Drummer parts ways with blues guitarist after five years
Artist biography Bogie Bowles
Bogie Bowles began playing drums at the age of thirteen. A native of Greenville, South Carolina, Bogie's earliest influences were heavy metal bands like Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. He remembers wanting to play drums at age eleven and bugging his parents for a set. His dad finally gave gave in.
Bogie credits MTV as an early inspiration, "I remember watching videos by bands like Def Leppard and Toto. The drummers looked like they were having so much fun up there." In high school, listening to classic rock, Bogie Bowles discovered Led Zeppelin and as with most drummers, John Bonham's influence was a turning point for him.
"I had finally found someone who's playing I wanted to reproduce, not just play the songs, but to somehow get into this guy's head and figure out where it all came from and how he was expressing himself." During a summer at Berklee College of Music, Bogie began exploring other genres like R&B and Pop and admiring drummers like Jeff Porcaro, Steve Gadd and Freddy White.
While attending college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bogie Bowles and some friends founded the alternative band, "Knocked Down Smilin'"and began a seven year run, touring regionally and recording two independently released CDs.
Continuing his education as a drummer has always been a constant in Bogie Bowles's career. "About my sixth year with Knocked Down Smilin', I began to feel that my playing had leveled off. I felt like I needed more of a personal challenge and I also wanted to be able to express myself more easily in my music." Bogie sought out local drum guru Frank Worrell. "Frank had played a lot of jazz and had studied with Alan Dawson, I knew he could help me." Help he did. Through a series of exercises and lessons over the next eighteen months, Bogie's playing grew immensely. Still, he knew there was more he could do.
When Knocked Down Smilin' broke up, it was time to move to Los Angeles. Bogie Bowles's early admiration of Jeff Porcaro (Toto) led him to enroll at the LA Music Academy, where Jeff's father, Joe Porcaro, was an instructor. Thus began an intense, yearlong regimen of study and practice with such legendary teachers and performers as Ralph Humphrey, Mark Schulman, Mike Shapiro and of course, Joe Porcaro. "Those guys all had my respect before I got there. It felt like an honor to study under them, rather than something I had to do."
Upon graduation, Mark Schulman referred Bogie Bowles to guitarist Stevie Salas for a European tour. "That experience was life changing. Stevie was so specific about everything he wanted from me and really pushed me." Upon returning Bogie called Mark Schulman, "I told Mark I wanted to know every single thing I could improve in my playing. He was so great and helped me come up with three simple but challenging exercises. I worked on them for about six months at different tempos and dynamic levels and man, what an impact that made." Shortly thereafter, Bogie Bowles recorded a cd with college radio favorite Jeff Witzeman. "That was the first cd I listened back to and thought ,'That's exactly how I want to sound.'" Bogie joined My Precious Days around this time, playing local gigs, touring some and recording the cd "Ether".
In the fall of 2002 Ralph Humphrey asked Bogie Bowles to join the teaching staff at the LA Music Academy as a private instructor, teaching the entire curriculum including Afro Cuban, Jazz and Playing Techniques.
When Bogie Bowles began working with Producer Mark Hudson on some demo projects, Mark brought him on for percussion on Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming CD, due in Febuary 2005. A few weeks later Bogie auditioned for Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who's new CD,"The Place You're In" was about to be released. In the fall of 2004 Bogie began a year long US tour with Kenny.
The final two months of Kenny's tour were spent opening for the legendary B.B. King on his "80th Birthday Blues Celebration Tour". The other opening act was none other than Joe Bonamassa. Bogie Bowles and Joe met and enjoyed hanging out together on this tour. Each night they watched each other play with mutual respect and admiration. It was no wonder that when Kenny's tour ended and Joe wanted a new rhythm section, Bogie's phone rang. After just three rehearsals, Joe, Bogie, and long time Johnny Winter bassist Mark Epstein hit the road in November 2005.