Get Set…

Hittin’ the road again next week and I’m super pumped for this next run. Having had some time-off to be at home, relax, practice and be with my gal has definitely done my soul much good, preparing me for the work ahead.

In the rain, up in Arcata, CA 2012...courtesy of Neal Casal.

In the rain, up in Arcata, CA 2012…courtesy of Neal Casal.

New CRB shows posted, here…

CRB Tour Dates

The CRB, clockwise from left: Adam MacDougall, yours truly, CR, Muddy & Neal Casal...courtesy of Matt Mendenhall.

The CRB, clockwise from left: Adam MacDougall, yours truly, CR, Muddy & Neal Casal…courtesy of Matt Mendenhall.

Stoked & ready.

The Shed

Two more weeks to go before hitting the road again with the CRB and today I got myself back into the woodshed…a brand new one and it was so nice! I feel grateful to have a space where I can work, totally undisturbed. YAY!

Practice!

Practice!

And be careful what you wish for folks…cause when I got back to the house this afternoon, a big giant box was waiting for me at the front door… Oh. My. Gosh.

Vintage 6.5 x 14, Tama Rosewood snare drum

Vintage 6.5 x 14, Tama Rosewood snare drum

Wow. I’ve wanted one of these for a long time and can’t wait to get this bad boy into my studio tomorrow to see and hear. Will you look at that grain?!

Way Over Yonder (in Santa Monica)

Listen up, LA…the CRB is back from a fantastic summer tour and will be playing in this wonderful city, once again this coming weekend, so grab the kids and get on down to the pier in Santa Monica!

http://lineup.wayoveryonder.net

The CRB, Lake Tahoe, 2012...courtesy of Matt Mendenhall.

The CRB, Lake Tahoe, 2012…courtesy of Matt Mendenhall.

Saturday, September 27th @ 5:25 PM on the main stage.

Cleveland, Tonight!

So psyched to be rockin’ once again in Cleveland, Ohio. The CRB will hit the historic¬†Beachland Ballroom stage tonight at 8PM, so c’mon if you’re comin’!

Myself, Muddy, CR, MacDougall & Casal...AKA, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, outside our rehearsal space in Los Angeles...courtesy of Matt Mendenhall, 2014.

Myself, Muddy, CR, MacDougall & Casal…AKA, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, outside our rehearsal space in Los Angeles…courtesy of Matt Mendenhall, 2014.

Solid.

 

Agop’s Is Tops!

I love my cymbal company!

Agop Blog

15" Istanbul Agop Traditional "Light" hi hats... best pies on the planet!

15″ Istanbul Agop Traditional “Light” hi hats… best pies on the planet!

Hot Damn!

Vacation is over and it’s time to boogie!

In Big Sur with CR & his daughter, Cheyenne, May 2014...courtesy of Neal Casal.

In Big Sur with CR & his daughter, Cheyenne, May 2014…courtesy of Neal Casal.

The CRB psychedelic train is hitting’ the road this weekend…first stop, Indy for Warm Fest.

Y’all come see us!

xoxo

A Word On A Hero, Now Departed

In most everyone’s life, there are certain people who are influential in our understanding of things…parents, friends, teachers, brothers & sisters. Folks we often look up to, speak highly of and remember for our entire lives for the effect they had on our growth. Personally, I can name quite a few who’ve left a lasting impression on me. Dad, Mom, Jim & Barbara Hardin, their son Joseph (my closest friend), Lulah Hedgeman (my high school music teacher)…many more and of course, there are tons of artists & musicians.

Then there are also people who completely changed your life forever and helped you find direction when you needed it most. Today, I learned of the passing of one such individual and it’s hit me to the core.

His given name was Leo Morris but most folks knew him as Idris Muhammad, his name after he converted to Islam, and he was one of the greatest jazz & funky soul drummers who ever graced our planet. His sound was immediately recognizable. A tight, definite and purposeful swinging groove that made you want to get up and throw down a funky boogaloo two-step the minute you heard it.

I first became aware of him when an old acquaintance told me I needed to listen to Lou Donaldson if I wanted to know what boogaloo sounded like. So, I went out and bought Alligator Bogaloo on Blue Note, which features Lou on alto sax, George Benson on guitar, Melvin Lastie on trumpet, Lonnie Smith on Hammond organ and a drummer named Leo Morris.

This recording completely changed my life, forever.

A hair over 35 mins in length, containing only six tracks, the album feels like it’s over before it even starts but I can tell y’all that the second I heard his badass confident drumming, all the questions I had in my mind up to that moment (who was I, where was my sound, how could I incorporate everything I’ve learned into one thing) all were answered and I knew what I wanted to do.

Right away, I put a group together and began my journey playing this style of music, which lead me to the doorstep of many musicians whom I now call friends. Robert Walter, Cochemea Gastelum, Chris Stillwell, Dan Prothero, Mike Andrews, Charlie Hunter, Joe Restivo, Al Gamble, Fred Wesley, Melvin Sparks…

…this list goes on.

It was almost exactly twenty years ago that I first heard that recording and I’ve been studying him ever since. Today I mourn his passing but rejoice in all I’ve learned and am still learning from this great man.

Swing on, brother Idris. Swing on!

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Idris Muhammad November 13, 1939 – July 29, 2014