Groove Analysis: Stephanie Eulinberg

Groove Analysis: Stephanie Eulinberg

Stephanie Eulinberg has been the powerhouse drummer behind Kid Rock for 17 years. She's the master of playing fat beats that stick in your head, most likely a result of her years spent playing in cover bands before landing the Kid Rock gig. Let's take a look back at some of her biggest beats with this band.

"Bawitdaba"

Admit it — you used to love this song. It helped launch rap rock and many bands formed to follow its lead. The song starts with somewhat ominous half-notes on the bass drum to set up Eulinberg's memorable fill.

This ghost-note ridden riff repeats and becomes a hook in the song. Eulinberg pounds her drums like she's mad at them, playing a ferocious funk groove with cymbal crashes on 2 and 4. At the verse, she plays one-handed sixteenth-notes, heavily accented to sound more like eighths. It's funky and this groove has been very popular since this song was released.

"Cowboy"

Like many Kid Rock songs this drum track begins with a Roland 808 electronic drum kit. Later, at the first chorus, the drum kit sounds more acoustic and the drum part becomes a straightforward funky pop groove. Simple, but effective.

"All Summer Long"

This song is a mash-up of Kid Rock rapping over Lynyrd Skynryd's classic "Sweet Home Alabama" with samples of Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London" thrown in for good measure. Rather than copying Bob Burns' drum part from the original Skynyrd recording, Eulinberg supplies her own take on the track. The song opens with a cowbell and snare fill similar to the fill Dave Grohl played to open Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Another repeating fill is used as a hook that sounds like something a DJ might create. It varies slightly through the song with Eulinberg playing 1 e ah 2 & ah (3) e & on her bass drum with a snare and crash on 4. Occasionally, the fill also has a snare on beat 2.