Everything you need to know about being a professional drummer…and a few things you may not want to know. Hosted by Matthew Crouse and Zack Albetta: the podcast Working Drummer covers it all in interviews with dynamic range of pro drummers.
With nearly 200 episodes and counting, Working Drummer Podcast is the source for those interested in what it’s like to be a professional drummer. We hear from a diverse range of musicians who represent many different genres and scenes. Each weekly interview features a performer with a sometimes less recognizable name but always impressive body of work. This unique approach has garnered a niche audience hungry for unfiltered stories about making a living as a musician today. The podcast has also featured some drumming heroes and mentors such as Peter Erskine, Eddie Bayers, Gregg Morrow, Steve Smith, Rich Redmond, Jason Sutter and Chad Cromwell.
Matthew Crouse and Zack Albetta are full-time musicians with the experience and insight to ask the often-overlooked questions. You can stream all the episodes here at www.workingdrummer.net or subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.
Real talk for drummers…. by Mark Domme – May 21, 2016
“This podcast gives an inside look at the who’s, how’s, and why’s of the best studio/touring drummers out there today…..I enjoy hearing the behind the scenes stories and advice from the top guys.”
A functional and practical resource……..by WWS II – March 31, 2017“This podcast is awesome! Matt and Zack have a great grasp of what’s happening in the modern world of music. They are interviewing a nice variety of musicians who are in the trenches doing the work, playing, touring, teaching, and making music today, which gives a unique and approachable perspective.”
Matt has performed in Nashville’s biggest and most venerated music venues like Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Mercy Lounge, The Wild Horse and many clubs on Lower Broadway. He’s also worked in the beloved smaller clubs like The 5 Spot, The Sutler and The Basement. Matt has toured both regionally and nationally with Julie Roberts, Adam and Shannon Wright, Mark Selby, Eddy Raven, Billy Dean, Stephen Simmons, Canadian Country Music Hall of fame inductee – Michelle Wright, and Warner Brothers artist Jason Jones. From 2009 to 2017 Matt was the full time drummer for the band Savannah Jack. He played percussion on their first studio record in 2010 opposite Steve Ferrone on drums. Matt played drums and percussion for the band’s second studio record in 2015. He has also worked with some great folks like SheDaisy and Jo Dee Messina. In the studio, Matt has had the pleasure of working with talented producers including Eric Fritsch, Teddy Morgan, Jim Reilley and Brent Maher, recording with numerous artists including Sheryl Crow, Buzz Cason, and actor Kevin Costner.
Born and raised in Columbus Ohio, Matt spent his high school years at Fort Hayes vocational school for music and Capital University Conservatory of Music for college, studying under drum instructor Bob Breithaupt.
The musical diversity in Columbus gave Matt the chance to play with many great musicians and learning many different styles – from Big Band and Brazilian to Afro-Cuban and Fusion. All the while, he was doing his share of gigs with original rock bands and top 40 bands. Matt moved to Nashville in the summer of 1999 and since then, working as a freelance drummer has taken him to all 50 states in the U.S. and most of Canada, as well as overseas to Europe, Asia, The Middle East and The Caribbean.
In 2019, Matt continues to stay busy in Nashville performing live and in the studio with people like Sony artist Robert Counts, Michelle Wright, Julie Roberts, Reagan Boggs, Tony Haan, Robin Dean Salmon and The Matte Gray Band.
Matt endorses Aquarian Drumheads
Zack has called Atlanta home since 2016 and has become a go-to for some of the best talent in the Southeast, recording and touring with Delta Moon, The Atlanta Funk Society, The Equinox Orchestra, Ansley Stewart, and Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics. Prior to this, Zack spent five years in Los Angeles, where he performed most regularly with The Jennifer Keith Sextet, a retro-swing band led by Royal Crown Revue founder Mando Dorame, and as a staff musician at Disneyland. Other highlights of Zack’s L.A. resume include Grammy and Oscar winner Johnny Mandel, Grammy nominees Kim Richmond and Pete Christlieb, Jacques Lesure, Ty Bailie, Nick Mancini, Center Theatre Group, Musical Theatre West and 3D Theatricals.
Zack grew up in Sante Fe, NM, where he began drum lessons at age 8. Music was the focus of his high school years and he went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Ball State University in Indiana. In 2003, he entered graduate school at The University of Missouri-Kansas City. His primary mentor was alto sax legend and Grammy nominee Bobby Watson, and Zack also studied drumset with Doug Auwarter, a master drummer, author, and musicologist. In four years at UMKC, Zack earned Master’s degrees in Percussion Performance and Jazz & Studio Performance.
By the time he graduated in 2007, he was already in high demand on Kansas City’s rich and vibrant music scene. He spent the next three years playing with many of the area’s top artists and organizations including Bobby Watson, Mark Lowrey, The Kansas City Symphony, the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and the 18th & Vine Big Band, with whom he backed up three legendary vocalists – Mary Stallings, Ernie Andrews and five-time Grammy nominee Karrin Allyson.
When not gigging, Zack enjoys cooking, talking about cooking, and comparing everything in life to cooking.