Barry Kerch

428 – Barry Kerch (Shinedown): Never give up

Shinedown’s Barry Kerch is right where he’s always wanted to be: Playing drums full time in a major touring band. From the outside it’s hard to imagine Barry doing anything else than playing drums, but that wasn’t always the case. A relocation, a new job and thoughts of giving up the dream of playing professionally challenged Barry for years before a serendipitous recording audition and recording session with a new band came his way. Barry got the gig, recorded the record and the rest, as they say, is history:

Barry Kerch talks about:

  • Growing up with a younger brother as an influence
  • How he got into playing drums
  • Why he almost quit trying to pursue drums as a career
  • The Shinedown audition and recording session that started it all
  • His love for all styles of music
  • The ups and downs of touring
  • Dealing with fame
  • Much more

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2 replies
  1. Christy Carver
    Christy Carver says:

    This was Awesome! I really enjoyed listening to Barry talk drums and how he started with the band. How he put the drums on hold for almost 2 months till he got that call. Im so glad he never gave up. Was great learning more about him and his life. Thank you for this!

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