Happy Island Times

My friends can’t believe it when I tell them I’m headed to the French West Indies next month for a two-week stay…well…a gig, really but I think it’s probably gonna be hard to call it work when I’m playing music with a great band and living on a tropical island in the middle of the Caribbean, right? Right. So, yeah, I can’t believe it myself but there it is and in a few short weeks, I’ll board a plane headed for beautiful St. Bart’s, where I’ll be backing up a badass youngster whom I’ve known for a little while now, Jonah Smith.

He can sing. He can write and he can damn sure play. Dig it,

Should any of you fine folks happen to be in the neighborhood while we’re there, come to the Baz Bar and say hi! Meanwhile, I’ve got sunshine on my mind…

Saint Barthélemy

Saint Barthélemy…courtesy of St. Barths Online

Later.

A Conquering Young’n

I am really psyched to be kickin’ it, once again with my good friend and super badass cat, Trevor Menear and it’s my plan to get in as many chances as possible before he gets scooped up and leaves our little trio. He has a brand new EP that me and a few other drummers played on that’s just been released on bandcamp and it’s quite good. Check it out and you can find me on trks #1 & #5…

Trevor Menear — The Conqueror Root

Here’s one from gig we did a while back…

Thanks for listening and much love, y’all!

2015?

If you had told me back in 1986 that I was not only about to graduate from high school and become a professional drummer but would also continue on to the present day touring the world doing just that, it would have taken some convincing. And yet, here we are…twenty-nine years later. Ha!

Watkins Overton High School, Memphis, TN. Hasn't changed much since 1986.

Watkins Overton High School, Memphis, TN. Hasn’t changed much since 1986.

Happy new year, everybody. We made it to another year and I am extremely grateful to be here.

The CRB -- it's 3AM and the last note of the last song on Jan. 1st, 2015 -- Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO...courtesy of Stuart Levine Photography

The CRB — it’s 3AM and the last note of the last song on Jan. 1st, 2015 — Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO…courtesy of Stuart Levine Photography

It’s going to be a busy year!

Xoxo

Set-Break

The holidays. Time-0ff. Yes! I’m going to sleep.

at rest...

at rest…

San Fran, Is Too Cool

Four nights at the Great American Music Hall in SF this past weekend…what a great time we had. The crowds for the CRB were not only cool but very respectful of us. Not a single person got rude with their cell phone nor did anyone have to be thrown outta there for bad behavior, and over the course of that many shows, it’s worth it to make note of that. The music, the energy, people dancing, the gorgeous venue & sound was just wonderful and we soaked it all up. I am quite literally exhausted.

So, here’s to all the beautiful folks who came to see us…thank you!

All that remains...courtesy of Neal Casal.

All that remains…courtesy of Neal Casal.

Off to San Diego for a two-night run at the Belly-Up Tavern.

I Love My Cymbal Company

Istanbul Agop Blog

*Photo courtesy of Neal Casal

MDS & Me

Many moon ago, I worked a side job shooting product demos for the world famous Memphis Drum Shop, which lasted about two years. What started out light and simple, soon grew into quite a big deal and we filmed hundreds of these things. I have received many emails from folks around the world who’ve discovered me through these videos and that still blows my mind. I am honored to have been a part of their family and hold those guys in the highest regard. Here’s a good one from back then and I was about 20 lbs. heavier…

Should you feel like perusing, I believe the bulk of them can be found here…

https://www.youtube.com/user/memphisdrumshop/search?query=george+sluppick

Many thanks to my good friends Jim Pettit & Bill Frazier of MDS. Y’all rock!