"My preferred drumming styles include Rock, Funk, Blues, and Country, along with some fusion and jazz (has to have groove and feel). I enjoy playing anything that truly grooves, in combination with other great soulful players and singers. I’m deep in my element when playing with other professional musicians that seriously have that feel and dynamics. Collaborating with these likeminded musicians is what I truly love, because that’s when we become that single, merging force that can really “move” the listener."
I started out, in Iowa, banging on pots and pans at about the age of 4 and got my first drum set at age 7 (Apollo brand; red sparkle). I began playing professionally, in front of audiences, at the age of 10 for about $10 and some food! From that point, throughout my teenage years, I continued to hone my skills, playing in various garage bands.
In my earlier drumming years, I was drawn to artists such as The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, Stones, and Animals. Not long after that, I found my attention focusing on Grand Funk, Zeppelin, The Who, Chicago, BS&T and other similar artists.
For serious drum inspiration, I turned to Billy Cobham “Spectrum” and the great fusion and funk drummers like Alphonse Mouzon, Eric Gravatt, Bernard Purdie, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, Lenny White…..all the greats.
When I turned 18, I played over-the-road in places like Chicago, Detroit, and other various mid-west cities. I eventually moved to Austin, TX and was fortunate enough to hear and meet great musicians. I was involved with various studio work there as well.
A few years later, I was on my way to Nashville, TN. Nashville is what really opened up some great musical horizons. I was able to meet and jam with some of the top gospel, country and studio players in the business including Phil Keaggy, Michael W. Smith, Reggie Wooten (Victor Wooten’s brother), Terry McMillan (harmonica) and Bob Babbitt (Motown bassist). This is also where I became good friends with Tim McGraw’s drummer, Billy Mason.
As of late, I’ve been recording and gigging with Shrapnel/Blues Bureau International artist Craig Erickson. I’ve been busy working on projects with Craig as well as other artists for Rivertown Recording Studio. Recently, I also did some recording on a CD for an upcoming contemporary gospel artist named Tara Lumbard.
I’m very excited for what the near future holds, so stay tuned for all of the upcoming details and updates as they develop!
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Just to give you a short update, I’ve been busy gigging, recording and working on projects with Shrapnel/Blues Bureau International artist, Craig Erickson and other Rivertown Recording artists. Stay tuned for upcoming news and announcements. We’re looking forward to what 2012 has in store for Craig Erickson & The Roadhouse Rockers.
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