Episode 7 with Kirk Covington 

My guest today is Mr. Kirk Covington. 

You know, out of all the musicians that I can think of, there aren’t many that are as freakishly talented as Kirk. I mean I know guys can play a little of this and that on drums and keys, guitar , that kind of thing. But Kirk plays at such a ridiculously high level on drums, keys and vocals that it’s kinda not fair!….. One of my favorite bands and a huge influence on my own playing was the band Tribal Tech with Scott Henderson on guitar. Kirk was a member of Tribal Tech for many years and manned the kit on many of their best records. He also worked with legends like Joe Zawinul, Alan Holdsworth, his own band Capt. Kirk, and was a member of the band Volto with Tool drummer Danny Carey. 

Kirk has a larger than life personality and he is always laughing and joking. I always enjoy playing and getting to hang with him. I thought he would be a no- brainer for a guest on Riff Raff and he proved me right. In this episode we talk about his North Texas State training, his influences, how Elvis helps him play a funky groove, Bobby Caldwell and Captain Beyond, odd meter grooves, Tribal Tech stories, some great Allan Holdsworth stories and much much more. I think you’ll love this one even if you aren’t a drummer!

9 comments

  • CPTK

    CPTK

    Yo SHANE this is way cool I love only hearin and not seein sometimes people!

    Yo SHANE this is way cool
    I love only hearin and not seein sometimes people!

  • Gerald Gradwohl

    Gerald Gradwohl Wiener Neustadt/Austria

    Hey Shane! Love that episode - it's always great to hear Kirk no matter if he's playing or talking ! :) by the way - I love your stuff! You are one of the funkiest guys I know! hope you have some new record out soon? best from Austria(I was on the road several times with Kirk..)

    Hey Shane!
    Love that episode - it's always great to hear Kirk no matter if he's playing or talking ! smile
    by the way - I love your stuff! You are one of the funkiest guys I know! hope you have some new record out soon?
    best from Austria(I was on the road several times with Kirk..)

  • Michael Whittaker

    Michael Whittaker Nashville, TN

    Kirk! thats a great story…LOl Love him, one of my favs, musically and as a human being..

    Kirk! thats a great story…LOl Love him, one of my favs, musically and as a human being..

  • Keith McGee

    Keith McGee Parlin, New Jersey

    Really great, especially the Holdsworth stories. Thanks for this Shane!

    Really great, especially the Holdsworth stories. Thanks for this Shane!

  • Tobbe Bergman

    Tobbe Bergman Sweden

    Thanks soo much for this great interview !

    Thanks soo much for this great interview !

  • phil Kelly

    phil Kelly Bellingham WA

    Yo Kirk! where are you these days ??? want devilment are you up to ??

    Yo Kirk! where are you these days ??? want devilment are you up to ??

  • Mathew Kerlin

    Mathew Kerlin New Bern NC

    Mitch Mitchell ..... Amazing and one of my faves

    Mitch Mitchell ..... Amazing and one of my faves

  • James Hogan

    James Hogan Sunny, FLA

    Excellent stuff guys! See you in a few weeks. -Hogan

    Excellent stuff guys! See you in a few weeks. -Hogan

  • Mike

    Mike Atlanta

    With each episode I'm increasingly floored by the awesomeness of this podcast. Thanks so much Shane -- please keep it up!

    With each episode I'm increasingly floored by the awesomeness of this podcast. Thanks so much Shane -- please keep it up!

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