Monday, May 22, 2017

KEVIN BROWN-ON THE ROAD WITH BRANCHES-WHITE FLAG TOUR-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 15....

Kevin Brown (The Show Ponies) has been on the road with Branches on the White Flag Tour which just ended last week. He had his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 15 along with him, and he has been using that drum as one of his mains for quite some time now. He also has toured extensively with The Show Ponies with that drum, and included it on their recent album "How It All Goes Down" on the track "Kalamazoo". 

Great hearing from you as always Kevin. Gotta say....Love your vintage Rogers kit...! Thanks for everything....  






Saturday, May 20, 2017

ZACK STEWART IN S.I.R. STUDIO'S....BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 15.....

Zack Stewart was in S.I.R. Studios this week working on some new tunes from Josh Thompson. He had his Sonor Vintage Series kit, and his Beier 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 15. This is also a combination he uses on the road as well.

I'll be seeing Zack live on July 22nd on the Josh Thompson Tour this Summer. This band knocks me out, Zack is an amazingly talented drummer, and he is great guy to boot. Definitely a recipe for a great time. 

There will be another of the 1.5 Steel Series on this tour as well. News to follow.....!










Friday, May 19, 2017

CHAD MELCHERT-NEW RELEASES-MIKAILA COOPER AND CODIE PREVOST-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 14...

Chad Melchert (Gord Bamford, CCMA Drummer Of The Year 2016) is one of the most sought after and respected session and live drummers in Canada, and has been for quite some time. This week two new singles were released with him behind the kit: Mikaila Cooper's "Boys Got A Girlfriend", and Codie Prevost's "You Won't Sleep Tonight". Both of these singles he used his 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 on.

Chad also used his 1.5 Steel--4 x 15 on Bret Kissel's "Pick Me Up", and Alex Runion's "Passenger Seat". As well, there are a number of new releases coming up with both drums, and will update the Latest News when they are out.  

Thank You Chad as always....









NEW SINGLE FROM MIKE McCARROLL-DAVID NORTHRUP-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 15......

Mike McCarroll is in constant production it seems, and he just released another single: "Too Old And Too Country". One of his go-to drummers is Nashville icon David Northrup, and I was thrilled he used his 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 on this track. David also used that same drum on Mike's releases "Twanglish", and "My Guns". He also was in the studio this week with him and recorded three new tracks for Mike's upcoming album with his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 & 4 x 15. 

Previously, David used his 1.5 Steel--4 x 15 on Chris Taylor's "Good People", Peter Brandon's "4", Oak Ridge Boys "Celebrate Christmas", & Becky Moore's "Trust". He also was the producer for "Good People", and "4". 

I am always-always in anticipation of new releases, and am really looking forward to Mike's new album. You can catch David live on the Oak Ridge Boy's tour in progress, and in June he will be starting on the road with Boz Scaggs. Thank You David Northrup and congrats to Mike McCarroll on yet another great tune...












Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NICK FORCHIONE LIVE AT THE RYMAN TONIGHT WITH THE PEACH PICKERS-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14....

The Peach Pickers are co-hosts tonight at The Ryman for what is going to be a great show: Georgia On My Mind. Nick Forchione will have his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 along, and will update this story after the show. Thanks Nick!....





Friday, May 5, 2017

PETER RESLINSKI-THUNDER BAY BLUES FESTIVAL WITH DRIVEN-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--7.5 X 15....

Peter Reslinski and his band-Driven-are on the bill for the Thunder Bay Blues Festival which runs from July 7th-9th. The band will be playing on Sunday, July 9th, and will be opening the day. He mentioned to me that he picked up the 1.5 Steel--7.5 x 15 from Fork's for this, and it really looks like it is going to be a great time.

That drum has been manufactured at Beier Drums since 2013, and was formerly the 1.5 Steel--8 x 15. Really looking forward to your feedback Peter.....Thanks Again! Will be in touch....     







DAVID NORTHRUP-BOZ SCAGGS 2017 TOUR-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 12....

Nashville legend, and one of the most admired and respected drummers I know: David Northrup, just joined Boz Scaggs band and will be on his 2017 Tour. He will have his 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 12 along with him as well on the road.

David spent the last three & half years touring non-stop with the Oak Ridge Boys. I saw their Christmas Show three times, and will never forget those shows. Without a doubt, those shows will always rank as one of the great musical memories with me. He used a 1.5 Steel--4 x 15, 5.5 x 14, 6.4 x 14, & 6.5 x 15 at them, and a 6.5 x 14 on tour as one of his mains. He also used that drum in clinics along with the 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 12. As well, he used a number of the 1.5 Steel Series on his last three studio records with the Oak Ridge Boys, Peter Brandon, & Chris Taylor.

He is a non-ending source of information and insight, and through one of our discussions at a show we talked about sizes of drums. At that time I had not done a 12" snare drum, and he really encouraged me to do one. I had a shell which was actually a mistake, was made too small, but I kept it. Honestly, it was something I was always stepping over or throwing in a box, and it was kind of a rusted heap at this point. I took care of all that, and that drum has been a phenomenal addition to the 1.5 Steel Series.

I am really hoping to see David live with this new band this Summer. I have a lot on my itinerary coming up, but for sure am going to try to make it to one of the shows that are within reach distance wise. I am really happy this band comes around to this area as often as they do. David has been a great friend to me, and it is always a great time to see him play live.

Congratulations David on a great new gig.....See you soon~











 

STEVE MACIVER-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--6.5 X 14-BUFFALO DRUM OUTLET.....

Sending out a big Thank You to a new customer and a new dealer this morning: Steve Maciver & Buffalo Drum Outlet in Depew, NY. 

Steve walked in Buffalo Drum Outlet in April and inquired about a 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14. Paul, the owner, gave me a call. Steve is already using the drum and loves it. (His initial comment is below). It was really great dealing with both of them, and they made this transaction super easy.  

I will certainly be updating this as I get more news from Steve, and any new stock arriving at Paul's store. Really appreciate everything you two!

"Jim, very happy with the snare. It's already becoming my go-to snare. Love it."

Steven Maciver







Wednesday, May 3, 2017

TOMMY HARDEN IN NASHVILLE-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--4 X 15...

Great to be in touch here recently with Tommy Harden. He has been using a 1.5 Steel--4 x 15 for quite some time now as one of his mains, and that is always wonderful to hear. He is a timeless legend, and as well, is just a great guy.

His on-going project with his wife Lorrie-Lost Hollow, is heading back tot the UK for a round of gigs pretty soon here, and they recently posted a series of videos which really have drawn a big viewership: The Live At Lattitude clips....Link below. Take a minute to check in with these...Great band!

Appreciate everything Tommy....





ACHIM FAERBER-LIVE WITH PROJECT PITCHFORK-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14...

A great set of pics came in of Achim Faerber live with Project Pitchfork in Germany. This band is easily one of the most enduring and successful bands since it's inception in 1989, and they continue to to be a hugely successful draw.

Achim is one of the three live-simultaneous drummers they perform with. He holds seats with Eisbrecher, Prag, Automat, Peter Heppner, and others, and overall is one of the most respected session and live drummers in Europe.

He currently has a 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 & 5.5 x 15, and has also used a 6.5 x 14. His primary drum though has always been the 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14. That drum is his main for live & studio work, and he has used it on the last 10 records he has been on. He also will be starting with a new size from Beier Drums here shortly. Will update this as always..

Thank You Achim.....








  

   

Sunday, April 30, 2017

PETER RESLINSKI-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--7.5 X 15...FORKS DRUM CLOSET.....

Many Thanks going out to Peter Reslinski here. He just picked up a 1.5 Steel--7.5 x 15 from Fork's Drum Closet in Nashville. I really appreciated it Peter, and like I told you: YOU were great to deal with! Will look forward to your updates. Thank You as well to Matt Forkum and Forks Drum Closet Nashville...One of the great drum shops in this country....


Not for the faint of heart! Thanks to James Beier for this incredible snare! It's a head ripping 7.5 x 15. No typo, a 15 inch snare. The sound is huge, sorry neighbors, but it's a good huge.
Jim could not have been more helpful with assisting in this purchase. This man hand builds a truly incredible instrument, and is one of the nicest guys in the business! He creates many varieties of his 1.5 Steel Snare Series from scratch, and at a great price point for such an gorgeous instrument.
Thanks also to Matt from Forks Drum Closet in Nashville for a seamless transaction and quick shipping!"   Peter Reslinski







MIKE COLLINS & UFO IN CHICAGO...BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14 & 4 X 15.....

At the end of March and into April I have been gone a lot. This year has been busier than normal with a lot friends and drummers heading out for shows. One of Rocks most beloved bands-UFO, had a Spring Tour with Saxon. Mike Collins pretty much summed it up below! It was such a blast getting to meet Mike and talk drums, and for the three of us to catch up with Andy Parker. Andy had his main-The 1.5 Steel--6.5 x 14 with him as he has for a number of years now. 

Mike and I chat on and off, and have since the day he got 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14. That is his main, and he has used that drum in countless live shows, and in the studio. Several records were Metts-Ryan-Collins, Kevin Hahn's (Opal Studio) Into Oblivion, and there are more that will soon be released. He has been behind the kit for Dan Reed, Throwback Suburbia, Dilana, Earl Slick, and a long list of others. He is involved in numerous live projects, is constantly working, and has been one of the most in demand players in the Northwest for some time. Talking as much as we did, it truly truly was amazing to hear where he has been, and who he has worked with it. He also has been a  Pearl Artist for quite some time.

He is just beginning with his 1.5 Steel--4 x 15, and will update the Latest News as he works with the drum. Thank You Mike Collins! Like we discussed, we are going to have to try to make this an annual. UFO is heading out in the Fall again here, and this time it is my turn to fly out for a show. I really appreciate your support, friendship, and the fact you have one of my drums with you wherever you go. We will Talk Soon for sure!  









"This photograph represents one of those moments where things come full circle. About six years ago I was fortunate enough to meet the members of the band UFO (thank you Krishta!). For those who know me well, you know how much I love UFO! The first time I heard the band I was 13 years old and I was instantly hooked.
So it was an honor to meet one of my drum heroes-Andy parker. Of course we got to talking drums and I told him how impressed I was by the sound of his snare drum and asked him what kind it was. He told me it was made by a company called Beier Drums and gave me one of their business cards. The next day I emailed James Beier (the owner) and told him I loved the sound of Andy's snare drum and would love to get one for myself. He got back to me immediately and within a week or two I was the proud owner of a Beier snare drum. He then added me to his website and has since featured me in his newsletters whenever I'm in the studio or on the road using his snare drum. All this time I've never had the opportunity to meet James because he lives in Wisconsin and I live out here in Portland. A few months ago I saw that UFO was going to tour the US but they weren't coming anywhere near Portland. I did see that they were playing in the Chicago area and decided to contact James and asked if he wanted to meet at the UFO show in St. Charles. He thought that was a great idea and this past weekend we finally met face-to-face and hung out with Andy before and after the show. I'll forever be grateful for meeting Andy that first time a few years back and I'm especially grateful for having the opportunity to finally meet James! I could never thank him enough for his ongoing support and friendship.
My Beier snare drum is the best snare drum I've ever owned and will continue to be my go-to whenever I'm in the studio or performing live. Thank you James for an amazing time in St. Charles last weekend. I'll never forget it!"   Mike Collins





Saturday, April 29, 2017

STEVE FRUDA OF THE ELEMENTS-BEIER 1.5 STEEL--5.5 X 14-FORK'S DRUM CLOSET......

I have been in touch and regularly follow Steve Fruda of The Elements. He is a great communicator, an astute musician, and his clips of the band I always tune into.

Recently he picked up a 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 from Fork's in Nashville. He had a lot of questions on and off during our discussions about my 13" drums. Those drums are just being finished and introduced. So....This was a surprise, and a very welcome one. This drum is going to work extremely well with him, and his comments are below.

His kit (Compact Clubber) is in the May Issue of  Modern Drummer as well in Kit Of The Month. I am very excited that the 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 will be behind this kit now, and undoubtedly I will have updates from him for the Latest News.   

Thank You Steve for everything. I am very much looking forward to staying in touch as always, and continuing our drum discussions. Hope the band is having a great time in Nashville this weekend! 

"The Beier 1.5 Steel--5.5 x 14 sounds amazing. It is dynamic, sensitive, and produces a beautiful tone. Thanks for everything Jim!"

Steve Fruda