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August 2021:
Roger Hawkins October 16, 1945 – May 20, 2021

Roger Hawkins—one of music history’s most recorded drummers—died peacefully at his home in Sheffield, Alabama, after a few years of declining health. He was 75 years old. Hawkins has been called an architect of the Muscle Shoals sound. He was a member of the house band at producer Rick Hall’s …


December 1986:
James Stroud
James Stroud

Viewing the whole The day I met James Stroud in Nashville, he got a new set of drums. To say that he was excited would be an  understatement. He felt compelled to thank as many people as possible who had something to do with making those drums—not just the executives …


November 1982:
Up And Coming – Owen Hale

From time to time, readers ask us to spotlight qualified drummers who aren’t in the public eye as much as some others. Several months ago, I was on the phone with Roger Hawkins. In the course of our conversation, Roger mentioned Owen Hale as a new studio drummer in Muscle …


June 2017:
Reasons to Love: Roger Hawkins

Hawkins is simply one of the greatest studio drummers of all time. His spot-on time, deep Southern-infused pocket, and uncluttered parts have fueled a long list of landmark soul and R&B classics with artists including Aretha Franklin, Etta James, and Wilson Pickett. His massive album discography features legends of rock, …



Posted: May 21, 2021

Roger Hawkins
Category: News
Roger Hawkins 1945 – 2021

Modern Drummer is very sad to hear about the passing of legendary Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins. Roger bravely battled with health issues over the past few years, and our condolences go out to his wife Brenda, their family, friends, and admirers of his music. Roger is one of the most …


Posted: April 26, 2017

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Featured, Uncategorized, Web Exclusive
Roger Hawkins: The Pulse of Muscle Shoals

Roger Hawkins stands as one of the great studio drummers of all time. As a member of the famed Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, Hawkins was the driving engine behind scores of soul/R&B classics. His unshakable time, southern-infused deep pocket, and commanding, song-serving drum parts placed him in high demand with …


Posted: September 29, 2016

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, On the Beat
On Tour: Tony Leone With the Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Longtime New York City drummer Tony Leone is currently on the road with the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.


Posted: April 20, 2015

Category: Drummers, On the Beat
Drummer Blog: Drummer Reflections from Rick Hall of Muscle Shoals/Fame Studios

When Jerry Carrigan played drums on “You Better Move On,??? I close-miked the kick drum and suggested the bass play along with the kick drum, and that was the birth of the Muscle Shoals sound.


Posted: December 8, 2011

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Tom Roady: Down Home Percussionist

An interview with the late, great Nashville percussionist, which originally appeared in the May 1996 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.


Posted: August 3, 2011

Category: News, News and Events
Web Update News 8/11

Find out what your favorite drummer is up to now (Web Update News 7/21/11).


Posted: September 29, 2010

Category: Drummers, The Greats
Jim Capaldi: Traffic’s Reluctant Drum Wonder

Jim Capaldi, best known as drummer, singer, and lyricist with the British band Traffic, was one of the most identifiable and multi-talented musicians to come of age at the tail end of the British Invasion of the mid-’60s. Hooking up with ex–Spencer Davis Group vocalist Steve Winwood, guitarist Dave Mason, …


Posted: August 25, 2010

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Steve Jordan: Web Exclusive

If you ask Steve Jordan who his favorite drummer is, be prepared to get hit with a never-ending list of influences, ranging from the obvious—like jazz greats Kenny Clarke and Philly Joe Jones and funk innovators David Garibaldi and Stephen Ferrone—to the more obscure, like Motown/disco session drummer Andrew Smith, …


Posted: October 19, 2005

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories
Mickey Curry

Not many people get to do exactly what they love and get paid for it – much less with two of the biggest artists in the world. Mickey Curry toured and recorded with Hall & Oates at the peak of their career, laying down a solid backbeat with perfect feel …


Posted: May 12, 2004

Category: Drummers, Feature Stories, Update
Cody Dickinson: Defining An Artist

His father is producer Jim Dickinson [Stones, Aretha, Replacements], so what did you expect? Young Cody, drummer for The North Mississippi Allstars, hasn’t abandoned his dad’s tradition of reverently rendering American folkloric styles.



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