Friday, June 29, 2012

Jim Keltner On Levon Helm!

Good Drumming Is Good Listening!

Keltner, whose percussion work can be heard on countless landmark albums, including the solo projects of three of the four Beatles, as well as Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton and Neil Young, will join Peart for the roundtable. It will examine the importance of going beyond drumming to master songwriting, penning lyrics and playing other instruments, and also look at the attributes of great drumming.

“Good drumming is good listening,” says Keltner, who just finished working on Jerry Lee Lewis' new album and is contributing to projects with Don Was and Dhani Harrison. “The drummer is like the catcher on a baseball team. He's involved in every play, and he's watching everything and everybody. He's got the ball in his hands all the time. You've got to be able to hear everything. The better your ear is trained, the better musician you're gonna be.”

Keltner cites Dave Grohl, who drummed for Nirvana and now fronts Foo Fighters, as an example of a drummer who hits hard but still has incredible finesse. “For my money, Dave has always been the greatest rock drummer I've ever heard,” he says. “Dave is proof that you can play hard and still groove like crazy. He has really interesting fills and supports the guitar and vocals in an amazing way.”

Keltner also admires the unique, laid-back style of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. “I was a peer of John Bonham, and I saw him play with Zeppelin at their first gig in the U.S.,” he recalls. “What was great about him was he played like a jazz drummer to me. I was like, ‘Wow, he sounds like a rock 'n' roll Elton John!' He also played like he had no cares and no worries.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Joshua Radin - Underwater

Joshua Radin - Underwater
SO Records SOAK 016 (2012)

Track Listing:
1. Tomorrow is Gonna Be Better
2. Anywhere Your Love Goes
3. Let It Go
4. Five and Dime
5. Here's Where We Begin
6. Underwater
7. Everything
8. Lost at Home
9. One More
10. The Greenest Grass
11. The Willow
12. Any Day Now
13. So Long Sunshine (Deluxe Edition)
14. Running Out of Time (Deluxe Edition)
15. Where You Belong (Deluxe Edition)
16. She's So Right (Deluxe Edition)

Jim Keltner - Drums, Percussion
Joshua Radin - Acoustic Guitar, Producer, Vocals
Matthew Janszen - Conductor
Priscilla Ahn - Background Vocals
Kevin Augunas - Bass, Producer
Brett Banducci - Viola
Alisha Bauer - Cello
Matt Chamberlain - Drums, Percussion, Timpani
Gene Cipriano - Flute
Giovanna Clayton - Cello
Jane Antonia Cornish - Arranger, Contractor, Session Leader
Madi Diaz - Background Vocals
Rachel Englander - Violin
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith - Cello
Jimmie Haskell - Arranger, Conductor
Daniel Heath - Arranger
Sharon Jackson - Violin
Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. - Celeste, Electric Harpsichord, Hammond B3 Organ, Synthesizer
Marina Manukian - Violin
Joseph Meyer - French Horn
Eugene Micofsky - Orchestration
Blake Mills Guitar, Tiple
Brian O'Connor - French Horn
Aoife O'Donovan - Background Vocals
Kate Reddish - Viola
Kathleen Sloan - Violin
Benmont Tench - Hammond B3 Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer Piano
Michael Valerio - Double Bass
Jessica Vanvelzen-Freer - Viola
Ina Veli - Violin
John Wittenberg - Concert Master, Violin
Alwyn Wright - Violin
Judy Yoo - Violin