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South Carolina Banjo Day In Honor of Todd Taylor

South Carolina Banjo Day In Honor of Todd Taylor

Spartanburg, SC native Todd "Banjoman" Taylor, a Gretsch-endorsed artist since 2012 and Guinness World Record holder for fastest banjo, is honored by the State of South Carolina for the positive impact he has made on the state on the second Tuesday in March each...

Remembering Bobby Orr

Remembering Bobby Orr

A worldwide community story . . . The below photo was sent to me recently by Chris Welch (one of the UK’s most respected music journalists and writers), and it prompted me to think about creating this piece on Bobby Orr, one of Britain’s greatest drummers.  Sadly, we...

The Day The Music Stopped

The Day The Music Stopped

When COVID-19 hit our country I had already worked half a year on booking my 2020 schedule.  One day I am playing a gig anticipating a busy summer and the next day told to stay home.  No public performances, no gathering of people, no events of any kind.  Don’t get me...

The Drummer Gives Us Some! Saluting Cindy Blackman Santana’s New CD

The Drummer Gives Us Some! Saluting Cindy Blackman Santana’s New CD

If you wanted to find someone who fits the definition of “renaissance drummer,” Cindy Blackman Santana would be the perfect choice. She simply has done—and continues to do—it all. She’s perfectly at home in a rock format, as evidenced by her past work with Lenny...

Lasting Legacy of Drummer And Educator Sam Ulano

Lasting Legacy of Drummer And Educator Sam Ulano

For those who may not know Sam, he was a fixture on the New York City drumming scene for more than sixty years. He was also quite a character, and it’s hardly surprising that “Sam the showman” would make his exit on New Year’s Day of 2014.  We lost a genuine drumming...