Ramblin’ Men: Southern Rock Drumming
“Heard It In A Love Song”
Band: Marshall Tucker Band
Drummer: Paul Riddle
Marshall Tucker Band had a more acoustic country pop sound than many of their contemporaries, largely due to the melodic flute work of Jerry Eubanks. For their hit “Heard It In A Love Song,” drummer Paul Riddle pedals his hi-hat on 2 and 4 while his bass drum plays 1, &3, (4)&, which is a traditional samba foot pattern. On top of this he plays a standard eighth-note hi-hat with the snare on the backbeats. The hi-hat openings that result from this foot pattern provide an unusual twist to a common beat.
“Flirtin’ With Disaster”
Band: Molly Hatchet
Drummer: Bruce Crump
Though named after an axe-wielding homicidal prostitute, Molly Hatchet’s hard rockin’ boogie has a permanent place in our hearts and minds. Drummer Bruce Crump created a busy drum part for “Flirtin’ With Disaster” that isn’t easy to cover, including a cool two-handed hi-hat groove with quick hi-hat barks that set up the driving feel of the intro. While this 12/8 song is riddled with kicks, don’t let the triplet feel intimidate you. All of the fills and kicks can be started with your right hand, which makes it easier to navigate this tricky song.