Episode 3 – Mark Lanter: “Swinging the Band”


Mark Lanter, musician, drummist, vocalist, educator, author, producer, and wilderness enthusiast, has been a working musician since age 14, with a steady schedule of touring, recording, and teaching. In addition to his work with the Black Jacket Symphony, which performs covers of iconic albums, Henri’s Notions and other bands and projects, Mark teaches private lessons out of his Birmingham, Alabama studio, as well as jazz studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and his own hybrid Music Appreciation class with an emphasis on The Beatles, American Music, and Jazz Appreciation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

His most recent project as producer and drummer is titled Big Band Of Brothers, a tribute to the Allman Brothers. Over the years, Mark has played or recorded with an incredible number of notable musicians, including Mose Allison, Michael Hedges, and legendary jazz guitarist Mundel Lowe to name just a few. Mark is a regular performer-in-residence at the W.C. Handy Blues and Jazz festival and teaches the Handy Jazz Camp.

Mark talks about his path to the drums, his career, his approach to the kit, the importance of getting his “10,000 hours,” and the hard-to-define concept of “swinging the band.”

To learn more about Mark, visit

To see Mark on drums and vocals with Black Jacket Symphony performing “Bohemian Rhapsody, check out:

And, to see Mark’s lesson on 2nd line drumming, check it out at:

Episode 2 – Bob Everett: “Ba Ba Baby Boomer”

“Big Bad” Bob Everett behind 36″ of Ludwig drum!


Bob Everett, owner and founder of Beat It Music, Ltd., Canada’s biggest vintage drum shop, has worked as a touring pro since he was twelve years old. He’s also owned a restaurant, worked as a contractor, done stand up comedy, and been a part of the famed Canadian group, Done on Bradstreet. He’s also the proud father of three-time Grammy Award winning drummer/producer, Sean Everett. 

Bob’s Calgary, Alberta Beat it Music, Ltd. is a cross between vintage drum shop and museum. I had the chance to catch up with Bob via Facetime from his home in Brad Creek, Alberta, which lies between the beautiful Banff National Park and Calgary.  Bob and I had a wonderful conversation about vintage drums, his career, his playing, the line of Agean cymbals he carries, and his advice to new and returning drummers, including his secret key to successful drum tuning!

The amazing 1920s kit from Lacombe, Alberta

Take a look at the Bob’s complete video on the Rogers R-360 kit, copyright 2011 Bob Everett, used here by permission.

Also check out the full Ba Ba Baby Boomer video, copyright 2013 Bob Everett and used here by permission.

Episode 1 – Paul Wertico: “Always Play the Truth”


Famous for his work with the Pat Metheny Group, Paul Wertico is a seven-time Grammy Award winning drummer.  Paul’s discography includes a veritable who’s who of music, and he has won the reader’s poll in both Modern Drummer and Drum magazines.  In addition to his work with his own Paul Wertico Trio, Paul is an Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts.  He has been featured in the new movie, Masters of Resonance, and is a frequent guest on panels and at special music events.  In this interview, Paul talks about his path to drums, his career, and his philosophy of drums.  Paul also talks about his exciting new book, Turn the Beat Around: A Drummer’s Guide to Playing Backbeats on 1 and 3 (Alfred Music 2017), as well as his successful battle with prostate cancer.

For more information onPaul, visit: PaulWertico.Com

To get a copy of Paul’s new Book, Turn the Beat Around: A Drummer’s Guide to Playing “Backbeats” on 1 and 3, visit Alfred music

Check out the Masters of Resonance Official Trailer

For an example of one of Paul’s solo works, check out “Corner Conversation” from his StereoNucleosis album.