Which Artist Will Win In The 2011 Drummies?
Who's the best rock drummer? Or Latin percussionist. We'll know soon as DDRUM!'s annual Drummie voting for 2011 is now open. Thousands of drummers will vote for the top players of the past year in more than twenty categories, from Heavy Metal and Hip-Hop drummer to Pop and Worldbeat Percussionist categories. Plus there are categories for the top new instruments and drumming DVDs and web sites. All voters will also automatically be entered in DRUM!'s amazing 20th Anniversary snare drum giveaway, featuring more than $19,000 in custom snare drm prizes. DRUM! and Drummmagazine.com users can vote here.
This year eleven drummers were inducted into the Hall of Fame, after having won five more times in a single category. These included Travis Barker (punk) Neil Peart (drummer of the year), Questlove (hip-hop), Chad Smith (funk) Josh Freese (Studio Drumset), Luis Conte (Studio Percussion) Airto (Jazz Percussion), Govanni Hidalgo (Latin Percussion), Joey Jordison (Metal), Dave Weckl (Jazz/Fusion), and Carter Beauford (Jam Band).
Herman “Roscoe” Ernest III Succumbs To Cancer
Dr. John’s longtime sideman Herman Ernest III died Sunday at the age of 59. The drummer had battled cancer for several years and had been hospitalized a number of times. Despite his fragile condition, Ernest continued to perform with Dr. John whenever his health allowed, including a set at the New Orleans Jazz And Heritage Festival in 2010. The drummer had also worked with such acts as Aaron Neville, Ramsey Lewis, Snooks Eaglin, Irma Thomas, Shemekia Copeland, Guitar Shorty, and Marcia Ball. He appeared on the instructional video New Orleans Drumming alongside other pivotal Crescent City drummers Herlin Riley, Johnny Vidacovich, and Earl Palmer. Ernest performed on almost every Dr. John release over the past two decades and played his final recording session for the upcoming release Nine Lives, a musical based on Dan Baum’s book of the same title.
Berkleemusic.com Debuts New Online Drum Curriculum
Now you can learn to play drums like a pro while still wearing your pajamas. Berkleemusic.com, the online school of Boston's renowned Berklee College Of Music, is debuting four new online drum courses for their upcoming spring term: Drum Set Fundamentals, Rock Drums, Funk/R&B Drums, and Afro-Cuban Drums. Authored by Berklee drum faculty members Yoron Israel, Rod Morgenstein, Mark Walker, and Jim Payne, the courses will include lessons honed from years of professional live performance as well as transcription and analysis of drum parts that have shaped contemporary music.
Mickey Hart & Bill Kreutzmann Discuss Forty Years Of Collaboration In DRUM! Magazine
By Andy Doerschuk Published March 1, 2011.
San Jose, CA — The editors of DRUM! Magazine are a patient bunch. After all, they’ve tried for the past two decades to secure a cover story on Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, the former drummers for The Grateful Dead. But while Hart always seemed game to talk about drums and drumming, and was over the years featured in many DRUM! articles, Kreutzmann proved far more elusive about granting a dual interview.
Until today. The March 2011 issue of DRUM! Magazine has just hit newsstands around the world with the first Hart/Kreutzmann cover story ever published in an international drumming magazine.
“Believe it or not, it’s actually taken more than 20 years to get them to grant a dual interview,” says DRUM!’s founding editor Andy Doerschuk, who currently oversees the company’s Web site and other digital initiatives. “I first tried to set up a cover story with Mickey and Bill way back in 1987, while I was the editor of Drums & Drumming magazine [then published by GPI Publications]. Back then I was working with Dennis McNally [the Dead’s longtime publicist] — Jerry was still alive and the band was active.”
Featuring a mix of current and archival photos shot by San Francisco photographer Jay Blakesburg, the article reveals to readers the camaraderie that long ago developed between these drumming legends, and covers their work together from the earliest days of the Dead to the pair’s recent Rhythm Devils project.
“I was honestly amazed by the level of enthusiasm both drummers still have for the music,” says DRUM! managing editor Dave Constantin, a lifelong Grateful Dead fan, who conducted the interviews at Hart’s Sonoma county ranch. “It was like interviewing two big kids. But it really drove home what a powerful bond these two have formed over the past 40 years.”
Black Label Society Names Yet Another New Drummer
Those hard rockers in Black Label Society have announced yet another switcheroo in the drum department in the following statement released this morning: “Today’s Paris BLS gig is going to look slightly different. Drummer Will Hunt is no longer with Black Label Society, and replacing him is Johnny Kelly, best known for his work with Type O Negative. This move is set for the remainder of the Europe 2011 tour and additional information will be announced soon!”
Something tells me that by the end of year every person who can shake a stick will have played with Black Label Society. I mean, what the heck is going on?