Ezra Lipp

Dedication. Passion. Creativity. Heart.

14 - Russ Lawton (Trey Anastasio Band): Working Musician For Life

Russ Lawton is a Vermont based drummer best known for his years of work as the syncopated, driving engine behind the Trey Anastasio Band, whom he has been performing and collaborating with since it's inception in 1998. Now In his early 60's, Russ has had a fruitful career as a working musician for decades prior to ever meeting Trey, and his relentless work ethic continues today. In addition to touring with TAB, he co-leads and tours with the band Soule Monde along with TAB keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, he is in demand session player in the New England Area, he writes, records and produces his own pop/rock songs, teaches drums, and continues to keep up a disciplined practice routine after many years in the saddle.

I first met Russ about 15 years ago when I asked him to my home in Vermont to give me a drum lesson and I hadn't seen him since until we recently reconnected in California! In this episode Russ talks about some of his early experiences as a drummer in various bands pre-Trey Band, as well as what it's been like working and collaborating with Trey, how he stays healthy on the road, insights into his longevity and continued success, and much more! Please Enjoy!

Russ Lawton's Official Website

Russ and Ray's Band Soule Monde (Rope-a-Dope Records)

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