Keith Carlock

Keith Carlock

Steely Dan

Keith Carlock is a professional drummer currently residing in New York City, NY and Nashville, TN.

He has recorded and/or toured with such musical luminaries as Steely Dan, Sting, John Mayer, James Taylor, TOTO, Christopher Cross, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, The Blues Brothers Band, Mike Stern, Leni Stern, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Rudder, Harry Belafonte, Oz Noy, Larry Carlton, Clay Aiken, Rascal Flatts, Paula Abdul and Grover Washington, Jr, and many more.

Keith was voted Number 1 Pop Drummer, Number 1 Fusion Drummer, and Number 1 Best All-Around Drummer in Modern Drummers 2009 Readers Poll.

Keith released an instructional DVD with Hudson Music entitled œThe Big Picture: Phrasing, Improvisation, Style, & Technique".

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  • Most memorable Next-Level Performance

    I try to "get to that zone" every time I play. My most memorable ones are usually in a small club with an intimate audience that are listening very intently. It brings out a different focus.
  • What Drives Your Creativity?

    Any musician who is pushing the boundaries or just playing anything on a really high level. It can be very simple or complex, but played masterfully.
  • Why do you choose Vic Firth?

    I use my Keith Carlock signature stick because they feel amazing in the hands. The taper we used gives the stick a lot of natural bounce. The lacquer we used makes them feel more secure in the hands and less slippery. The weights are well balanced with each pair, so they are always consistent. They rock!