In the very first episode of the Sounds From Below podcast series, Bay Area jazz drummer Scott Amendola tells us about the time he made a huge mistake while packing for a gig. We also hear from two successful drummers - Whiteville, North Carolina's Matt Dudley and Scott Pellegrom of Grand Haven, Michigan - who shunned the bright lights of the big city, choosing to stay and play in the small towns they call home.
With much of the world’s population under suggested or mandated stay-at-home orders, we’re taking this time to check in on our friends in the drumming community. Our first “quarantine check-in” is with jazz drummer Steve Lyman. Steve talks about his break-out year in 2019, an upcoming move from Salt Lake City to New York, and his journey to maturity as a musician.
Rupp’s Drums has been Denver’s hometown drum shop for since 1984. Alex Simpson has only owned the store for two years, but he’s leading this Colorado percussion institution through one of its toughest challenges – the global coronavirus crisis. Alex opens up about what it’s like to own a brick and mortar retail store that’s been forced to close by the government.
This episode also features music from Denver musician Michael John McKee, recorded under the name Helicopter Copter.