Andrew McNeill

Andrew McNeill is a Memphis-born studio/touring drummer. He is a product of the Stax Music Academy in Memphis, as well as Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Playing since the age of 7, Andrew has come to develop one main goal behind the drum kit (inspired by the great Steve Jordan) : “Protect the Groove.” He does this by striving to make the groove feel good, keeping it in the pocket, and making sure every note he plays comes from his soul. As a student and alumnus of the Stax Music Academy, Andrew was able to share the stage in performance with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, David Bryan(Bon Jovi), Beverley Knight, Victor Wooten, Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Rance Allen, William Bell, George Clinton, Sam Moore, and Kirk Whalum. Following his time in high school and attending the Stax Academy, McNeill took his learning to Boston, MA where he attended Berklee College of Music on a full-tuition scholarship. During his time at Berklee, Andrew studied with distinguished drummers like Kenwood Dennard and Dave Weigert. He even got the opportunity to sit in with legendary bassist Victor Wooten for a second time. After spending a year and a half stint at Berklee, Andrew started receiving calls to go on tour, and wanted to step up his career. He knew it was time to head back home to Memphis. McNeill continues his professional career today back in Memphis, where he is based. He is the full-time drummer for Ghost Town Blues Band. Andrew also continues to perform/record with artists like Chris Milam, Faith Evans Ruch, Drew Erwin, McKenna Bray, Will Tucker, Art Edmaiston, Logan Hanna, The Last, the Blue Silk Band and Finding Philadelphia. He has also worked with artists such as Daryl Hance(JJ Grey & Mofro), Bruce Sudano, Skylar Gregg, Reed Turchi and The Caterwauls, Cait Brennan, Fernando Perdomo, Deborah Manning, Eleanor Tallie, Wind vs. Sun, Other Stories, the Sarah Messias Band, The McNeill Brothers, and his own APJ Trio. Andrew also served for three years as a aspiring producer/assistant engineer at the iconic Ardent Studios, having worked with artists such as Wilco, Switchfoot, Those Pretty Wrongs, Jerry Lawler, and Todd Agnew. Always a student and lover of all kinds of music, Andrew continues to strive to grow as a creative musician, and reach new heights with the artists he works with. He draws inspiration from his drumming heroes, including his mentor Steve Jordan, Al Jackson Jr., Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Steve Gadd, Steve Potts, Howard Grimes, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr, John Bonham, Carter Beauford…and MANY, MANY others.

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