Monthly Archives: December 2016

Smokey Dacus: When I Started Playing Professionally

SKF NOTE: This is the first audio excerpt of my phone interview with William “Smokey” Dacus over 35 years ago. Smokey Dacus was the first drummer to play in a country band. Legendary bandleader Bob Wills had the idea, in … Continue reading

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Bill Maxwell: I Used To Think Record Companies Were Crooks (1982)

SKF NOTE: Drummer/producer Bill Maxwell stopped by Modern Drummer on August 17, 1982 for a feature interview, published in August 1983. Andrae Crouch, The Winans, Freddie Hubbard, Koinonia — Bill Maxwell’s work as drummer and producer is among the best. I … Continue reading

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Steve Gadd Meets Gene Krupa: ‘He Was Great’

SKF NOTE: Thank you, John Shand, for this story about Gene Krupa meeting Steve Gadd. I did not know those two great musicians had met. I remember someone noticing how often great drummers who came of age after Krupa were … Continue reading

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Dave Weckl: ‘Up And Coming’ Profile 1984

SKF NOTE: When posting the complete transcript of my 1983 interview with Dave Weckl for Modern Drummer, I mentioned MD had published a much shorter version of the interview in April 1984 as an Up and Coming profile of Dave Weckl, which I … Continue reading

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The Drum Thing: Photojournalist Portrays Drummers as Human Beings

SKF NOTE: So far, so good. That’s my first impression of Deirdre O’Callaghan’s newly published book of her photos and “personal conversations” with 100 drummers, The Drum Thing. In my February 2016 Life Beyond the Cymbals post, What Makes a … Continue reading

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