Rick Brothers is a Nashville based drummer who has toured and recorded with the music industry's biggest and most influential artists. Whether in the studio or on the stage his years of experience shows in everything he does. As a drummer, vocalist, producer, and songwriter, his approach is current and musical.
When you read the names Gretchen Wilson, Kenny Chesney, Hank Williams Jr, Heart, Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Colt Ford, Thompson Square, Run DMC, Kid Rock, FGL, and numerous others, you will also find the name Rick Brothers in the credits. Rick has either toured, shared the stage, or recorded with all of these artists and almost every other artist that is relevant in today's country music landscape. His discography is truly diverse and impressive working with such acclaimed producers as Dan Huff and Mark Wright. His unique feel and command of the click make him one of Nashville's finest.
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I have shared the stage with Rick Brothers for 4 plus years. He is one of the best drummers in the business. Very professional and solid chops. If you’re looking for a drummer for any of your projects, don’t hesitate to hire the best!
When it comes to playing drums, Rick is the BEST! I've known Rick for more than a decade and he's one of the nicest guys in the biz . Not only is he an amazing session player, he's also a great producer with a great ear. He makes my songs groove and I guarantee he will do the same for you and your music!
Interview with Rick Brothers
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Live Drum Tracks, Production, and arrangement.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I am inspired and influenced by so many different players and styles. With a bachelors degree in Music Education my tastes are very diverse.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Depends on the situation. Numerous snare drums to give dimension to a project but usually a small set up is all that is needed.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: Listen to the song, devise a chart, and try to give the client/producer a few different approaches to choose from.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: FEEL!!! It's all about the feel and the groove. If your head isn't moving, I haven't done my job.
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: Playing with the click musically.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: In Nashville it has been country and country rock but I just finished playing, co-writing, and producing an Indie Pop Rock project out of WI.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Play the song. It's all about the song!
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Prince. I think he's a genius.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Solid and tasteful.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I have two...all of the albums that I recorded with Colt Ford because I got to create my own drum parts and play behind many of today's top country artists. The other is the ERIC LIVES HERE project because I was the Executive Producer, Co-Writer, and drummer.
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: I have a bachelors degree in Music Education and started traveling the country out of college performing with various road bands. I settled in WI where I taught privately and managed a retail drum shop. Upon arriving in Nashville 15 years ago I continued touring but this time with nationally known artists.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Drums of course.
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Do your research. Listen to what you are getting.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What's their vision for the song? What are you hearing? Do you want it to sound like something familiar or do you want something completely unique?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That drummers don't understand how to play musically. Some do not I suppose but some most certainly do.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: What was it like to play the Super Bowl? My answer....AMAZING!
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Making music with my friends. When it comes to playing tracks for someone, I love seeing their faces when their idea becomes a reality and being a contributing part of it.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To make them happy. There is no right or wrong "drum part". Well maybe there is and I would always offer my opinion based on my experience but an artists song is his/her vision. It's my job to make that vision a reality.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: There are strengths with both.
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Definitely! TIM SCOTT PRODUCTIONS. I have know Tim for over 15 years and his production skills are some of the best I've been a part of. He is great guy with a fantastic studio, fantastic gear, and takes immense pride in his work. You couldn't do any better if you are looking for a top notch project.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Demo and master sessions and playing live with various artists around town.