Thoughts on Matt Sherrod

I thought Matt was quite good on the webcast. It seems he's still getting to know the older songs especially, and has yet to personalize his playing for them...as someone else said, he's sticking to the standard beat a lot of the time. But that could be due to many factors; maybe he was a bit nervous, or just playing it safe for his first performance with the band, which might be smart.

I noticed he had a damping ring on his snare, which gave it a kind of muted punchy sound. Maybe this was done because the setting was intimate and small. In general I'm curious how Matt will sound in a big festival setting, when he has more license to let loose, dig in, and just play *louder* and with more intensity. The chorus of "When You Come," for example, seemed a little polite on the webcast.

I guess that word applies to much of what I heard last night...his playing was a little polite in general. He did seem to be enjoying himself though, and really, he's only been with the band a few weeks at this point.

The band as a whole certainly sounded good with Matt on the drums, and I look forward to hearing him on tour in the US, when he's had plenty chance to sink into his role.
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