Wednesday, January 15, 2014

SmittyDrum MasterClass


Hey everybody! Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I know I did.

I am starting a masterclass series for those of you who want to polish up on your drumming/songwriting skills  for the new year. These sessions can be done in Nashville or via video chat.

I have been teaching privately for over 20 years. I have received my B.S. (no pun attended) in Music Studies from Brevard College with an emphasis in Marimba Performance and a minor in Jazz History. I studied Music Therapy for 4 years at Tennessee Tech University as well, and have studied Ewe West African Drumming in Ghana, West Africa.

I have also played in symphonies, jazz ensembles and rock bands on many professional levels for over 20 years, too—most recently as the drummer and co-lead singer/songwriter for Truth & Salvage Co., who have been touring back and forth across the U.S. for most of the last five years as both headliners and openers for the Black Crowes, the Avett Brothers, Steve Miller, Levon Helm, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many more.

We can plan a weekly meeting and talk about rhythm facilitation, groove, songwriting, limb independence, playing to a click track, playing without a click track, playing with a band, the psychology of music—whatever you want to talk about, I am all ears. If you are interested, please email me at billsmittydrum@gmail.com, or if you know of someone who may be interested, please spread the word!

I hope to to hear from you and will give you more details regarding logistics and scheduling an appointment then. Thanks everybody!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Truth Tuesday - Scott Kinnebrew - December 17, 2013

             
1) one by one
2) child song
3) old bad crow
4) blackberry summer
5) really wanted to be there
6) lost in space- neil young
7) meet as one "like a bird"
8) running in circles
9) atoms form and disappear
10) christmas must be tonight- the band
11) monkey
12) spider john- willis alan ramsey
13) pasadena
14) sooner or later
15) hail hail

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Truth Tuesday - Walker Young - December 3, 2013






























Hello In There
Reckless Heart 
Heading Back To Tennessee 
See The Sky About To Rain
Open Eyes 
Pick Me Up
Sway
Strange
101
Along The Way
Big Sur
Christmas in Dixie

Monday, December 2, 2013

November 30, 2013 - Do317 Lounge - Indianapolis, IN


0:Shady River >>
Hail Hail >>
Island
Call Back
Appalachian Hilltop
Pick Me Up >>
Heart Like a Wheel
Rise Up >>
Old Piano
Brothers Sons and Daughters
Them Jeans >>
Bird on the Wing >>
Welcome to L.A. >>
She Really Does It for Me >>
Summertime >>
See Her 
Middle Island Creek

E: Pure Mountain Angel

November 29, 2013 - The High Watt - Nashville, TN
















0:Middle Island Creek >>
Heart Like a Wheel
Jump the Ship >>
Silver Lining >>
Island
Bird on the Wing
Welcome to LA
Games People Play >>
I'm Not Your Boyfriend
All Stand Tall >>
Back In Your Love
Appalachian Hilltop
Call Back
Keepin' On (with Shawn Lacy)
Out on the Weekend >>
I Shall Be Released >>
Out on the Weekend (with Jason "Slim" Gamble)
Giant >> (with Brian Wright)
Hail Hail (with Brian Wright)

E: Cowboy Song (with Leroy Powell)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Truth Tuesday - Tim Jones - November 26, 2013





















We Got It (So Good)*
In My Dreams -Chevy Downs
I'm Not Your Boyfriend
Bobby, You are the Queen -Old Pike
Old Piano
All Coming Back*
The Rest of You -Old Pike
She Really Does it For Me
Thunder Road -Bruce Springsteen
Purple Rain -Prince
Embrace Me*
What am I Gonna Do with You *
Birds -Neil Young


* - first time played

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Truth Tuesday - Scott Kinnebrew - November 19, 2013

Satellite of Love
Summertime
Beautiful Life
Pasadena
Mission in the Rain
Back in Your Love
Giant/I Only Wear Blue
Bird on the Wing
Unchained Melody