NEXT LEVEL

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NEXT LEVEL – My debut album, Next Level, will be released August 18, 2017 worldwide.  It blends Jazz, Jazz/Fusion, Funk, and Latin with a contemporary jazz underpinning.  It features an all-star group of musicians from Atlanta and Nashville including:

* Randy Hoexter (Randy Hoexter GroupDave Weckl, Jimmy Haslip) – Keyboards, Piano

* Adam Nitti (Kenny Loggins, Carrie Underwood, Dave Weckl Band, Jeff Coffin, Michael McDonald) – Bass

* Melvin Jones (The Jacksons, Quincy Jones, Kirk Whalum, Stevie Wonder) – Trumpet

* Sam Skelton (Elton John, Quincy Jones, Brian Bromberg) – Saxophones

* Joe Reda (Larry Carlton, Earl Klugh) – Bass

* Trey Wright (Trey Wright Trio, Squat) – guitars

Look for Next Level on iTunes, Spotify, CD Baby, etc. soon!

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Paiste Cymbals

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Paiste Cymbal Endorsement:  I am very excited and deeply honored to announce that I have signed on as an artist endorser for Paiste Cymbals.  I have been playing Paiste for about 8 years and cannot say enough great things about these cymbals.  From their Signature series to Dark Energy series to Traditionals to Masters to Twenty series, they simply make the best sounding cymbals in the world!  Please check them out at www.paiste.com.

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2016 Recap

God has blessed me with another great year musically! There were far too many highlights to list but here are a few.

In 2016, I joined the Sakae Drums family as a regional endorsing artist, became a voting member of the Recording Academy, played super fun shows with Memory Dean at Smith’s Olde Bar, The Georgia Theatre and others, played some great shows with Soul/funk/blues band Soulhound, tracked drums on several projects in the studio, played a fun show with Canadian artist Kenny Munshaw in New Orleans and much more!

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James Harris EP “Seasons” Released

Pop/rock singer James Harris has released his debut EP “Seasons” worldwide on iTunes and Spotify.  James is a talented singer/songwriter who has over 4,000,000 downloads on Spotify.  The EP was recorded at Studio B and produced by Bobby Smith.   Check it out on Spotify at James Harris Seasons

Producer, piano, aux instruments: Bobby Smith

Guitars: Shane Cole

Bass: Jordan Stevenson

Drums: Brian Hudson

 

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Upcoming Shows

OCTOBER 15, 2016 – MEMORY DEAN at THE GEORGIA THEATRE IN ATHENS, GA

Memory Dean is headlining the Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia for the UGA homecoming weekend.  Tickets are available at the Georgia Theatre box-office.

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OCTOBER 22, 2016 – MEMORY DEAN WITH A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS IN SAVANNAH, GA

On October 22, Memory Dean will be playing with 80’s pop band A Flock of Seagulls down in Savannah!  We are looking forward to playing with this fun band!

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NOVEMBER 5, 2016 – SOULHOUND AT HEMLOCK FESTIVAL IN DAHLONEGA, GA

Soulhound will join Colonel Bruce Hampton, Deep Blue Sun, Dead Affect, Donna Hopkins and others at the 2016 Hemlock Festival in Dahlonega, Georgia.  Soulhound performs at 6:45 on Saturday, November 5.

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November 16, 2016 – w/ Canadian artist Kenny Munshaw in New Orleans, LA (private show)

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Summer 2016

Sakae Drums: In June, I was fortunate enough to attend the Sakae Drums Day at Summer NAMM in Nashville. The event featured Sakae artists from around the southeast, including Marcus Finnie (Larry Carlton/Kirk Whalum), studio legend Eddie Bayers, Ben Sesar (Brad Paisley), and others. Great group of drummers for sure!  I am honored to be a part of the Sakae Drums family!

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Memory Dean: In April, Memory Dean played to a sold out crowd at the iconic Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta.  We had a great time and the fans were amazing!  We have some exciting shows on the horizon including an October 15 homecoming date at The Georgia Theatre in Athens, Georgia!

Memory Dean at Smith's Olde Bar

Memory Dean at Smith’s Olde Bar

Studio: In July, I was fortunate enough to track drums for the upcoming James Harris release.  Should be out in September!  It is going to be amazing!

In the Studio tracking for James Harris' EP

In the Studio tracking for James Harris’ EP

Soulhound: Soulhound has been busy playing a unique blend of soul/funk/blues and jam to audiences all across Georgia this year!  We were honored to recently share the stage with legendary Canadian rockers The Guess Who at Southern Ground Amphitheater! Soulhound has upcoming shows in Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Milledgeville, Alpharetta and more.

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Sakae Drums

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I am honored to announce that I am now a regional endorsing artist for Sakae Drums.  Many people may not know that Sakae Drums is a family owned company making handcrafted drums in Japan for over 90 years.  They made high quality drums for one of the world’s leading drum companies for many years including the maple and birch customs and recording custom brands (hint).  When that drum company went in a different direction in 2009, Sakae Rhythm started marketing their own brand under Sakae Drums.

I have owned a Sakae Trilogy kit for over a year and can honestly say that it is one of the best sounding kits I have ever played.  The drums are made of a 3 ply maple/poplar/maple shell made famous by vintage drums.  The Trilogy series maintains the nice low end of the vintage drums with a modern touch and sound.  I am very excited to play these drums both live and in the studio!

Sakae Drums inspire me to play better and play more musical!  You really cannot ask for anything more!

Check them out for yourselves at www.sakaedrums.com!

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New Album by Steve Baskin released

 

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Dead Rock Star, the new album by Atlanta based Powerpop/Americana singer Steve Baskin was released this month worldwide.  The album is Baskin’s third release and features some top notch musicians from Atlanta and Nashville including Steve Baskin, Scott Shifflett (vocals and guitar), Brian Hudson and Wayne Killius (Colt Ford, Blake Shelton, Kenny Rogers) on drums, Rich Herring  (Little River Band) on bass and lead guitar, Charlie Mishalany on upright bass, Bill Fleming and Patrick Rusert on pedal steel, Lester Walker on trumpet and others.  It was produced by Steve Baskin and Rich Herring (Little River Band and Nashville Sessions) and mastered by Colin Leonard at Sing Mastering in Atlanta.

Dead Rock Star is available on CD Baby, iTunes and on Steve’s web site (www.stevebaskin.com)

 

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New Song on iTunes

Check out the new song, “Give Me Mercy,” by singer Finn Owen on iTunes. I played drums on this track! 6/8 feel.

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https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/givememercy-single/id879166042

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New Chris Deming Single Released on iTunes

Chris Deming Oh Your Love

Brian is excited to announce the release of contemporary Christian Artist Chris Deming’s new single, Oh Your Love, on iTunes.  Brian played drums on this track.  Please check it out!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oh-your-love-single/id767409658

 

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