What it means to be a drummer

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DRUMMER

Rolling Stone recently put out a list of the top 100 drummers of all time.

We have a lot of thoughts on the list, but there is one drummer, ranked #5, deserving of a full-on blog post:

Robert A. Reeder / The Washington Post

HAL BLAINE

When we saw his name, we were happy to see him so high on the list.

Way above flashier names with questionable talent. (Ahem…Steven Adler.)

Because Hal Blaine knew what it meant to be a drummer.

He did whatever the situation called for.

If a simple, steady backbeat was the order, Hal could do it.

If a show-stopping solo was needed, he could do that, too.

He didn’t need to be the center of attention.

But he had all the talent to be that, and more.

Instead, he did most of his best work as a session drummer.

Defining the sound for dozens of different bands on hundreds of albums.

And then often teaching the touring drummer how to play their own songs.

He says it best in the article: “I’m not a flashy drummer. I want to be a great accompanist”

So if you were wondering why we named ourselves Kickdrum.

One of the answers is Hal Blaine.