> Over the past year I have not noted a "proliferation" (abundant
> reproductivity) of drummers in national or regional bluegrass
> music. Now and then yes, in recording sessions. Our forum
> survey supervisor used that word to introduce his survey questionthe
> some months back. Was the survey shaded or swayed thereby from
> get-go?I was the one that entered that poll. I was suprised that the
results were not overwhelmingly against drums in bluegrass.
I consider Allison Kraus, Allison Brown, Earl Scruggs and Jerry
Douglas abundant reproductivity. Also, if you listen to the
bluegrass channels over the internet, you will find drums very
common. In any case, the kind of drums I am talking about are the
full rock/country set that dominates the sound and the beat. I had
to leave the Jerry Douglas set at String Summit because his drummer
was doing a rim shot on the downbeat and it was giving me a
headache. I personnally do not like drums with string bands. The
exception is the David Grisman Quintet. Joe Craven plays a mean
plastic tub. (with spoons and wrenches and I don't get a headache
from his rim shots).
I find it very interesting to see that in the 30 years ago column
in Bluegrass Unlimited, many bands were recording with drums. The
fad did not last and did not turn the Osbornes and the others in to
Anyway, I vote with my dollars and my volume control/mute. I find
drums in bluegrass very annoying and just won't listen.
That said, I have never refused to jam with a person playing a drum
head or suitcase woth brushes (I think I might have jammed with you
before). I consider jamming a social activity and you and harmonicas
and accordians are welcome (but not spoons and bagpipes. One can
only withstand so much torture). So, hope to see you at Clatskanie.
PS I was not the one who kicked the trombone player out of a jam at
Winlock last year.