RSR309 – Wes Little – Nashville Funky Drummer playing with Steven Tyler, Robben Ford, and Beyonce - Recording Studio Rockstars

RSR309 – Wes Little – Nashville Funky Drummer playing with Steven Tyler, Robben Ford, and Beyonce

When Barrack Obama asks you to play the drums... Wes talked about playing at the DNC with Beyonce, Sting, and Mariah Carey, rocking out with Chuck D, how to build a great drum room, and choosing the best drum fills and cymbals!

My guest today is Wes Little one of Nashville’s most adaptable and multi-faceted drummers, as well as a top flight arranger, producer and songwriter. 

Wes was trained in performance and composition at the Manhattan School of Music and shaped by years of studio and stage work with major acts. Currently a first call session drummer in Nashville, Wes has also performed or recorded with Chuck D, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith,  John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Robben Ford, Michael and Randy Brecker, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. He works in Nashville, where he lives and records daily in the studio.  

Some of his credits for recording or touring are with Robben Ford, Christopher Cross, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Trey Anastasio, Little River Band, Larry Carlton, Sting, Stevie Wonder,  Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, John Legend, Jamie Fox, Melissa  Etheridge, Jermaine Jackson, Mariah Carey, Public Enemy, Shakira, Busta Rhymes, Emmylou Harris, Mary J. Blige Anita Baker, Paul Shaffer, Dierks Bentley, Pam Tillis, Ashley Cleveland, Bootsy Collins, MC Lyte, KRS-One, Vernon Reid, Delbert McClinton, Big Daddy Kane, The Pointer Sisters, Emmylou Harris,  Wynonna Judd, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan, Luke Combs, Warren Haynes, Sonny Landreth, Little Big Town - Eric Johnson, Larry Carlton, Deena Carter, Paul Schaffer, and his own venture - The Big Greasy. 

On another note, Wes also played on Broadway. “I have made whip crack sounds for John Lithgow in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” says Little. “I have played quite possibly the largest set up in the world of drums and percussion in the show BKLYN. I acted the part of a drummer that couldn't speak in the show "Once Around the Sun.” I also played in a big bang on stage for 3 months in a show of “Rat Pack, Live at  the Sands."  

Thanks so much to Smith Curry for making our introduction.

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