Kevin Murphy

328 – Kevin Murphy: Pulling back the curtain of the touring world

Kevin Murphy, the Nashville touring drummer who’s known for his work with Tonic, Randy Houser, and Big & Rich among others, opens up for a candid conversation. We delve into the realities of being a touring drummer, the opportunity costs associated with it and why the it’s not always as glamorous as it sounds. Make no mistake about it, we all play drums because we love it…not because we want to become rich.

Kevin Murphy talks about:

  • Why Instagram is a good / bad thing
  • Our mutual love for Nate Smith
  • The downfalls of over-analyzing
  • Pride and criticism
  • How much touring drummers actually get played
  • The realty of opportunity costs as a musician
  • The importance of musicality and taste
  • Adjusting from smaller rooms to bigger rooms
  • Much more

Resources / People / Links mentioned:

Kevin Murphy Plays:

  • Ludwig Drums
  • Zildjian Cymbals
  • Aquarian Drumheads
  • Vater Drumsticks
  • RootsEQ

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6 replies
  1. John
    John says:

    Kevin is one of my top 5 favorite drummers ever! He’s truthfully honest and easily approachable when I see him around Nashville.
    Great podcast!

  2. Frank Ferraro
    Frank Ferraro says:

    I’ve heard alot of interviews but rarely do you learn about these business details for drummers. Excellent info!

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