He didn't use the woodblock much. Mainly as an accent, same as he used the other things. He had a cowbell and a mounted tambourine that got little use. All got some use though. It's not like he stayed on the bell or the block or the tambourine for most of the song. His groove was kick snare hats with the occasional (and unneeded for the music he was playing IMO) odd tone. I wanted to hear a ride once in a while and the occasional tom hit would have been warmly welcomed. IMO the music needed a ride and at least 1 tom.With such a scant setup, the inclusion of a woodblock is certainly a curious decision. Did he use it in a way that departed from traditional cross-sticking patterns? If not, maybe he just favors the sound of a woodblock. I've never come across a woodblock I've liked more than the cross-stick sound I can get from a snare hoop, so I've never bothered using a woodblock at all. Plus, a woodblock is just another piece to keep up with, and I'm all about avoiding parts I can forgo.
I had subbed for this guy the week before. I never saw him play. I knew the bandleader for about 18 years. He's a dyed in the wool blues guy. So I decided I wanted to see his drummer.
I was just a little disappointed TBH. The bandleader is a seasoned pro who is good with the crowd, sings well, and plays blues
well too. He deserves a better drummer.