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Kim Wilson of the Fabulous Thunderbirds: The deal is, to me, imperfection is perfection. Digital recording and going over and over and over a track as a vocalist, it's just hard on the ear. I think a lot of people maybe have gotten used to it. I never have.
Kyle Travers of Travers Brothership: I think music, for me at least, is something you feel more than something you think about. When I was 7 years old and I first heard the Beatles or (specifically) “Sgt. Pepper's,” I didn't think, "This is ingenious and creative." I felt it was ingenious and creative… if that makes sense. To take that to an improvisational sense, if you're playing a three-minute solo, and you have the eyes of a thousand people watching you and it's just you making up ideas off the top off your head… at the point you get caught thinking, you are dead in the water.
The flow stops, because now you're thinking, "Where are we headed next? Are we headed in the wrong direction?" You're (second) guessing yourself. You have to stop all your thinking and just feel the music, play what you feel.
In this interview with Chris Hayes, founding member of Huey Lewis & The News, we discussed:
Cris: You were the drummer and music director for Kellie Pickler for a number of years. Now you are playing with Easton Corbin. How have you adjusted your playing, going from Kellie to Easton?
Gregg Lohman: That's a great question. A lot of what we do on the road… you are playing somebody else's parts. With Kellie -- I was with her for over 10 years -- when we would learn a tune, we would start with the original (parts). And it would evolve or we would add some stuff to it. Over time she had (drummers) from Eddie Bayers to Shannon Forrest, Chad Cromwell, Greg Morrow… a bunch of different guys on her records. So for me it was great because I was able to learn and listen to what all of those guys did. And then when I switched to Easton, his first three records were all Eddie Bayers. So I have really gotten to dive into him more. One of the (new) tunes we are playing, it was Chris McHugh. He was with Keith Urban for years. He is great. That tune we play is kind of combination of programmed drums and live drums, which to me… I have a blast playing that.