If you missed out on going to Bluesfest 2016, well we hate to break it to you but you missed out on one incredible festival. Punters who attended may have caught a set from The Tedeschi Trucks Band – the all-star eleven-piece unit featuring Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks.
One of the highlights of the eleven-piece’s performance was undoubtedly the drumming duo of Tyler Greenwell and JJ Johnson – two of Sakae’s most prized endorsees. Although they seamlessly intertwine on stage, both drummers had a different path to becoming a drummer for The Tedeschi Trucks Band.
Growing up in Austin, Texas, JJ was surrounded by a variety of music from the very beginning. He has worked with many notable artist including Charlie Sexton, Doyle Bramhall, Boz Scaggs and John Mayer – who he teamed up with in 2003 for a 7-year stint before working with TTTB.
On the other hand, Tyler Greenwell grew up in Pensacola, Florida playing in many cover and original bands. He started touring right out of high school, eventually landing a gig with Col. Bruce Hampton, which to led to him moving to Atlanta, GA in the early 2000’s. Through Bruce, Tyler was introduced to Mrs Susan Tedeschi and shortly thereafter began playing with Susan. After many years with Susan, she and husband Derek Trucks formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which Tyler has been a member of since 2010.
If one thing is certain, it’s both drummers admiration for Sakae drums. “My choice for teaming with Sakae was plain and simple,” explains Johnson. “The Trilogy series is the exact sound that I’ve been looking for in a modern drum company. Aside from that, there is strong sense of family and dedication.” Greenwell adds, “I am very excited to be working with the Sakae family. To be able to work with these artisans – drum makers of the highest calibre – is an honour to say the least. The craftsmanship is exquisite, very subtle and very clean. The sound is everything I’ve ever wanted in a drum, timeless, classic and true. How they’ve achieved this in a new drum is truly a mystery to me, yet they’ve done just that.”
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