Nashville Archives - Modern Drummer Magazine


Modern Drummer is the world’s most widely read drum magazine, is dedicated entirely to the art of drumming and caters to the needs of amateur, semi-pro, and professional drummers.

Chuck Tilley of Sixwire

Talking about House Bands, Artists, and Preparation Hello MD! I’m a great example of “be careful what you wish for.” After spending the last seven years drumming for the iconic country band Alabama and playing more than three hundred and…

Modern Drummer
Mar 26, 2019

On the Beat With Adam Box of Brothers Osborne: Your Day Belongs to You

Hello to my fellow drummers, road dogs, garage bangers, beat makers, and the like. I am often asked for advice on staying busy or scoring a decent gig. However, as everybody knows, there are no formulas or degrees that will…

Modern Drummer
Feb 12, 2016

News: Sabian Education Network Hosts Events in Nashville and San Antonio

Continuing in its mission to assist drum teachers, the Sabian Education Network recently held events in Nashville, TN, and San Antonio, TX. Each event was led by SEN director Joe Bergamini and included a panel of education experts who shared…

Modern Drummer
Nov 25, 2015

World’s Fastest Drummer Contest Heats Up Summer NAMM Show

WFD-World’s Fastest Drummer, Extreme Sport Drumming events held its fifteenth annual competition at the past Summer NAMM Show in Nashville, Tennessee. The WFD competition consists of two categories: Battle of the Hands™ and Battle of the Feet™. The preliminary heats…

Modern Drummer
Jul 30, 2014

World's Fastest Drummer Contest Returns To Summer NAMM

The World's Fastest Drummer contest is returning to the Summer NAMM Show, which is being held this July 17th thru 19th, at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. The contest, which consists of two categories: Fastest Hands and Fastest…

Modern Drummer
Jul 2, 2014

Johnny Richardson with Trace Adkins

Hello fellow drummers, music lovers, and MD readers! My name is Johnny Richardson and I live in Nashville, Tennessee and am beginning my third year as superstar country artist Trace Adkins’ drummer. My start to the job with Trace was…

Modern Drummer
Mar 6, 2014

Jason Schmidt of Brian Davis

Hello again, Modern Drummer readers! In my first blog, I introduced myself to you. If you didn’t get a chance to read it, please check it out here. In this blog, I’d like to talk about something I feel that…

Modern Drummer
Jan 17, 2014

Ryan Ricks of the Little River Band

Hello! My name is Ryan Ricks, and I play drums and sing for the Little River Band. The road I took to get here was definitely curvy. Out of college, I toured with Lacy J. Dalton, and after that I…

Modern Drummer
Nov 18, 2013

Sam Gidley of the Lonely Biscuits

Hey! My name is Sam Gidley, and I am the drummer for the Nashville-based band the Lonely Biscuits. I am twenty-one years old, originally from Omaha, Nebraska, and am now living in Nashville. I’ve been a constant foot tapper since…

Modern Drummer
Nov 11, 2013

Nashville Studio Great Tommy Wells Passes

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Nashville studio great Tommy Wells this week. In honor of Tommy, we’re presenting a portion of his first Modern Drummer feature, from August 1990.   “As a session player you take…

Modern Drummer
Sep 27, 2013

World’s Fastest Drummer Competition Heats Up Nashville

Tom Grosset of Toronto became the second person in history to break 1,200 single strokes (hits) in sixty seconds, at this year’s WFD World’s Fastest Drummer Extreme Sport drumming event held during the Summer NAMM Show in Nashville this past…

Modern Drummer
Aug 12, 2013

Jamie Follese of Hot Chelle Rae

Hello MD and everyone who enjoys drums as much as I do! My name is Jamie Follese, and I play for a pop band called Hot Chelle Rae. We have been on tour for the last year and a half…

Modern Drummer
Feb 19, 2013

Matt Hearn of Turbo Fruits

Hey, MD readers! I’m Matt Hearn, drummer for Turbo Fruits, based in Nashville, Tennessee. We recently finished a sixty-five-day tour with Deer Tick and are gearing up for the release of our next record, Butter, due September 11 on Kings…

Modern Drummer
Jul 26, 2012

Musicians Come To "The Sessions" July 14 At Summer NAMM 2012

(Pictured above, top to bottom, left to right) The music panel experts for The Sessions at Summer NAMM 2012 includes:  Eddie Bayers, Jr. (session drummer), Harry McCarthy (drum tech, owner Drum Paradise), Dom Famularo (The drumming world's global ambassador), Joe Hibbs…

Modern Drummer
Jul 9, 2012