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  • Tommy Rickard

    Tommy Rickard is a working drummer, singer and songwriter who got his start in the S.F. Bay Area in the ‘80s. After playing punk shows in high school, he joined Vain, landed a record contract and began touring. After few years with Vain, he went on to play with Eric Martin, Ronnie Montrose, Linda Perry and many others.
  • John Anthony Turner

    John Anthony Turner John Anthony Turner is an extraordinary drummer with intense focus and rock solid groove. I had the opportunity to see John pla...
  • Ronald "Dardenboy" Darden - Drummer

    “Chris Coleman said, “I never play for competition. I play because I love to play”. That really blew my mind because I had never heard a kid talk like that.”

  • Tammy Mitchell-Woods

    "When I was having so much trouble breathing the doctors were telling us if we can't get this under control it could go south really quickly and we are actually talking about my funeral.."

    I don't think it's ever that I don't want to play. (laughs…)  since I was 12 I can't think of a time where I really don't want to play. But sometimes my breathing is so bad that I really can't play even if I want to and lupus also wipes out my energy. I call it chemo-tired.  It’s kind of like the worst flu you’ve ever had but it never goes away. To get motivated to go up and sweat it out for an hour and a half is a hard thing to do. I think, “Do I have enough energy to do it?”

  • Make Music Day June 21st 2019!

    1,000+ Cities in 120 Countries including the UK, China, Brazil, Nigeria, Australia, Argentina, Italy, Canada and Cyprus to Celebrate Make Music Day 2019 Make Music Day, the annual global celebration of music occurring on the summer solstice, returns this year on Friday, June 21 with over 5,000 free outdoor concerts, music lessons, jam sessions....
  • Memories of music cannot be lost to Alzheimer's

    According to a recently published study in The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease (catchy name!), the part of your brain responsible for ASMR doesn't get lost to Alzheimer's
  • Children’s Brains Develop Faster with Music Training

    Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sou...
  • The Last Word: Iggy Pop Talks Drugs, Aging, His Hero Keith Richards

    Do you think drugs should be legal?
    I’m not well-informed enough to answer that question, but I am curious about the idea that use and abuse might decline if they were legal. Some Scottish comedian was talking about Brexit and he said, “Asking a celebrity about Brexit is like asking Iggy Pop about a particle accelerator.” I’m not your guy.
  • Broken Dreams, Expectations or Inquiry on What it Means to be Successful

    When I was just  5 years old the sound of  the drums hit me hard. Thumped direct to my heart. When the bass drum hit I could actually feel it, like the excitement of the drop and lift of a roller coaster, in my chest cavity, my heart chakra.
  • Drumming through Shame and other stuff...

    KickStrap and Benson Music expands through community and innovation.

    Recently KickStrap has experienced record online sales with new "Fire Straps" and the slave pedal cajon KickStrap.

    New endorsers!

  • 5 Left-handed Musicians that Changed Music Forever

    5 Left-handed Musicians that Changed Music Forever  Left-handed people often get the short end of the stick. According to scientists, they’re at a ...
  • Jazz Drummers Time Line

    This is a montage of jazz drummers whom I like and became aware of as I studied jazz. It is by no means a definitive list! Feel free to suggest oth...