Archive for: February, 2016

058: LIVE in Portland with Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Quasi), Tim “Spit Stix” Leitch (Fear, Nasalrod), John Moen (The Decemberists), and John Sherman (Red Fang)

Joe traveled to Portland, OR, to record the very first live episode of The Trap Set at the world-famous Revival Drum Shop. Four of Portland’s finest drummers–Janet Weiss, Spit Stix, John Moen, and John Sherman–shared their remarkable life stories. This is the first time all four drummers had been in the same place at the…

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057: John “Jabo” Starks (James Brown, BB King, Bobby Blue Bland)

Jabo Starks is a stylistic chameleon who can jump from hard-driving blues shuffles; to latin-infused backbeats; to sophisticated, syncopated funk jams. His addition to James Brown’s band in 1965 was crucial to the leader’s evolution from traditional song forms to his own, wholly unique style. Though he is most closely associated with James Brown, Jabo…

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BNS: Fluke Holland on The Sun Records Sound, The Million Dollar Quartet, and The Man In Black.

In this bonus mini-episode, Fluke Holland tells Joe about his signature drum sound; playing with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash; and why Cash chose to wear black.

056: Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown, Whad’ya Know)

As a member of James Brown’s band, Clyde Stubblefield’s ingenious drum patterns came to define the funk genre. Years later, Clyde became the most sampled drummer in history, powering hits by everyone from N.W.A. to Kenny G. Yet, despite his monumental contributions to music, Clyde’s name doesn’t even appear on the majority of the records…

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055: Steve Gadd (Stuff, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Solo Artist, etc.)

For the One Year Anniversary episode of The Trap Set, Joe had a chance to speak to one of his favorite drummers, Steve Gadd. One of the most prolific and respected drummers of all time, Steve generously shares some hard-won wisdom about musical communication, addiction, recovery, and family. At age 70, he is still trying…

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