Starr Powered Alan Evans

Starr Powered Alan Evans

Alan Evans

It was the sheer size of it that first captivated him.

An inch thick. Nearly two pounds in weight. Exactly 400 pages, each one riddled with notes — hundreds or even thousands of them that have been played by the blistered fingers of three generations’ worth of budding musicians. The chord progressions were fairly simple in this songbook, surely, for a seasoned professional in a jazz organ trio, but reading through it all would take far longer than this guitar shop in Santa Cruz was willing to stay open.

“If you give me more than one rack tom, I honestly don’t know what to do with it ”

While all the remakes on Rubber Soulive maintain a high degree of creativity, Evans’ complete reimagination of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” is the highlight of the record.

Keeping Ringo’s general feel concept intact, Evans shifts accents around to execute his own vision — sort of a hybrid between a standard backbeat and halftime groove, with tasty flourishes of ghosted diddles in between. Notice the emphasis of bass drum, instead of snare, on beat 2.

“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”


Band Soulive
Age 36
Birthplace Buffalo, NY
Influences Curtis Mayfield, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown
Current Release Rubber Soulive


Drums Custom-made Tama StarClassic birch
Cymbals Zildjian (18" hats!)
Sticks Pro-Mark 5A or 5B
Heads Evans Coated G2
Hardware and pedals Tama (Iron Cobra or Speed King) or DW 5000, “Whatever’s laying around.”
Electronics None. “It feels like you’re hitting on something on a different planet.”

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