Born in Bedford, England in 1970, Darrel Higham grew up listening to the music of Elvis Presley and Eddie Cochran. Through the influence of these artists, he took up the guitar in his early teens and joined his first band while still in school.
In 1992 Higham spent 6 months living in the USA; touring and recording with Eddie Cochran’s original backing band The Kelly Four. His first solo album entitled Mobile Corrosion was released in 1995 on Nervous Records. Higham played lead guitar in the West End production of Elvis: The Musical in 1996, and co-wrote the first biography on his musical hero, Eddie Cochran, for Mainstream Publishing in 2000.
Along with solo albums and records released with his Rockabilly band The Enforcers throughout the 1990s and 2000s, Higham also played lead guitar and produced many other artists. He co-owns Embassy Studio in Hampshire and oversees a great many sessions there. In 2007, Higham started work with Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom. Together they recorded 2 albums and toured Europe, even making an appearance on BBC’s “Later With Jools” in 2012. In 2011 he shared the lead vocal duties with Imelda May on the Jeff Beck DVD and subsequent CD, A Rock 'n' Roll Party.
Higham has played guitar for Robert Plant, Jools Holland, Imelda May, Sharon Shannon, Shakin’ Stevens, Jeff Beck, Billy Lee Riley, Rocky Burnette, Bono, Paul McCartney, to name a few.
Marcus Hill has become a staple drummer within the Nashville music community. After growing up in Memphis, TN--a city filled with a rich musical heritage--and coming from a family consisting of saxophonists, pianists, drummers, guitarists, vocalists, composers, and the like, Hill has become not only a professional drummer, but a pure, well-rounded musician, looking to create space for fresh ideas and sounds.
At the age of 12, Hill received his first full drum kit as a Christmas present. As the years passed, he continued to gain experience by playing at church and school, while also watching many incredible drummers and musicians that surrounded the Memphis area. Hill attended the Belmont University School of Music in Nashville, TN and studied under master drummer Chester Thompson (Phil Collins/Genesis/Frank Zappa). His goal has been to maintain the integrity of the music with accurate proficiency in as many styles and genres of music that he can find. He wrote a book entitled Styles for the Versatile Drummer, which covers how to execute playing various musical styles including jazz, hip-hop, rock, latin jazz, country, and pop.
Hill's ability to execute and connect with the music has allowed him to be a sought-after drummer for both live and studio performances. Hill has performed or recorded with many national and local artists including Meghan Trainor, Ben Rector, CeCe Winans, Eric Paslay, Josh Groban, Joe Robinson, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Melinda Doolittle, Tommy Emmanuel, Nicole C. Mullen, Chris August, and Tommy Sims. He has most recently toured with EMI Records' country artist Eric Paslay.
His pledge to grow as a musician continues, and his commitment to professionalism will stand, as playing drums has become his way of cultivating his passion for music, people, and love.
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From Schiffer Publishing: Unassuming late guitarist Paul Yandell described his career not as one of celebrity but as sideman, the musician that audiences hear while they’re focused on the star. From his humble beginnings as a poor Kentucky farm boy learning to play to taking the stage at the Grand Ole Opry, he ultimately gained the trust and confidence of two of America’s finest musicians, Jerry Reed and the incomparable Chet Atkins...Get your copy now.
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Look for the upcoming worldwide release of Todd Taylor's new book Gospel Banjo from Hal Leonard and Centerstream Publishing. Due out in late August, the book features 10 classic gospel songs arranged by Todd along with bios, history, and pictures. Foreward by Fred Gretsch. Todd "Banjoman" Taylor is a Guinness Record holder for "World's Fastest Banjo Player". Learn more about him on his website.
Gretsch Greatest Hits . . . and Hitters: Matt Sorum
Look in the dictionary under “rock drummer” and you’re likely to see a picture of Matt Sorum. With a long and stellar career playing with a “who’s who” of bands and artists, Matt literally defines the genre. Matt is a relatively new member of the Gretsch roster of drum artists. Considering his talent, impressive musical credits, and his involvement in so many worthy social causes, we’re proud to have him be a part of the family!
The Gretsch Drumkit That Made Olympic History
As the world focuses on the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, here's a story about how a special Gretsch drumkit made its way to the games that took place the last time the Summer Olympics were located in the Americas. North America, in fact, exactly twenty years ago. It was 1996, and the games were being held in Atlanta, Georgia...
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Todd Taylor is out-and-about promoting his new CD Lucky 13 and he's sent us a photo of himself next to one of many benches advertising the release. Now we're challenging you to find that bench and take your photo next to it, just like Todd has done, and send it in to us. Get all the details on our special contest page. Good luck!
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