If you ever hear Jason Boland and the Stragglers then you have heard the awesome beats of Brad Rice. Originally from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma he now resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma!
His hobbies include: “I love to play drums, play disc golf, work out, cook, spend time with my wife and two sons, and read (the classics).”
When and why did you start playing?
“I started on the piano when I was about 6, then joined the junior high band in 6th grade. I started playing because I come from a musical family, my mother is an accomplished pianist. I grew interest in the drums when the junior high band came to my elementary and performed for us.”
Which instruments do you play?
“I still play the piano, but only for myself at home. I enjoy plunking out chords and singing Jamie Liddell tunes. “
What were the first songs you learned?
“The first songs I learned on piano were pretty much your standards, ie) Twinkle, Twinkle, Heart and Soul, The Entertainer etc. I stayed in the band and orchestra throughout Highschool, so I learned a plethora of material from my public school teachers and tutors, ranging from concert band to drumline to the Oklahoma City Youth Symphony.”
Doesn’t this man have amazing talent!
Is your family musical?
“My family is very musical, Mom plays piano, my sister was very into ballet, and both my sons are learning to play the piano. My niece is a burgeoning concert violinist, so it definitely runs in the family. “
Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?
“I love Dave Weckl, Ginger Baker, Victor Wooten, John Coltrane, Chick Corea, Mastodon, Sparta, Dave Brubeck, TOOL, and Buddy Rich. I’ve learned from all of these people, but probably the most from Buddy Rich. “
Which famous musicians have you learned from?
“I’ve lived a very musical life, but traveling to and playing in Europe is a high point. Opening for Kid Rock at the Zoo Amphitheater in OKC is for sure a standout, as well as recording an album with Shooter Jennings. Playing and singing with my mother is also hugely influential on my musical roots, she’s my first source of inspiration. ” Aww that kinda brings tears to my eyes! I bet his Momma is super proud of him!
Were you influenced by old records & tapes?
“I’d say I’m more influenced by cassette tapes than records. My first tape was Michael Jackson’s Thriller.”
What is a typical week like for you?
“A typical week: arrive home on a Sunday, spend time with my family, run my sons to their piano lessons, tennis practice etc, daily gym visits, leave town on Wednesday or Thursday, fly to Austin to meet the bus, play shows, repeat :)”
What’s your favorite thing about being on the road?
“My favorite thing about being on the road is the unpredictability, least favorite part is being away from my family.”
What’s the funniest thing that’s happened on the road?
“The funniest thing about being on the road is the creative spellings we run across of The Stragglers; we’ve been billed as The Strangers, Stranglers, Strugglers (a personal favorite), Straglers, Jason Borland, Jason Bowen etc.”
Best place to eat while on the road?
“Some food favorites: Juicy Jim’s in Memphis, the Owl Cafe in Albuquerque, Hill Country Chicken in NYC, Hodad’s in Ocean Beach, Giordano’s in Chicago, and any Jimmy John’s (they deliver, it’s tough moving a tour bus around). “
What’s the best town play in?
“I love playing in Tulsa, Dallas, Austin, New York, San Diego, Chicago, Raleigh, Seattle and anywhere in Colorado!”
Thank you so much Brad! Your my twitter best friend!
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Xxx West Texas Sweetheart