Performing live , recording , arranging,  song writing,  playing to a click live and in the studio, teaching,  smiling while performing, showing up on time. I teach private lessons in Chicago, and the Central Illinois area.  I am now accepting offers for clinics, so contact me for bookings.

Artists I've Toured, Recorded, or Performed With 

This list excludes jamming

Being from Chicago I play a lot of Blues and roots music. I started playing gospel music at New Miracle Temple church in the 1990s,  and fell in love with drumming ever since. I decided after receiving my bachelors degree at Western Illinois University to become a pro drummer.



What's New In 2022!

Buy My New Book!

 "You Got The Gig, Here's How To Keep It"

**Chicago Blues Guide Book Review** Click Below!

 **New Music Alert**

Be sure to get a copy of "Joseph & The Velozians" I wrote track #1 Pretty Is As Pretty Does performed by Larry McCray!

Check Out Bernard Allison's 

Highs & Lows

I wrote 3 songs for the album

Highs & Lows-title track

Hustler-featuring Bobby Rush

My Way Or The Highway-featuring Collin James




Billy Branch & S.O.B.'s  "Roots and Branches" Tribute to Little Walter, Alligator Records 2019

Michael Bloom & the Blues Prophesy "Whisper in the Wind" 2019

James Armstrong "Blues Been Good To Me" 2017 Catfood Records. Title track co-written by me!

Joseph Veloz "Offerings" 2017

Billy Flynn "Lonesome Highway" Delmark records 2017

James Armstrong  "Live"  2016

Mary Jo Curry #1 on 2016 Roots Music Report (self-entitled cd)  produced by James Armstrong

Mississippi Heat "Warning Shot' 2014 #1 worldwide on "Living Blues Radio Charts"

Blues ile Birlikte Hayata  Jimmy Burns Katherine Davis Elif Caglar 2013

Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues "Blues Shock" 2014

Mississippi Heat "Delta Bound"  2012

Nigel Mack "Devils Secrets" *Best Self Produced CD of the year by Windy City Blues Society.* 2011

Mississippi Heat "Lets Live it Up" 2011 *Voted Best Traditional Blues Album of the year, Blues Blast Magazine.*

Ana Popovic  "An Evening at Trasimeno Lake' DVD  *Voted Best Blues DVD of 2011 Blues Matters Awards UK*,  Nominated Best DVD of 2011 Blues Music Awards*

Ana Popovic  "An Evening at Trasimeno Lake"    2011

Biscuit Miller "Blues with a Smile" 2010

Shawn Kellerman "Blues Without a Home" 2009

Ana Popovic "Blind For Love" 2009

Khalif "Wailin" Walter "Let Me Say that Again" 2006 EP

Bernard Allison "Energized" 2005 DVD

Bernard Allison "Energized Live in Europe" 2005 Double Live Album

Chris Green 'Jazz" 2004

New Miracle Temple 'Hold On' 1996

Mississippi Heat

Kelley Hunt

Wayne Baker Brooks

Ronnie Baker Brooks

James Armstrong

Nigel Mack

Country Bill and the Cadillac Daddies

Dave Herrero

Shawn Kellerman

Matthew Skoller

Dan Akroyd (Windy City Live, ABC T.V.)

Slam Allen

Liz Greeson

Johnny Rawls

Corey Dennison

Joanne Shaw Taylor

Anthony Gomes

Katherine Davis

Chris Green & New Perspective (Jazz)

Sherman Robertson

Chico Banks

Joe Moss

Nick Moss

Rob Blaine

Mary Joe Curry and Tombstone Bullet

New Miracle Temple Church Choir

Alex Wilson

Grammy Award winner Billy Flynn

Grammy Award winner Jason Ricci

2016 Grammy Nominated John Primer and Chicago Blues a Living History

Carlos Johnson

Corky Seigal

Billy Boy Arnold

Bill Simms Jr.

Vincent Bucher

Joseph Veloz

Nelson St. Revival

Susan Williams

Michael Bloom

Bernard Allison Group

Chicago Plays the Stones (feat Ronnie Baker Brooks & Billy Branch)

Welch-Ledbetter Connection **2019BMA Winner Band of the year***

Mike Ledbetter
***Blues Hall of Fame, 3 time Grammy Nominated Billy Branch***

Ana Popovic Band

Giles Cory

Dan Carelli

Rick King's Royal Hustle

Luca Kiella

Jimmy Burns