Tag Archives: Blues

The Beat Changes the Entire Style

SKF: Researching for my History of Rock Drumming series, Robert Palmer’s book, Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta, was quite helpful. This morning, leafing through a few pages from Deep Blues I had photocopied in … Continue reading

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Fred Below: You’ve Got to Know What Each Sound Is

SKF NOTE: From my July 9, 1982 phone interview with pioneering drummer Fred Below. In this excerpt, Fred Below gives us his thoughts on the characteristics of great drummers, starting with knowing how to play with dynamics.

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A Tribute to Drummer Phillip Wilson

SKF NOTE: Blues drumming developed into a fine art in the late ’40s, into the ’50s with the electric blues musicians playing and recording in Chicago, i.e. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, Chuck Berry, and Howlin’ Wolf. The … Continue reading

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Fred Below: The Drum is a Beautiful Instrument if Played Correctly

SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my interview with drummer Fred Below, arguably the father of Chicago electric blues drumming. Mr. Below recorded with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, The Aces, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, and other pivotal blues … Continue reading

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Fred Below Describes the Roy C. Knapp School of Percussion

SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my 1983 interview for Modern Drummer with Fred Below. I was at the MD office taping the interview during a phone conversation with a suction cup mic and an audio cassette recorder. Fred … Continue reading

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Fred Below: Becoming a Professional Drummer

SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my interview with drummer Fred Below, arguably the father of Chicago electric blues drumming. Mr. Below recorded with Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, the Aces, Little Walter, Chuck Berry, and other pivotal blues … Continue reading

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