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Tim Carman's (GA-20) Top 5 Influential Records

September 06, 2023

This week’s guest is Tim Carman. Tim international touring musician, session drummer, educator, and published author with both Alfred Music and Hudson Music. He’s released 5 books and we talk about all of them at the end of our chat. Tim currently records and tours extensively with GA-20, a three-time Billboard #1 blues trio as well as leading two of his own projects: Tim Carman & The Street 45s—a world-groove inspired funk band—and the Tim Carman Trio—a vintage organ jazz trio. He loves to shuffle and I loved this chat. Big shoutout to Zack from the podcast Working Drummer for connecting Tim and me. This was a fun one with excellent choices and one of my favorite honorable mentions in this shows history. So I hope you enjoy the 5 records that shaped Tim Carmen into the drummer he is today. Cheers!






Album - The Colour and the Shape

Artist - Foo Fighters

Release Year - 1997

Key Track(s) - All ("Hey, Johnny Park!")

Drummer - Dave Grohl


Album - Cracklin'

Artist - Roy Haynes with Booker Ervin

Release Year - 1963

Key Track(s) - Scoochie

Drummer - Roy Haynes


Album - Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology

Artist - The Meters

Release Year - 1995

Key Track(s) - Live Wire, Yea You're Right, Pungee, Cissy Strut

Drummer - Zigaboo Modeliste


Album - The Capitol Vaults Jazz Series: Big John Patton

Artist - Big John Patton

Release Year - 2011

Key Track(s) - The Silver Meter, Spiffy Diffy, String Bean

Drummer - Ben Dixon (First two tracks), Clifford Jarvis (String Bean)


Album - Natural Boogie

Artist - Hound Dog Taylor

Release Year - 1974

Key Track(s) - See Me In the Evening

Drummer - Ted Harvey