Well, folks, losing our dear friend and co-founder of Rock Soul Radio, Troy Parrish, was a HUGE blow to us. We love and miss him very much. Finding a replacement for him was going to be rough. Whoever we chose had big shoes to fill and we didn't want to rush it; we had to find THE perfect fit!
In the first two days after making the announcement that we were looking for a drummer we had more than 70 players send in audition materials! As Twinkle’s brother and de facto band manager I handled everything like I usually do, and by that I mean I handled everything with a great deal of panic and sleepless nights!
We whittled it down to 5 MASTERFUL players: Jeff Thal of Bumblefoot, David Douglas from Trip 2 Go, Lee Harrison of Monstrosity and Terrorizer Gavin Michael (former Twinkle drummer) and Pat McDonald of The Charlie Daniels Band! NONE of these guys have to "try out" for anybody! They are ALL incredible players and any one of them could have had the job and been great! Choosing one was indeed difficult.
Pat, of course, will be going back out on the road with Charlie so we booked as many shows with him as we could (we are forever grateful my friend). Pat, Gavin and Lee are all personal friends of ours that we have a lot of love for and we now hopefully have made new friends of Dave and Jeff!
None of them got to do a single rehearsal with the band! They all just showed up and played with us LIVE (no pressure, though). ALL of them are amazing, gifted players.
Then out of nowhere comes this guy Benny (formerly of Big Engine) and we just clicked! He’s a great player, a great person and it felt like we had been playing together forever! He’s an incredible performer too! A real entertainer! We hope you are as excited as we are to welcome to Twinkle and Rock Soul Radio Mr. Benny Puckett !!!