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Old 02-01-2009, 07:08 AM
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Default Best blues drummers

I've seen several 'favorite/best drummers' threads here for rock and jazz but not for blues. So...let's hear about your favorite blues drummers. Who do you think of when you lay down a shuffle?
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Blues drummer..? I'm stumped.......
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Old 02-01-2009, 12:02 PM
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Steve Jordan can lay down some NASTY nasty Blues, (just one of the styles I believe he excels in). Check out John Mayer's Where the Light Is, for some very tasty playing.
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I second Steve Jordan, some other awsome blues drummers Charlie Watts, Levon Helm, and Mitch Mitchell.
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Ian Paice and Carmine Appice + The Thunder legend John Bonham.
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Bernard Purdie. He gave it to the world.
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:02 PM
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Steve Jordan gets my vote too. Check out the stuff he did with the Blues Brothers.
But for my favorite, I"m going old-school and say Fred Below. The I could listen to the stuff he did with Little Walter all day long. Great feel!
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:13 PM
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John the Bonham, Ian Paice, Carmine Appice, and Pretty Purdie
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S P Leary

Listen to him backing Howlin Wolf

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Old 02-01-2009, 11:20 PM
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S P Leary

Listen to him backing Howlin Wolf

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Good call!! Solid playing...
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:27 PM
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One of the best is Chris Layton. Best known for drumming with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.. He has recently been playing with Pinetop Perkins.
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:38 PM
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One of the best is Chris Layton. Best known for drumming with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.. He has recently been playing with Pinetop Perkins.

That would be awesome. How long has he been playing with Pinetop? Did you get to see him?
I saw Pinetop about a year ago with Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith. I got to hang out and talk with him for a bit. Very classy guy. Pinetop too; he signed autographs for a very long time. Willie's son was supposed to be on drums but was sick at the time I think. The drummer on this date was Bob something. If anyone knows who that may have been, that would be great to know.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:02 AM
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That would be awesome. How long has he been playing with Pinetop? Did you get to see him?
Perkins was on a recent Austin City Limits show on PBS and Chris Layton was drumming. Whether he was just filling in for someone else, I'm not sure.
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Old 02-02-2009, 12:03 AM
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As a native born Chicago guy I have to give my vote to Sam Lay. Probably best known for what is referred to as the "double shuffle". He first came to prominence as the drummer for Little Walter and later Howlin' Wolf along with Paul Butterfield and Siegel-Schwall Blues Band among others. Of note is that he was the drummer when Bob Dylan "went electric" at the infamous Newport Folk Festival.

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Hmm blues drummers....Guitarists, and harmonica players get the lions share of the attention in Blues....That's a tough question, hard to pick. Sam Lay would probably get my vote for the traditional genre. Duke Robillards drummer Mark Teixeira, gets my pick for the best contemporary blues drummer.
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:54 PM
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I'm still confused...... 12 bar Delta blues, jazz blues,electric blues, Southern blues, slide guitar blues, blues rock... All the drummers I know play some form of the blues... so when y'all say blues drummers, what does that mean?

When we say blues are we talking about Samuel Johnson, Django Reinhart, Johnny Winter, SRV, Miles Davis, Allman Bros, Eric Clapton, Eric Gale....?

Pardon my ignorance.
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Being a predominantly blues oriented drummer, I find these guys to be continued inspirations for pure feel & groove:

Sam Lay (Chicago Legend)
Sonny Freeman (Check out his "Flat Tyre" shuffle!)
Fred Below (Chess Records ace)
Al Jackson Jr (check out Born Under a Bad Sign, Albert King)
Jabo Starks ('2 Steps From the Blues' by Bobby Blue Bland is a killer album)

Steve Jordan springs to mind as a more contemporary player who really gets where it all comes from - his shuffles & sense of groove really are amazing. Same can be said for Charlie Watts & Levon Helm. Jim Keltner too goes without say - check out BB's new album..

I always go back to Earl Palmer too. Not necessarily known as a blues drummer per se, but where the backbeat started in earnest! Check out the BB King Album tribute to the music of Louis Jordan - Earl really lays it down mostly with brushes!
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Duke Robillard's drummer Mark Teixeira, gets my pick for the best contemporary blues drummer.
I know Mark quite well, he's a really nice kid and one HELL of a drummer!!
Other Rhode Island drummers of note that play the blues are Westerly Rhode Island native Fran Christina who is with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and also Rhode Island's own Neil Gouvin who is with Sugar Ray and the Blue Tones. Ronnie Earl's drummer Per Hanson lays down an achin' blues shuffle, he hails from Maine.
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Old 02-04-2009, 02:24 PM
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This guy...

http://www.centerstagechicago.com/mu...o/SPLeary.html

SP Leary, played with all the greats & had the laziest feel I've ever heard.
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I know Mark quite well, he's a really nice kid and one HELL of a drummer!!
Other Rhode Island drummers of note that play the blues are Westerly Rhode Island native Fran Christina who is with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and also Rhode Island's own Neil Gouvin who is with Sugar Ray and the Blue Tones. Ronnie Earl's drummer Per Hanson lays down an achin' blues shuffle, he hails from Maine.
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I second that... Mark is a great drummer! Another one of my favorites. I had the pleasure of hanging out with him after one of Duke's show in Seattle a year or so ago. A very classy guy. I suggest you all check out his solo record too. It's called Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. You can also hear him on Duke Robillard's recent records as well as a new one from Monster Mike Welch called Just Like It Is. Enjoy!!
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This guy...

http://www.centerstagechicago.com/mu...o/SPLeary.html

SP Leary, played with all the greats & had the laziest feel I've ever heard.
I couldn't agree more. Check out the link I put on post #11. SP with sumlin on guitar, backing Howlin Wolf. Classic Chicago blues.
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I second that... Mark is a great drummer! Another one of my favorites. I had the pleasure of hanging out with him after one of Duke's show in Seattle a year or so ago. A very classy guy. I suggest you all check out his solo record too. It's called Saturday Night & Sunday Morning. You can also hear him on Duke Robillard's recent records as well as a new one from Monster Mike Welch called Just Like It Is. Enjoy!!
Yeah he sure is and you'll find Mark to be one of the most personable people you'll meet in the music business!!

Mark gave me his CD not too long ago and I listen in the car 'cause I like to turn it up LOUD. He's got some special grooves there. I remember many years ago doing sound for a band of his and at the time he was playing a monster kit of Green Vistalites. He's just a natural, that's not to say he doesn't work hard, but you can tell he has that "intangible something" that great players have.
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I couldn't agree more. Check out the link I put on post #11. SP with sumlin on guitar, backing Howlin Wolf. Classic Chicago blues.

Sorry man, must've completely missed your post when I was scrolling down.

When I think of Blues Drumming I think of an Otis Spann LP I've got called 'The Biggest Thing Since Collossus', SP Leary's playing on it is out of this world!
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oh yeh man ... SP Leary ... how could I have missed him from my initial list?!

Amazing groove & feel - I love the Muddy Waters & Wolf stuff ...
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Earl Palmer and Fred Below for me.
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There are SO many! Fred Below and Odie Payne come first into my head.

Fred for chops and Odie for longevity and diversity.

All the RI blues drummers mentioned here as well. (Also friends of mine)
Neil Gouvin
Mark Teixeira
Fran Christina
and many more!!!!!!!

Also sleepers like Nick Toscano from Ryan Hartt and the Bluehearts! Marty Richards from Maine.

Seesh, how about Richard Innes????? One of my alltime favorites!!!!!!!!
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Having seen him a few times Fran Christina,mike buck who preceded fran in the t birds was really good too.The fellow who plays for rod piazza and the mighty flyers is terrific too,really smooth,great feel and he changes up his shuffle a bunch of different ways,very subtley,which imo takes a real mastery of that feel.
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Thin Lizzy's Brian Downey is a phenomenal blues drummer. Some of the most famous shuffle grooves in rock history surely!
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Seasick Steve's drummer.
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I can never remember his name, but I think he is one of the most under rated drummers of modern times, he doesn't get as much respect/recognition as he should, in my opinion.
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While not technically a "blues drummer" Jeff Porcaro played one hell of a shuffle. The first bars of the Lido Shuffle are just awesome w/ the ghost notes he plays. Also, Rosanna just bounces along with such a lightness, there really is art in the way Jeff played those notes.

Frank Beard if he hasn't been mentioned already is deserving.
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Josh Dion blows! Great pipes too:
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right on both accounts here. There are tons of great ones. Old ones, new ones.

Piazza always has great drummers. Richard Innes used to play alot with Rod. Steve Mugalian was with Rod too. Stephen Hodges with Mavis Staples and Rick Holmstrom.

ALL of James Harman's drummers...



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The great Per Hanson who played for years with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters is my favorite blues drummer - always SO tasteful!
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This is another genre of drummers that catches my attention. I like Fred Bellow on the drums on Muddy Water's "I'm Ready." Adding to the list of my favorites would also be Charlie Watts and John Bonham.

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Bill Ward's drumming on the two first Black Sabbath albums, dark blues!
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One of my current favorites. Toss Panos

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The great Per Hanson who played for years with Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters is my favorite blues drummer - always SO tasteful!
AND he kicks A$$, he doesn't play wimpy at ALL, I LOVE that!!!
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+1 for Bernard Purdie. In the first song fom the below link they start jamming and as the song takes shape you can see him getting organised and his playing gets cleaner and cleaner.

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