Ramblin’ Men: Southern Rock Drumming
“The South’s Gonna Do It”
Band: Charlie Daniels Band
Drummer: Gary Allen
The Charlie Daniels Band is about as country as a southern rock band can get without completely crossing the genre line. This ditty has a swing feel and an old time honky-tonk vibe, and became a hit in 1975. As CDB’s Gary Allen and every big band drummer knows, the trick to playing swing tunes is to nail the kicks as simply and effectively as possible. The intro and outro of this song have a series of kicks that require accuracy, and Allen nails every one of them — very musical, yet very simple.
Band: Lynryd Skynryd
Drummer: Bob Burns
Lynryd Skynryd’s “Free Bird” was written as a tribute to the late Duane Allman and is one of the most requested songs of all time. Its slow build and great guitar work is certainly capable of holding our attention for its nine-minute-plus duration. Drummer Bob Burns plays dramatic tom fills during the funereal organ intro before laying down a funky half-time ballad groove. Later, the song switches to a double time feel featuring stellar guitar work supplied by Gary Rossington and Allen Collins, and the rest is history.