Chesney Adds Wailers Band Member To Tour

posted April 19th, 2009 at 12:10 am

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by Josh Martn

The more music Kenny makes, the bigger and further he wants to take it. So for this year’s Sun City Carnival Tour he’s added Wailers band member Drummie Zeb on percussion:

“The more you play,” laughs Chesney, “the more you hear. And the more I hear, the more I want everybody else to hear it, too. I didn’t know if we were gonna be able to make it happen, but you never know until you ask – and when I called Drummie he was up for it.”

Drummie Zeb first met the high impact performer when the Wailers joined Chesney in Jamaica for the “Everybody Wants To Go To Heaven” video; later performing with the 4-time and current Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year on “The CMA Awards” telecast. More than a decade veteran of the Wailers, Zeb has spent the last 25years working with reggae legends Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman, Frankie Paul, Gregory Isaacs, Louis Pato, Marcia Griiths (one of the original I-3s) and the I-Tals.

“I think when we all jammed out at Tootsies the night before the Monday before the Awards,” Zeb says. “we played so much, we got comfortable inside each others music. I’m basically a trap player, but Shaun was on the kit – and I saw some congas, and figured that was how I could play, too. And I think Kenny remembered, you know, ‘Hey, Drummie really rocked those congas…’

“Whether it’s 44, 6/8, 5/4, 6/4…,” Zeb says of the new music ground he’s covering, “whatever it is, it’s just the whole way the rhythm excites and pushes the people. These arrangements (of Kenny’s) are so powerful and smoking – and I’ve got a whole percussion stand up there: conga, timbales, some shakers and bells… enough stuff I can start a fire with… And with Shaun, we work as one: he’s the backbeat and I play on the other side, so it’s a perfect call and response.”

“This adds a whole other flavor,” Chesney enthuses, “and it gives the music an undertow of what it feels like out on a boat, listening to the music drifting over your bow. Drummie plays great. He fits in with the guys and he brings a piece of this music that’s there but isn’t brought out usually. I think it’s kinda crazy having a Rastafarian on the road with a country band, and yet it makes perfect stuff.”

The Sun City Carnival Tour continues Thursday in Albuquerque.


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  • Papa Robbie

    That pic isn’t the same Drummie Zeb. That’s a picture of Drummie Zeb from Aswad. This article is about a different Drummie Zeb. I happen to personally know the man that this article is about so I know what I’m talking about. lol

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