“The Polish Miracle!” — producer, Terry Manning
George Sluppick is an American drummer born in Memphis, Tennessee, specializing in blues, funk, soul and R&B music. In 1986, he graduated from Overton, a prestigious creative & performing arts high school, where he studied music theory, sang 2nd tenor in the concert choir and played drums for their award-winning gospel choir. Growing up in Memphis, he shared the stage with many legends, including BB King and Rufus Thomas and just one year after his high school graduation, he went on the road with blues guitarist, Albert King, which opened many doors allowing him to become a full-time musician. George was 19 years old.
He moved to San Diego, California in 1991 and quickly became a major player in the local music scene, which included a two-year gig drumming with 50’s revivalists, Sha Na Na, touring the U.S. and Japan. During their second Japanese tour, they recorded a live album which he is featured, titled Sha Na Na: Live in Japan, (Sony). In late ’99, he began touring with Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, which lasted for three years and he is featured on Giving up the Ghost, (Magnatude). In 2003, he began drumming with North Florida’s MOFRO with whom he spent nearly five years touring the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia and is featured on three of their albums: Blackwater, Lochloosa and Country Ghetto (Alligator).
Between 2006-2010, he toured and recorded with Memphis soul-jazz trio The City Champs, releasing two studio albums, The Safecracker and The Set-up (Electraphonic). In 2006, he teamed with soul singer Ruthie Foster to record her critically acclaimed CD, The Phenomenal Ruthie Foster, (Blue Corn) produced by Malcolm “Papa Mali” Welbourne. In the spring of 2008 George helped score the film, Gospel Hill alongside Memphis producer, Scott Bomar.
Chris Robinson, lead singer for the Black Crowes was given a vinyl copy of The City Champs, The Set-Up and called George, asking him to come to Los Angeles to play with his new solo project, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood. Leaving Memphis for the second time and making the journey west, he joined the band and toured with the CRB from March of 2011 till January of 2015. During this time, the band recorded three studio albums…Big Moon Ritual, The Magic Door and Phosphorescent Harvest (Silver Arrow), as well as two live albums, Betty’s Blends, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 (Silver Arrow).
George moved back to Memphis in November of 2016 and is currently keeping an active schedule, gigging, recording & teaching.
National and International Touring:
1985 Overton Gospel Choir…Tour of France
1986 Albert King…Tour of the U.S.
1987 The Crime…Tours of the U.S.
1988-’91 Big Fish…Tours of the U.S.
1996 The cat Mary…Tour of the U.S.
1997-’98 Billy Bacon and the Forbidden Pigs…Tours of the U.S.
1998 Smith’s Ranch Boys…Tour of the U.S.
1998-’99 Sha Na Na…Tours of the U.S. and Japan
1999-’02 Robert Walter’s 20th Congress…Tours of the U.S. & Canada
2002 MOFRO…Tour of the U.S.
2002 Melvin Sparks…Tours of the U.S.
2003-’08 MOFRO…Tours of the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia
2007 Greyhounds…Tour of the U.S.
2009 Nathan James Trio…Tour of the U.S.
2010 The City Champs…Tours of the U.S.
2010 Amy LaVere…Tour of the U.S.
2011-’12 Chris Robinson Brotherhood…Tours of the U.S.
2014 Chris Robinson Brotherhood…Tours of the U.S.
2015 Chris Robinson Brotherhood…Tours of the U.S.
2015-’16 The Peach Kings…Tours of the U.S.
2016 Luther Dickinson & the Cooperators…Tour of the U.S.
2016 Billy Watson…Tour of the U.S.
2017 Morgan James…Tours of the U.S., Canada, Europe & the UK
2017 Charlie Hunter Trio…Tours of the U.S.
2018 Jake La Botz…Tour of the U.S.
George plays Istanbul Agop cymbals, Vater drumsticks, mallets, brushes & Keplinger percussion exclusively, as well as vintage Rogers drums & Craviotto custom snare drums. He carries his gear in Tackle Instrument Supply & Beato Bags