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Drummers Who Really Play Blues Styles????

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2012 12:23 pm
by JakeFirebirdV
My luck with finding REAL BLUES drummers has been non-existent. The old guys my age, don't wanna gig and the new guys I'm sorry to say, are not interested in learning the millions of 'shuffles' and 'fatback' grooves that are the ABSOLUTE FOUNDATION of any BLUES band.

I've asked many a private drum teacher and drum shop employees over the past few years - "where are these guys??" Their answer was the last half of my 2nd sentence. Where does this belief in most R&R drummers come from that BLUES is SO EASY? I will tell you from 40+ years experience that a drummer who becomes a convert to BLUES is marginal at the best - unless, absolute immersion in the art form takes him over. BLUES is a GENRE, a Discipline, a Lifetime ... it IS the only real indigenously AMERICAN art form we have (with Jazz in the same test tube).

We are and have been facing a real nightmare here. I am able to give 'work' to an up & comer or anybody who'll shuffle & fatback their way through 3 hours a night but I can't find 'em! The new guys who can con their way into an audition usually come to 2 - 3 rehearsals and then quit usually muttering something about "f---ng shuffles".

This forces me to get a 'hired gun' which ultimately blows my show. Yes, the gig gets done but the songs are never done properly as the 'hired gun' can only do the basic grooves. This leaves you no better off than an assembled open mic sounding band.

The damage is that the club owners hear this - you are nothing special - all your marketing, hype and pavement pounding about what a great band you are IS ALL FOR NOTHING!
Shuffles are anything but boring. They DRIVE the BLUES. Kick drum shuffles make the hairs on your Momma's back stand up.
Sure wish I could find a real BLUES drummer... it's lonely being a solo acoustic act.

Re: Drummers Who Really Play Blues Styles????

PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:22 pm
by goldbrick
Don;t know where you at but I be a blues drummer in Miami
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITlxAGyEqXU

Re: Drummers Who Really Play Blues Styles????

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 5:05 pm
by JakeFirebirdV
goldbrick wrote:Don;t know where you at but I be a blues drummer in Miami
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITlxAGyEqXU


Hey ... I must be gettin' as sleepy as this forum :lol:

That's an interesting vid on your link. I'm in New Port Richey ... just north of Clearwater. I'm unemployed and have a few bassist options in this area. Your distance of 4 hours from me ain't nothin' ... if the performance and showmanship matched the requirements, I'd drive to you for 8 hour day rehearsals to get a band together. If all participants' homework was done, 4 - 5 get togethers would do it. A promo package would then be hatched and the entire State of Florida would be ours as a road show.

If this sounds interesting, lets' swap an mp3 demo or two and get on the telephone.
Are you able to 'PM' me on this site???

Ladies and gentlemen ... I approve this message ... JW

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Re: Drummers Who Really Play Blues Styles????

PostPosted: Sun Sep 30, 2012 8:11 pm
by goldbrick
Hey Jake ,
Sent a pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cq1Y4R-EEf4

Here is a 4 track job - My drums and vocals

Re: Drummers Who Really Play Blues Styles????

PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 3:25 pm
by Honeyboy
Jake I'm in total agreement. Maybe it's where we live. I'm in Safety Harbor and I can't find a great drummer either.

Maybe we need to move. :cry: