that stand as the foundation for the somewhat newly created (but by no means unfamiliar) A&F Drum Company. There are so many adjectives that come to mind when I…

By Jeff Ryan
Mar 31, 2023

Rogers 1960s Gold Louie Bellson and Sammy Davis Jr. Kit

This Rogers kit was originally owned and used by Louie Bellson in the 1960s. Noted drum historian and drum shop owner Steve Maxwell once owned the kit, and he provides the following description: the kit features two 14X24 bass drums,…

Modern Drummer
Jan 31, 2023

In the Studio with Gunnar Olsen

Gunnar does a lot of work in both the industrial and indie-music scenes employing both programming and live playing.

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2019

Bassist Will Lee

The former drummer turned studio bassist

by Brooke Sheffield Comer
Apr 4, 2019

Shakira’s Brendan Buckley

“A bassist friend of mine recently told me that I play drums like a conductor,” says Buckley.

Story by Ilya Stemkovsky | Photos by Alex Solca
Jan 30, 2019

Steve Schaeffer — Heard But Not Seen

Mention Steve Schaeffer around L.A. and you will probably hear comments such as these: Patty Fidelibus (Contractor, Warner Bros.): “Steve makes me feel very safe. If we have a 2:00 downbeat, at 1:30, Steve is already there, set up, ready…

by Robyn Flans
Aug 24, 2018

Fran Christina's T-Bird Rhythms

The Fabulous Thunderbirds are the real thing alright. Hailing (both literally and spiritually) from Southwest Texas (Austin, to be specific), the T-Birds seem to sum up the earthy spirit of the entire Gulf Coast region, playing axle grease fried blues…

By Chip Stern
Jan 5, 2018

Charlie Watts

Editor's note: The following articles on Charlie Watts are the result of over two year's worth of effort on the part of MD. There were numerous phone calls to record companies and management offices, where the answer was always the…

by Robyn Flans
Oct 4, 2017

Show & Studio — Chris Parker: A Day In The Life of a Studio Drummer

Ever wonder what an average day is like in the life of a studio drummer? TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years of Archives (500+ Issues)…

by Cheech Iero
Sep 21, 2017

In Memoriam: Sonny Greer

Drive uptown on Broadway in Manhattan on a Monday night.

by Cheech Iero
Sep 21, 2017

Bobby Colomby: Past And Present

Many drummers have cited Bobby Colomby us one of the driving forces behind a new sound during the '60s. TO READ THE FULL STORY: LOG IN Digital Access $4.99 /month or $49.99 /year SAVE 15% Digital Monthly Magazine 47 Years…

by Robyn Flans
Sep 15, 2017