Stories for Drummers
Sounds From Below is a collection of written and audio stories about drums and drummers. Hosted by Low Boy Custom Beaters founder Jeremy Brieske, this occasional podcast series digs deep to find stories that you won’t hear on any other drumming podcast. Drummers from around the globe contribute articles to the Sounds Drom Below blog.
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Country music covers an incredibly wide range of musical styles. In this gear guide, we’ll hear from Low Boy artists across the country music spectrum about which bass drum beaters they use and why.
Watch Low Boy artists play with Hayley Williams, Nathaniel Rateliff, and The War on Drugs on NPR’s Tiny Desk (Home) Concerts.
Low Boy artists Matt McCaughan and Tim Very appear on holiday albums from Hiss Golden Messenger and Manchester Orchestra.
Choosing the right bass drum beater for the music you’re playing is a critical and underrated way to take your sound to the next level. In this guide, we’ll talk to some Low Boy jazz artists about which beaters they use and why. The answers might surprise you!
Why are turkey legs called drumsticks? There are two theories, both originating a few hundred years ago.
In this episode, we focus on the issue that dominated the first half of 2020, the coronavirus pandemic. Antiquarian bookseller Ken Gloss of Brattle Book Shop shares tips on how to set up amazing Zoom call backgrounds, Jeremy shares his top ten drumming books, and then we hear drummers Lou Santiago Jr. and Will Carroll share drastically different perspectives on their personal battles with COVID-19.
JC Clifford is a drum industry connector, and the ultimate venue for connecting drummers is a drum show. JC is one of the organizers of the inaugural Music City Drum Show, scheduled for August 8th in Nashville. But like every other public event scheduled for the rest of 2020, this drum show may not happen at all. How does JC deal with an uncertain future? Listen in to our conversation to find out.
Kelly Cook — along with Lane Pederson — owns Twin Cities Drum Collective. Under the TC/DC umbrella, Kelly and Lane build drums under three brands, operate a retail space in Minneapolis’s historic Thorp Building, and have become an important part of the Twin Cities music scene.
The company moved into their current location in February, but they were forced to temporarily close their doors just a month later, due to Minnesota’s coronavirus-related stay-at-home order. In this episode of “Sounds From Below,” Kelly opens up about about the struggles of a small business owner in the age of COVID-19.
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.