Chris Fryar is a member of one of the most popular music groups in the world, the Zac Brown Band. We were fortunate to have him join us for an exclusive interview from his Birmingham area home.
In this episode Chris tells us about his start in drumming and how it lead to him attending the University of North Texas. After a quick tenure there he found himself at the Mississippi University for Women where he basically created his own course path in the music department. After a successful time at MUW Chris was ‘fired’ from school by one of his professors who urged him to move forward with his professional career.
At that time Chris relocated to Birmingham and we go over his thought process for why that plan worked for him. We then discuss how he established himself as one of the area’s busiest drummers and how it lead to his role with Oteil Burbridge and the Peacemakers. Through the grapevine of working musicians he was recommended to Zac Brown when the band needed a new drummer. From there we discuss life on the road and do a full run down of his gear. We finish off the show with the requisite DWG Rorschach Test.
Follow Chris at his personal web site as well the Zac Brown Band web site at the following links:
If you are in the Atlanta area on April 9th please come by the Vista Room to hear Chris perform along with a host of Atlanta’s finest musicians for a special tribute to Steve Gadd.
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