John Bowling (JB/ Big Sticks)

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Born in Houston, Texas is how this drummer’s story begins. He sat behind the drums for the first time at 9 years old and later taught drum lessons in DFW and Austin.  John has established himself as a feel/pocket drummer with a big foot.  Musicians know him as “Big Sticks” while others simply know him as JB. If you see him play live, what you will remember about him is his massive presence behind the drum kit. JB lives to serve the song.  Being a child of the ’70s and ‘80s, he gets his groove and feel from his primary influence, the rock master John Bonham (Led Zeppelin’s infamous drummer).  As he began to get into more progressive rock, he dove head first into players like Neil Peart (RUSH) and Leonard Haze (Y&T). 

Influences:  John Bonham, Neil Peart, Leonard Haze, Frank Bread, Ian Paice, Steward Copeland, Todd Sucherman, Jeff Porcaro, Simon Phillips, Ringo Starr, Mike Portnoy, Jason Bonham, Buddy Rich, Nicko McBrain, Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Steve Gadd, Aaron Spears

Favorite Food:  Mexican and Mediterranean

Favorite Vacation Spot:  Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Favorite Drink:  Exotic tequilas, margaritas on any world class beach, and Laguintas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin. Bourbon however doesn’t make his Top 10.

Desert Island Albums:  The entire Led Zeppelin catalog, Blackberry Smoke-Whippoorwill, The Winery Dogs-The Winery Dogs, and Velvet Revolver-Contraband

Greatest Live Concerts:  Deep Purple, ZZ TOP, RUSH, and Velvet Revolver

First Song He Learned to Play:  Rock and Roll – Led Zeppelin

Little Known Facts:  JB loves motorsports, specifically NHRA TOP Fuel Nitro Dragster and Funny Cars, AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross.  He is an avid hunter, gun enthusiast and hits the golf course any chance he gets.

Equipment:  DW Drums and Snares and Hardware, Ludwig Drums and Snares, Pearl Snare, Zildjain Cymbals, LP Percussion, DW and Tama Pedals.

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