Hal Blaine

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MD Podcast Episode 211: Hal Blaine Classic Tracks, Half-Time Shuffles in Five, Canopus Solid Bronze Snare, and More

In this episode, Mike and Mike take us on a brief tour through famed studio drummer Hal Blaine’s extensive discography. The education segment focuses on some ways to play a half-time shuffle in 5/4, starting with the beat funk/fusion great…

Modern Drummer
Sep 27, 2019

Web Exclusive: Hal Blaine

by Dennis Diken   The July 2017 Modern Drummer is a special theme issue about the birth of classic-rock drumming. In it we examine the work of some of the most famous and influential players of the time, including the…

Modern Drummer
May 31, 2017

PMC Reunites Hal Blaine and Ronnie Spector at NAMM Show

  Hal Blaine performing "Be My Baby" with Ronnie Spector. Photo by Alex Solca, taken at NAMM in Anaheim this past January 21. Hal Blaine, one of most recorded musicians of all-time, famously drummed with Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”…

Modern Drummer
Feb 21, 2017

On the Beat with Ernie Durawa of the Texas Tornados: Talks Projects and Performances

Well, 2017 seems to be approaching fast! There are a lot of great music performances and some tours and recordings to talk about. I am currently going on my fourth year of a residency show at the coolest and best…

Modern Drummer
Oct 27, 2016

Drummer Blog: Billy McCarthy on the Documentary Ferocious Drummers

Hello Modern Drummer readers! My name is Billy McCarthy, and right now the trailer for my documentary film, Ferocious Drummers, is up at www.kickstarter.com. With this film, I am hoping to move drummers to a place they hardly visit on…

Modern Drummer
Apr 29, 2015

VIDEO - Modern Drummer Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp Trailer

  The  first "Modern Drummer powered" Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy Camp, produced by David Fishof, took place this past November 8 through 10 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. Attendees got a rare chance to work directly with a…

Modern Drummer
Jan 21, 2014

Drum Roll Please...

The drummers of Sticks 'n' Skins are now among the honored innovators and artisans on display at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. Thanks to everyone's combined efforts and talents, Sticks 'n' Skins take its proud place on display in…

Modern Drummer
Nov 30, 2011

September Web Update News

Mark Schulman has been touring with Foreigner all summer and is also on the band’s three-disc set Feels Like the First Time, containing two audio CDs and a live concert DVD. For more, visit www.foreigneronline.com. Also check out Mark’s article…

Modern Drummer
Sep 21, 2011

The Greats: Hal Blaine

Musicians love to argue about things like, What drummer played on the most records in history? Some figure it’s got to be R&B great Earl Palmer. Other folks say, What about Steve Gadd; he’s been a first-call studio cat for…

Modern Drummer
Mar 15, 2010

Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp 2009 Interview

The Los Angeles Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp held this past April 29 through May 4 was a huge success. For founder and creator David Fishof, it marked the eleventh camp session overall.

Modern Drummer
Sep 20, 2009

An Interview with Hal Blaine

Wrecking Crew member Hal Blaine, seen here on the April 1981 issue of Modern Drummer magazine.     Paving the way for some of the great studio musicians of our time, like Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, Jeff Porcaro, and John…

Modern Drummer
Jul 19, 2005