The Help - Live from Ham Jam 2008

A Swampy Groove...

Sugar Daddy isn’t one of my favorite songs lyrically, but the music and the rhythm drew me in quickly.   Within a few bars of hearing this song for the first time, I found a Swampy groove that just felt great to play and moved the music along.   I love this with a dirty snare sound…very “New Orleans”!   Hope you enjoy!

Monika Jaymes - Live from Ham 2009

My Take on Mick Fleetwood...

Mick Fleetwood, the powerful drummer behind Fleetwood Mac is one of those drummers who I grew up listening too and from the time I first sat behind a kit, was one of the drummers I started to learn from and emulate.   The Monika Jaymes band is one of the most talented groups I’ve had the pleasure of making music with and we not only created new music, but dug into some covers.   Here’s our take on a Fleetwood Mac classic!

One25 - Live at Battle of Bands 2010

Gimme a Smile - & A Nod to Neal Peart

I was first introduced to the band RUSH as a freshman at NC State University.   I had always loved playing drums, but when I started to listen to Neal and the parts he crafted with the band, the idea of what was possible behind a set of drums and how the drums could contribute to the musicality of a song took new meaning for me.  This song by One25 really reminded me of a RUSH-style song and there was space that enabled me to throw in some new rhythmic ideas….this one’s my nod to Mr. Peart.