Yonrico Scott Dinosaur BBQ 2/3/11

I had been drumming less than two months when I heard the Derek Trucks Band for the first time. Aside from genius of Derek and the remarkable chemistry, I was blown away watching Yonrico behind the hit. He's a big dude who has a lot of fun playing. Watching him I learned to play the highhats with my left foot, freeing up my right arm. It's such an obvious thing, but before seeing him, my right arm had stayed on the highhat only using my left foot to fizz.

I showed up and saw my neighboor Josh, who plays drums and percussion with a few local groups and is an adjunct professor at SU. He has always been very supportive of me and when we talked during the set break he continued to be. I also met their tour manaer, A kid my age named Dan, from Oneonta. He runs a company out of there and plays guitar. Because DTB was so much bigger than this group, playing much larger venues for way more people I asked him if the drummer was annoyed, something I've always kind of wondered. His response was No, Rico was the man. He did tons of stuff before Derek including playing with the Atlanta symphony and playing with Stevie Wonder. Although the Derek Trucks Band was a 16 year gig, it was just one part of his life. As long as the music is good, the young tour manager told me, Yonrico Scott is happy.

I parked myself in a chair right by the drums and zoned in. I've gone to plenty of shows for fun; this time I went to school. The Slide guitar player a guy named Jeff based out of New York was really good both as a player and singer, but I didn't pay him too much attention. The sticks look so small in Rico's hands, which he holds so loosely and naturally almost like water. He had a few amazing solos where the bass continued playing. Rather than just rhythmically astounding, his solos were incredibly melodic, played to the tune of the song he had just been playing. And he's just having a blast, shaking his big old head, making faces at people, getting them into it. On one occasion, after hitting every surface of the set, he drummed on the wall. At the end of their last song he did that James Brown hit me one time, hit me two times, all the way up to 8, 1 a few more and then he called out 18.

You hear it from guitar players most, who influenced them, who they listened to and stole rifs from, who they aspired to be. I don't think I'd rather emulate anybody more than Rico. There are drummers who are too choppy, doing too much. Rico can, but doesn't very often. He provides a backbone of more than rhythm, but also joy.
Fri 2/4/2011 10:05 AM