In a country song, nothing contends with the vocal. Probably more so than in any genre, it completely bathes in the center stage limelight. But just like in any kind of music, all instruments in a song work in each other’s favor. Without the guitars or the piano, the vocal would fall flat. And especially in uptempo music, a song without the proper groove or rhythm section would have no heartbeat. This collection of MIDI focuses on just that – basic, sturdy drum grooves that can serve as the backbone in a mix without overpowering any other element. This is drum MIDI with just the right amount of flash to fall straight into place.
Expect anything from old school swing and classic country shuffle to the more modern pop and rock-influenced grooves heard in mainstream country today. Simply put – great, down-to-earth grooves covering the essentials of classic country drumming through the ages.
Works with EZdrummer, EZdrummer 2 and Superior Drummer 2 (optimized for 1 kick, 1 snare, 1 tom, 1 floor tom, 2 crash cymbals, 1 ride cymbal).
Name: Thor-Biörn Sandström
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
When and how did you discover your passion for music and how come you ended up behind the drums?
– As a kid, be it with silverware on the dinner table, with coat hangers or crochet hooks – I was banging on everything. I built my first own drum kit out of toy cardboard bricks, which seemed to have great resonance. For cymbals, I used promotional EPs. With that kit, I was drumming along to The Ventures, The Beatles, Hepstars, Shanes and many others. I got my first real drum kit when I was nine. I then started taking music classes through the community music school, played in big bands and later moved on to other opportunities.
What did you try to cover in this collection of grooves?
– Basic, practical rhythms that cover the whole gamut from ballads to Americana.
In today’s country, productions often include anything from synthesizers to sampled loops – much like modern, big pop productions. How do you feel about the evolution of country music and where do you see it go in the future?
– My feeling is that country music as a whole gives us the possibility to unconditionally tell the story of here and now, dreams and the future. Musically, I think the simple arrangement with a guitar, laid-back drums, steel and bass guitar will win in the long run.
Some of the songs that inspired Thor-Biörn for this collection of grooves.