Any article about current Nashville session drummers is bound to be out-of-date by the time it is published.
I will explain in a moment, but first a plug for Kip Allen, a leading Nashville session drummer, songwriter, music producer, and Drum Workshop Artist. When nothing but the best will do for your project, contact Kip Allen.
Now, on we go to the list of current Nashville session drummers.
Who are the current Nashville session drummers?
We could make a list of Nashville session players, but by the time we finished the list, it would be out-of-date. That may sound like an exaggeration, but it is the absolute truth. Why?
Why does the list of current Nashville session drummers change constantly?
Nashville, probably more than any other “music” city in the world, changes daily. New musicians are stepping off Greyhounds as we type these words. Amtrac is unloading them, they are arriving in beaten-down vans, and skoolies. They hitch into town, they Uber into town, and they walk into town. This is the Music Capital of the U.S., and would-be musicians, looking to make it big in this industry, flood this city throughout the year.
Having said that, dreams end up shattered as well, so each day finds an exodus of some musicians who just couldn’t make it in this city. So, when one asks for a current list of Nashville session drummers, or Nashville touring musicians in general, it really is an impossible task to respond to.
How to contact any of the current drummers in town
Current studio drummer, or musicians in general, can always be contacted through their agents, if they have one. Failing that, try their websites or other social media outlets and, failing that, go to the local Nashville venues and start asking around. If the musician you are looking for has talent, someone in town will know about them.
And, if you are a struggling musician, looking to be noticed, we strongly recommend you make yourself known on social media, as well as any other way possible in the city. The old saying “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” is not always true, but it is true more often than not in the music industry. You must be your own promotor. You must be your own manager. You must be the primary source of information about you and your talents.
It comes down to this: how badly do you want it? And if you want it badly, do you have the skills to make success happen if you are finally noticed as a session drummer?
Only you can answer that question.
A final word about Kip Allen
Since his arrival in Nashville in 2008, Kip Allen has worked his way up the ladder, from working dark honkey-tonks, playing on the streets for change, to finally getting recognized as a drummer/percussionist/songwriter you can count on when you want the very best. Contact Kip Allen the next time your next gig requires a trusted professional. You can always count on second-best, but why would you?