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New Solo Record is Underway!
The Boy Is Gonna Rock – The Original Soundtrack

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Bobby’s fourth solo record will be a “soundtrack” to his new Amazon best-seller, The Boy Is Gonna Rock. Described as “an adventurous instrumental tribute to songs that inspired the story,” you can expect that classic BR power trio funk-rock sound, with lots of crazy drumming. This is set to include over-the-top remakes of a few iconic rock tracks, including Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, and Alice Cooper, with the likelihood of a VVI song put through the creative grinder.

The record will also feature Bobby’s custom “Alpha Kit,” and will be to sure to include some of Bobby’s latest percussive brainchild: alphabet drumming.

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The Alpha Kit is a 40-piece monstrosity, set-up in a 360-degree design. It features four bass drums, five snares, and a staggering variety of other instruments, from standard toms, timbales, octobans, and roto toms, to several of his custom-made, one-of-a-kind Radial Bridge “tube” and “bridge” drums.

Additionally, 26 of the 40 drums have each been assigned a different letter of the alphabet.  This is where the alphabet drumming concept comes into play.

“When I play the kit facing forward,” Bobby explains, “the set-up enables me to take more of a conventional approach. But when I do a 180 and play the back part of the kit, I have access to all of the ‘letter’ drums, and the option of getting into some alphabet drumming, my latest practice room obsession.  The general concept is, I can play various words, sentences, or paragraphs—in rhythm—almost as if the drums are a computer keyboard.

“Of course, there’s a whole backstory as to how it all came about, and how it was supposed to be this challenging, out-of-the-box new way of approaching the instrument from a heavy left-brain perspective.  (I’ll explain more later.)  But, I have to say: for as interesting and obscure of an idea as it is, it’s the sound and the musicality of this alphabet drumming thing that’s been blowing my mind the most.  I’ve just never heard anything like this before.”

Look for a Spring 2019 release of The Boy Is Gonna Rock: The Original Soundtrack. More details to follow soon.

In the meantime, check out Bobby’s three other solo releases at the Bobby Rock store. They are available individually, or in a specially-priced bundle with The Boy Is Gonna Rock. (All items from the Bobby Rock Store come autographed.)

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Here are some links to Bobby’s specialized blog posts featuring drum vids; Beautiful Drum Music:

Drum Solo

It’s no secret that I love to do drum solos. Grew up on ‘em. All my favorite players were monster soloists… and purveyors of the drumming art form in the process. Sadly, it’s become somewhat of a dying art, partly … Continue reading

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Embracing Excess – Ladies and Gentlemen, The Octopus!

A few years back I featured a special groove on my DVD, The Zen of Drumming, called “The Octopus.” It’s a one-bar pattern that utilizes 22 individual sound sources, and it had become a much-requested favorite from my solo drumming … Continue reading

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Beautiful Drum Music: Son of Timbale Jam

This is an improvisational Take-Two of another spontaneous solo excerpt (blemishes and all) that focuses on the left quadrant of my drum kit.  Again, it features the timbales, which have always been my favorite Latin Percussion instrument.  This “pre-meditated” improv … Continue reading

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Beautiful Drum Music: Timbale Jam

Here’s a spontaneous, improvised solo excerpt (blemishes and all) that focuses on the “left 11″ – the left-third of my drum kit.  It features the timbales, which have always been my favorite Latin Percussion instrument.  Enjoy… BR