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Artist biography George Lawrence
Hailing from Jackson Mississippi, George Lawrence has lived and worked in the major music centers Los Angeles, Nashville, and Muscle Shoals Alabama, recording and touring with some of the best musicians and recording artists from around the world.
George Lawrence is known for his "deep pocket groove" and his ability to inspire other musicians to play their best. He is currently touring and recording with the infamous veteran band Poco, and playing other free lance sessions and gigs.
George Lawrence’s life long involvement with drum shops as a teacher led to the fulfillment of one of his lifelong dreams, the establishing in 2002 of George’s Drum Shop in the Akron/Cleveland, Ohio area where he teaches, repairs, builds and sells drums when he is not on the road. His drumming styles range from funk, R&B, soul music, blues, country, rock from classic to metal, pop, big band jazz, be-bop jazz and jazz-rock fusion music.
George Lawrence spent many years as a recording studio "session cat" and reads standard transcription and Nashville number charts flawlessly. He has played drum set in every imaginable setting including concert arenas, videos, TV, clubs, churches, symphony orchestras, and clinics.
A true professional sideman, George Lawrence is available to work gigs, recording sessions and clinics anywhere in the world.
George Lawrence is very active in the drumming community both locally and nationally, attending drumming festivals and conventions around the country as a performer and clinician as well as hosting his own small and large events in Ohio, from weekly hand drum circles to his Annual George's Drum Shop Drum Festival.
He has taught thousands of students, many who have gone on to become professional drummers and some who have become famous drummers, most notably Keith Carlock, also from Mississippi who is now recognized as one of the top drummers in America today, working with the likes of Steely Dan, Sting and James Taylor. Pro and aspiring pro drummers from around the country seek George out for the highest level of instruction on the drumset.
George Lawrence is married to Dr. Nancy Odell of Akron, Ohio and has two children, Paul, 26 and Jennifer, 19, both drummers. His hobbies include writing and reading, designing and building musical instruments and writing drum instruction books.
George Lawrence has performed with: Tanya Tucker, Diamond Rio, Poco, Little Milton Campbell, Johnny Taylor, Bobby Blue Bland, Shirley Brown, The Kinleys, Georgia Middleman, Delbert McClinton, Susan Tedeschi, Peter Wolf, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section: David Hood, Jimmy Johnson, Clayton Ivey, Will Macfarland, Percy Sledge, The Wilkinsons, Reggie Young, Larry Stewart, Keb' Mo, Dave Alvin, Vince Gill Tour, Lucinda Williams, Terry McBride and the Ride, Great Plains, Thrasher Shiver, T. Graham Brown, Buffalo Club, Russ Zavitson, Tony Haselden, Jim Horn, the Muscle Shoals Horns, Fred Knobloch and Radio Free Nashville, The Tennessee Jazz Orchestra, Micheal Brecker, Gary Herbig, Icarus Johnson, Alex Harvey, The Seawind Horns, Brent Bougois, Larry Tagg, Jim Messina, Kenny Loggins, Steve Lukather, Mike Porcaro, Lenny Castro, Margaret Allison and the Angelic Gospel Singers, The Jackson Southernaires, The Christianaires, Thrasher Shiver, The Buster Brown Band, The Williams Brothers, Uncle Rainbow Noel Haggard, The J.D. Borman Band, North Texas State Jazz Lab Bands, The Royal American Showmen, Richard Page, Steve George , Thom Rotella, Lee Ritenour, Eric Tagg, Don Alias, Phillip Kennard, Phillip Claypool, The Lonesome Romeos, G. C. Cameron, Yazoo Beach, Mose Allison, The Guy Smiley blues Exchange, Semmes Blurton Big Band