“The groove is the foundation of every song. My goal is to support the music and the artist with a solid groove and provide a strong foundation that will help the song excel.”
Atlanta, Georgia based drummer and studio musician Brian Hudson has been a first call drummer for both live and studio sessions for the past decade. He has performed hundreds of shows before tens of thousands of people covering a variety of genres including pop/rock, roots rock, jazz, contemporary jazz, singer/songwriter, blues, CCM, country, R&B, and funk.
Brian grew up in Clearwater, Florida and started playing drums at the age of 10. Like many others starting out, he banged on pots and pans and pillows until his parents bought him his first drum kit. In high school, Brian studied privately with Jason Harnell (Maynard Ferguson), played in the drum line, the stage band and with a local band. After high school, he attended The University of South Florida School of Music for a year and a half where he divided his playing between jazz combos, the symphony orchestra and playing with local jazz musicians around Tampa. He later transferred to the University of Georgia and the music town of Athens, Georgia where he played weekly with various singer/songwriters.
In 2000 Brian moved to Atlanta, Georgia and immediately started playing and touring with various acts such as The Dave Mathews Cover Band, Tonohoney and several blues artists. In 2004, Brian was invited to audition for former Capricorn Recording Artist Memory Dean who had gained national success with the release of 6 studio albums. For the past 12 years, Brian has performed and continues to perform with Memory Dean as a member of the band. In addition to Memory Dean, Brian has performed with a variety of other acts including soul/funk/blues band SOULHOUND, power pop singer Steve Baskin, jazz/fusion artist MADOCA, country artist Thomas Tillman, with various contemporary jazz artists and others.
As a studio musician, Brian has become a go-to drummer for various artists, producers, engineers and songwriters. He has recorded on dozens of recordings including tracking drums for pop singer Steve Baskin’s last two records, Naked and Dead Rock Star. Several songs from these records received extensive radio airplay in 5 countries. The song “Catch Me If You Can,” which was mixed and produced by Glenn Matullo (John Mayer/Indigo Girls) enjoyed radio play around the US and climbed to the 10th most added song on the radio, according to FMQB. Recent recordings for other artists have received hundreds of thousands of streams on major digital media services.
Brian’s debut jazz/fusion album, NEXT LEVEL, is scheduled to be released August 18, 2017 worldwide. The album contains 8 original songs composed by Brian and Randy Hoexter. The songs blend jazz, jazz/fusion, funk, and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning and feature Randy Hoexter (Randy Hoexter Group/Dave Weckl) on keyboards and piano, Adam Nitti (Dave Weckl Band/Kenny Loggins/Carrie Underwood) on bass, Sam Skelton (Quincy Jones/Brian Bromberg) on saxophones, Melvin Jones (The Jacksons/Quincy Jones) on trumpet, Joe Reda (Larry Carlton/Earl Klugh) on bass and Trey Wright (Trey Wright Trio/Squat) on guitars.
Brian currently leads his jazz/fusion band Next Level, is a member of roots rock band Memory Dean, soul/funk band Soulhound and performs with various other artists covering a diverse mix of music. In addition, he is an active studio musician and does remote sessions for artists around the world. Brian is on the Advisory Board for Georgia Music Partners and is a voting member of The Recording Academy. He plays and endorses Sakae Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Regal Tip Drumsticks and Headhunters Creations.