The Chandler Blues Band

Today's Blues.

To The Beat of His Own Drum

     Gather round CBBers, its time to talk gear again! Hopefully we'll all be seeing a lot of each other this summer so lets meet some more of the instruments you'll see on stage with us. 

     We all love drums. Drums are among the oldest instruments in history and there's good reason for it; they are primal, unforgiving, and they are the cornerstone of almost every kind of band. Rhythm is what makes music what it is, and in my humble opinion, you can play a single note with an interesting rhythm and it will be more musical than the most complex melody with a lousy rhythm. Over the years, we've all seen (and possibly even been in) plenty of bands with some sloppy guitar playing, singing, piano or whatever, but if the drums are on point then people keep dancing the band keeps groovin', and most people probably never notice. However, we've also all seen a band where the drummer makes a mistake and it throws everyone off, the musicians, the listeners, the dancers, even the bartender.  

     A great drummer is worth their weight in gold, and all great drummers have their favorite tools. Whether its a $50 pawn shop kit, a 5 figure vintage Gretsch kit, or an old bucket on the street, all great drummers know what has "their" sound. So with that being said:

Meet Kevin Medeiros's drums. 

 A vintage instrument at its finest. A 1971 Slingerland kit with more mileage than a NYC taxi cab.  

A vintage instrument at its finest. A 1971 Slingerland kit with more mileage than a NYC taxi cab.  

     Kevin's drum kit is a 1971 Slingerland with a "black diamond pearl" finish.  The finish has this amazing three dimensional look to it and if it was any more 3D James Cameron would probably make a movie about it.

 On stage at the Chillmark Community Center. 

On stage at the Chillmark Community Center. 

     As you can see, Kev tends to prefer a very simple setup. He generally runs one 12" tom, one 16" floor tom, a 18" Zildjian crash ride cymbol, 2014 Ludwig Supraphonic snare, (size 14x6.5, the very same size as the snare used by John Bonham of Led Zepplin) and a 14" Zildjian New Beat hi-hat, all drums with Aquarian heads. Kev also prefers to use Vic Firth 7a wood tip sticks.

 Kevin Medeiros's Drums

Kevin Medeiros's Drums

 NOT Kevin Medeiros's drums. 

NOT Kevin Medeiros's drums. 

     There you have it. Those are the tubs you'll find Kev banging on all summer with The Chandler Blues Band. We certainly wouldn't sound like we do if he didn't know so much about the drums he's hitting, but quite honestly, Kev could bang on a trash can and still make people move. 

-mc

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