Drummers Who Use Our Drums / Testimonials
following artists enjoy playing and using the products that come from
Everyone's Drumming Company. We would like to express our appreciation
and gratitude to these performers for their support in one way or
another and for inspiring us with their music. Please check out the
projects that they work on by following their links. It is all great
Matt Abts , 2003 Grammy Nominated drummer, original
member of Gov't Mule, first started playing music in high school
in Panama before relocating to Virginia where he spent the next
eight years playing music regionally in many, many bands before
moving to Florida and getting a break playing with Dickey Betts
and Chuck Leavell in 1984. Matt recorded "Pattern Disruptive"
with the Dickey Betts Band in 1988 which also included future
GM cohort Warren Haynes and X2 keyboardist Johnny Neel.
Matt Relocated to Los Angeles, Cal., where he, Warren and Allen
Woody played their first gig as Gov't Mule in 1994. GM recorded
five albums and toured extensively till Aug. 2000, when bass
player Woody passed away unexpectedly.
Matt Abts and Warren Haynes lost their brother and musical partner
but continued on with the release of the "Deep End"
I & II, and the "Deepest End" DVD, as a tribute
to Allen featuring over 20 of the biggest names in bass players
ever assembled (including John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, Larry
Graham, Alphonso Johnson, and Flea) on two records and a DVD
film recording of an historic live show in New Orleans 2003.
GM was nominated for a Grammy for "Sco Mule", which
was on "Deep End" I.
In 2004, with keyboard player Danny Louis and bass player Andy
Hess already in the new line up, GM releases "Deja Voodoo"
and continues touring in support of, nationally and abroad through
Time away from Gov’t Mule allows for recording and live
performances in many different formats. "X2" and "Deep
Fried", (both bands include Johnny Neel, and in DF, members
George Porter Jr. and Brian Stoltz), and Hook Herrera have remained
active in the past year.
2003 Grammy Nomination - performance - Sco-Mule
2002 Drummie Award - #1 R&B Drummer - Drum! Magazine
2004 Drummer Award - #1 Jam Band Drummer - Drum! Magazine
Modern Drummer Feature Articles
Drum! Magazine Feature Articles
Check out the new Matt Abts Signature Series Djembe Cajon!
The Rhythm Cats
The Everyone Orchestra
EVERYONE ORCHESTRA is a revolving cast of stellar musicians conducted
by founder Matt Butler at concerts, festivals and special events. EO
performances are designed to span musical genres and break the
boundaries of how an audience experiences music, while having a lot of
fun and doing good too. It's a celebratory, interactive,
improvisational experiment orchestrated by a mad scientist conductor!
While Butler is the primary conductor, the Orchestra has also been
conducted by other musicians and members of the audience too.
list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and
intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish,
moe., String Cheese Incident, The Flecktones, Club d'Elf, ALO, Tea Leaf
Green and Adrian Belew, Taj Mahal, Maria Muldaur, Tuvan throat singers,
live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, firespinners,
jugglers, stiltwalkers, storytellers, a presidential candidate and
hundreds of others among a growing legion of other performers.
version of breaking down the barriers between musician and audience
derives in part from desert art festival Burning Man’s ‘no spectators,
only participants’ ethic and is undoubtedly influenced by his old
friend and mentor Ken Kesey, the king of the Merry Pranksters.
Everyone Orchestra is dedicated to working for good and has performed
numerous concerts for non-profit organizations, coordinated donation
drives for the needy, and has brought their brand of participatory
performance to student groups, schools, hospitals, an orphanage and
David Grisman Quintet
Joe Cravenis a madman with anything
that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie
tin, tenor guitar, mouth bow, banjo, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace
a world of percussion instruments including animal bones, squeeze toys,
cake pans, waste cans, umbrella stands, martini shakers and...Himself.
His stage setup more often resembles a yard sale. But there's more to
Craven than meets the ear.
Educator, visual artist, former museum curator, motivational speaker, actor/storyteller and festival emcee, Joe’s work is born out of respect and reverence and seeks to honor the creative energy in everyone. An
advocate of the folk arts, Joe’s educational mission is to empower
individuals to take possession of their own music and tell their
stories by “demystifying” art through self-expression as a daily ritual.
For almost 17 years, Joe Craven was the highly respected multi-instrumentalist with the David Grisman Quintet... yeah, Joe was the guy with the Ralph Stanley autographed bongos and fiddle. Having played and/or recorded with Jerry Garcia, Stéphane Grappelli, Maria Muldaur, Vassar Clements, The Persuasions, Psychograss, The Alison Brown Quartet, Darol Anger, Rob Ickes, Bob Brozman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, spoken word maven Ken Nordine
and many others, Joe has performed music & sound effects on a wide
variety of recordings including commercials, soundtracks, computer
games and several Grammy nominated projects.
In music, Joe is a bit like Indiana Jones; a musical archeologist going on wild adventures with his finds.
More a re-composer and recycler of music as object and idea, Joe believes that
"Music that's informally made and shared is a hallmark of folk music
and it is this spirit of art making that leads to the more creative
life of not just art consumer but art maker as well. Anyone's life
stories can be wrought into amazing tunes and songs - shared and handed
down through observation and imitation – then embellished/altered with
different versions through time. That's where the new music comes fro
m. When you learn other people's music you learn about your own" .
His own wildly varied recordings are testimonies to this folk music philosophy. They stretch the boundaries of musical style while paying tribute to and helping forward evolving musical traditions.
As an educator,
Joe's clinics, workshops and school presentations on music
participation have captivated audiences around the country. He's worked
with students from preschool to adult in a variety of settings. He
completed his first artist in residency at California State University
– Chico to rave reviews and has expanded his educational outreach to
museums and music camps ranging from fiddle to percussion to song
school. According to Joe,
"Music is imagination,
expression, therapy and living in the creative spirit. It doesn't need
labels as much as it needs opportunity. Through exploration, sincerity
of application, AND practice you can make music on just about anything."
And he's proven his point by playing everything from dashboards to squeeze toys to his head. "It's
great to just pick up things like an empty water jug, garden tools or
your pet and discover their inherant musical qualities, as well as your
he says. "It's not the thing, but the process of how you connect with it that makes great music.
Don't throw it away – redefine it as a musical tool – teach it to a child – leave it as a gift."
Don "DC" Culp
Gary "Guitar" and the Grinders
Becky Chase Band
Rusted Root, Jim Donovan's Drum the Ecstatic International
Jim Donovan was a founding member and driving force of the
multi-platinum band, Rusted Root. Jim made countless trips around North
America and abroad with the popular jam-band, sharing the stage with
rock & roll legends such as Santana, Page and Plant, Sting, Dave
Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers, Sheryl Crowe, The Grateful Dead,
and many others.
Donovan was recently named
"2008 Drum Circle Facilitator of the Year"
by the readers of Drum! Magazine
studied and played African rhythms with various master drummers such as
Congolese master drummer Elie Kihonia, Mamady Keita and Mbemba
Bangoura. He also studied African Music with noted scholar, Kwabena
Nketia from Ghana.
He has researched traditional African music
for over 20 years via field recordings, and has continuously integrated
his findings into all his music both as a solo recording artist and
with Rusted Root.
As a solo artist, Donovan has released 5
highly acclaimed solo CD's as well as 4 instructional drumming CD's.
His newest releases include Drum the Ecstatic International, The Yoga
of Drum and Chant, and a hand drumming instructional series called
Rhythmic Foundation: Volumes 1 and 2.
Fulfilling his desire to
share the power of rhythm first hand, Donovan built a series of
educational drumming workshops that he teaches across the US and Europe
at universities, festivals, schools, corporations, and specialty
venues. He is a full-time instructor of music at Saint Francis
University in Loretto, PA, the current director of the Saint Francis
University World Drumming Ensemble and the director of the annual
Rhythm Renewal Drumming Retreat.
Donovan is also a featured monthly columnist in Drum! Magazine.
Check out Jim Donovan's Signature Series Djembes!
Rob Fried Rest in Peace brother
Donna the Buffalo
According to Sam, we deliver "the best US made djembe for sound, workmanship and service. My first choice."
Black Bear Moon Music & Cultural Project
Phil & Friends
Sim Redmond Band
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Derek Trucks Band
String Cheese Incident
says, "Everyone's Drumming makes well crafted drums that embody a lot
of spirit. It's obvious by the quality of the drums that they are
players themselves. Each instrument shows attention to details and come
says, "The drums from Everyone's Drumming have superior tone and they
look marvelous and it doesn't hurt that the people at the company are
uber cool. I have a feeling I will be playing my drum from Everyone's
Drumming for a long time, or should I say beat it...and you can't beat
a drum from Everyone's Drumming."
Percussionist, composer, and clinician Gilad has been called "one of the world's
top percussionists" by
Bill Meredith, assistant
editor of Jazziz magazine, said "like Willie Bobo and
Alex Acuna, Gilad excels at both drums and percussion - but unlike those great
players, the Israel-born, Middle Eastern-inspired player excels at both
simultaneously through his hybrid drum/percussion setup."
Visit Gilad Dobrecky on Myspace
Yahuba Garcia "El Pollo"
The Boston-born Puerto Rican Conga sensation has been lighting up the
music scene with so many different bands, it is hard to keep
track. He has recently
been seen on stage with Percy Hill, Blacksnake,
Jen Kearney & The Lost Onion, The Boston Horns, Assembly of Dust
&, The Ryan Montbleau Band, just to name a handful. This list only
keeps getting longer as more Boston musicians hear and see him play.
As an educator he has been visiting schools, speaking and performing in
front of children of all ages about his Puerto Rican culture, music and
heritage. Yahuba is also a private percussion instructor in the Boston
As a musician, Yahuba knows no boundaries, he embraces every style of
music as if it was his own, and is true to the craft of showmanship.
One only needs to see the charismatic joy he delivers through his music
to understand how he got his name.
Yahuba says "Im very excited to announce that I just got my first drum
endorsement!!! I am officially playing on a Djembe made by Everyones
Drumming. For those of you who frequent the jamband festival scene in
New England, you have probably walked into a booth that sells all sorts
of African hand drums. This same company has also made drums that you
have seen on stage with bands like The Derek Trucks Band, Spearhead,
Government Mule and many others. So needless to say I am in good hands
and siked to be entering this partnership with a solid and reputable
Harvey Sorgen has performed and /or recorded with the following
AHMAD JAMAL, MICHELLE SHOCKED, PAUL SIMON,DEWEY REDMAN, DAVE
DOUGLAS, MARK FELDMAN, ZAKIR HUSSAIN, GIOVANNI HILDAGO, WADADA LEO
SMITH, CAMERON BROWN, STEVE SWELL, NEIL ROLNICK, ANTHONY BRAXTON, CARTER
JEFFERSON, JOHN STUBBLEFIELD, BRENDA BUFFALINO, HONI COLES, DAUNIK
LAZRO, TODD REYNOLDS, DERRICK TRUCKS, ROSWELL RUDD, PHIL LESH, DAVID
TORN, THE MEMPHIS PILGRIM
S, BILL FRISELL, FONDA/STEVENS GROUP, CARLOS
SANTANA, DRY JACK, ART LANDE, JOHN D’EARTH, NRBQ, BOB WEIR, GREG ALLMAN,
MARCEL MONROE, THE MALLARDS, SORGEN-RUST-WINDBIEL TRIO, JACK
DEJOHNETTE, DAVE SAMUELS, DREW GRESS, TONY LEVIN, PETE LEVIN, GARTH
HUDSON, JIMMY VIVINO, among many others.
Harvey Sorgen has also written and performed pieces for film and the
stage, including a solo percussion piece for the New Day Repetoire
Theater’s version of “Antigone”
Harvey Sorgen has been interviewed by the following magazines:
Modern Drummer, DRUM!, Down Beat, All About Jazz, Jazz Podium
(Germany), and Jazz Halo (Belgium).
Through Dreamland Recording Studio and freelance work, Harvey
is an accomplished audio engineer and editor. Past projects include the
remastering of the entire ESP record label, and is currently digitally
remastering the entire Homespun Tapes back audio catalog using Pro
Harvey Sorgen's first instructional video " Drumming Made Easy " is
available worldwide from Homespun Tapes Inc. / Hal Leonard publishing.
Harvey Sorgen also appears on Jack DeJohnette's " Musical Expression On
The Drum Set" and Jorma Kaukonen's " The Electric Guitar Of Jorma
Kaukonen “ DVD’s also available from Homespun Tapes Inc.
Visit Harvey Sorgen on Myspace
There is nothing out there like Zach Deputy. Truly a one-man band, he is a powerhouse of performance, technical chops, and one hell of a charismatic presence. Put simply, Zach Deputy does what is called looping; layering sounds through the magic of technology to create a full band effect. He isn't the only performer out there doing this, but he has taken the technique to the next level. First and foremost, however, Zach Deputy is a songwriter, a shredding guitarist and a soulful singer with a 4+ octave vocal range.
For a full Bio on Zach Deputy, and more info like where you can catch one of his amazing performances visit zachdeputy.com