Who is this guy?

Mike Meadows is a producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, based in Austin,TX. He is an award winning drummer and percussionist. Originally from Atlanta,GA, Mike has been playing music since age three. From Classical & Jazz to Rock & World Music he's seen it all (and played some of it too). His greatest passion is performing, creating, and recording a variety of musical styles all around the world. He is also co-inventor of The Black Swan Drum and co-founder of Swan Percussion. Mike's other passions include hypnosis, mind reading and other esoteric 'mystery' arts. Send all inquiries to meadowsdrums@gmail.com

Worked with?

Some artists Mike has performed and/or recorded with include: Ben Kweller, Hayes Carll, Shawn Colvin, Jenn Grant, John Fullbright, Sam Baker, Kris Kristofferson, porterdavis, Oh Pep!, Mary Gauthier, Travis Linnville, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Grahams, Leah Nobel, Giulia Millanta, Ray Bonneville, Amy Cook, Shawnee Kilgore, Sahara Smith, The BoDeans, Danny Schmidt, William Harries Graham & The Painted Redstarts, Jesse Dayton, Leeann Atherton, Julianne Banks, Marcus Brown, Will T. Massey, Roger Sellers, Yanka Rupkina, Michael Fracasso, Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds, Amy Sue Berlin, Garrett Lebeau, Kevin Welch, Dustin Welch, Ruthie Foster, Gurf Morlix, Ellis Paul, Johnsmith, Goodnight Moonshine/Molly Venter, Will Sexton, Robert Steele, Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis, Pierce Pettis, Sarah Bowman, The Bowmans, Nels Andrews, John Pointer, Kina Grannis, Amy Speace, Jon Vezner, Zoe Lewis, Charlie Faye, Kevin Carroll, Drummassage, Bukka Allen, Colin Gilmore, HuDost, Suzie Vinnick, Amilia K Spicer, The Hudsons, Randy Weeks, Ramsay Midwood, Kara Grainger, Lalo, Rachel Loy, Urban Grind, The Princely Players, Brian Webb, Nathan Hamilton, Kim Patty, Joe Lee King, The Nasty Clan, Sally Allen, Najeeb Sabour, Joni Bishop, Jason Weems, Mikele Kreitner, Aaron Navarro, Kristin Cifelli, Rana, geminarius, .WAV, Idgy Vaughn, honeydoglovewagon, MZ. Fishe and The New Groove, AvA, Mark Noseworthy, Far From Blue, Nine Times Blue, Philip Boone, Kirk Waldrop, The Atlanta Boy Choir, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and many others.

Of Special Note

Mike has traveled to Ghana, West Africa twice now, to study the music of the Ewe, Dagara, and Ga people with the Agbeli family and Bernard Woma. He plans on continuing his studies there and looks forward to future visits! He also traveled to Zimbabwe in 2012 & 2014 and was fortunate enough to study Mbira with one of the masters, Newton Gwara (aka 'Matemai'). He looks forward to more studies with him as well!

As a member of the Atlanta Boy Choir starting at age 5 (his first audition) he began touring in Europe every summer with them at the age of 9. As well as singing in the choir, he was also the 'little drummer boy'Β  for many years. He received an amazing education on music, performance, and life from the director Fletcher Wolfe, and through his experiences as a member of the ABC. The first recording he was a part of (Benjamin Britten's War Requiem) was with the ABC and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus and it won 2 Grammys!

In 2009 he had the good fortune of receiving the Austin Music Award for Best Drummer/Percussionist. Quite an honor in a city that's known for it's great musicians and rich musical history!

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  • Featured tour gear (Nottingham edition): I can't ever seem to remember what these are called. I acquired it in Ghana, West Africa and I have several of them. It's used by the Dagara people as part of their dance gear. Typically 2 or 3 of these are attached to a piece of leather & then worn on one leg. The choreography of the dance creates some amazing sounds & rhythms to compliment the Gyil. I absolutely love using these in lots of different ways: wrapped around my ankle, attached to a pedal, on my wrist, on a hi-hat rod, on a cymbal, held in my hand, or in this case tied to some snare lugs so that I can easily move it on & off of the snare from song to songπŸ‘Š #tourlife #drumlife #percussion #drums #africanpercussion #jingle #tambourine #hayescarlltour #drumgear
    Featured tour gear (Nottingham edition): I can't ever seem to remember what these are called. I acquired it in Ghana, West Africa and I have several of them. It's used by the Dagara people as part of their dance gear. Typically 2 or 3 of these are attached to a piece of leather & then worn on one leg. The choreography of the dance creates some amazing sounds & rhythms to compliment the Gyil. I absolutely love using these in lots of different ways: wrapped around my ankle, attached to a pedal, on my wrist, on a hi-hat rod, on a cymbal, held in my hand, or in this case tied to some snare lugs so that I can easily move it on & off of the snare from song to songπŸ‘Š #tourlife #drumlife #percussion #drums #africanpercussion #jingle #tambourine #hayescarlltour #drumgear
  • Thanks, Manchester!! That was super fuuuuuuun!! Off to Nottingham tomorrow!! πŸŽΆπŸ‘ŠπŸ“·- @mathew_mclure  #regram #hayescarlltour #hayescarll #tourlife #manchester #uk #uktour #americana #songwriter #countrymusic #texasmusic #latergram
    Thanks, Manchester!! That was super fuuuuuuun!! Off to Nottingham tomorrow!! πŸŽΆπŸ‘ŠπŸ“·- @mathew_mclure #regram #hayescarlltour #hayescarll #tourlife #manchester #uk #uktour #americana #songwriter #countrymusic #texasmusic #latergram
  • Tour gear of the day:
5x14 @ccdrumco 12th & Vine snare walnut/poplar/walnut w/ maple re-rings and maple hoops w/ walnut inlay. I have a full kit of these drums and I LOVE THEM!! So warm yet articulate. There's one @drumtacs under that soon-to-be-talked-about metal (w/a strip of gaff....it's been on there for 11months & just now came a bit looseπŸ‘) and a @snareweight M1. Sometimes I lift the M1 up (easily done w/ the magnets) depending on the song. Also, a @remopercussion Emperor X on the batter and clear Ambassador on the snare side. For this run I'm going for a mid-range beefy sound for the majority of the set and this snare is crushin' it!! #drumlife #drums #tourlife #ccdrumco #drumtacs #snareweight #teamremo #snaredrum #customdrums #12thandvine
    Tour gear of the day: 5x14 @ccdrumco 12th & Vine snare walnut/poplar/walnut w/ maple re-rings and maple hoops w/ walnut inlay. I have a full kit of these drums and I LOVE THEM!! So warm yet articulate. There's one @drumtacs under that soon-to-be-talked-about metal (w/a strip of gaff....it's been on there for 11months & just now came a bit looseπŸ‘) and a @snareweight M1. Sometimes I lift the M1 up (easily done w/ the magnets) depending on the song. Also, a @remopercussion Emperor X on the batter and clear Ambassador on the snare side. For this run I'm going for a mid-range beefy sound for the majority of the set and this snare is crushin' it!! #drumlife #drums #tourlife #ccdrumco #drumtacs #snareweight #teamremo #snaredrum #customdrums #12thandvine
  • For realz!!!! #tourlife #hayescarlltour #thedeafinstitute #greenroomdangers #manchester
    For realz!!!! #tourlife #hayescarlltour #thedeafinstitute #greenroomdangers #manchester
  • Lookin' forward to seein' & hangin' w/ a bunch of friends at @newportfolkfest this summer!! πŸŽΆπŸŽ‰πŸ™Œ #hayescarll #hayescarlltour #loversandleavers #newportfolkfestival #songwriter #americana #texasmusic #tourlife
    Lookin' forward to seein' & hangin' w/ a bunch of friends at @newportfolkfest this summer!! πŸŽΆπŸŽ‰πŸ™Œ #hayescarll #hayescarlltour #loversandleavers #newportfolkfestival #songwriter #americana #texasmusic #tourlife
  • This Chocolate Caramel Tart w/ Peanut Brittle was stellar!! #dessert #manchester #tourlife #pudding #beefandpudding
    This Chocolate Caramel Tart w/ Peanut Brittle was stellar!! #dessert #manchester #tourlife #pudding #beefandpudding
  • Fun times exploring Manchester! Looking forward to tonight's show at the @deafinstitute πŸŽΆπŸŽ‰ #hayescarlltour #hayescarll #tourlife #uk #americana #music #texasmusic #countrymusic #manchester
    Fun times exploring Manchester! Looking forward to tonight's show at the @deafinstitute πŸŽΆπŸŽ‰ #hayescarlltour #hayescarll #tourlife #uk #americana #music #texasmusic #countrymusic #manchester
  • So stoked for this to come out in a couple months!! We recorded 25 songs in 3 days!! It was amazing to record these iconic songs with the man who wrote them. I've listened to Kris sing these songs my entire life. To get to play them with him was truly the highest honor! #drumlife #studiolife #kriskristofferson #thecedarcreeksessions #regram #rollingstonemagazine #songwriter #legend #countrymusic #music #newrecord
    So stoked for this to come out in a couple months!! We recorded 25 songs in 3 days!! It was amazing to record these iconic songs with the man who wrote them. I've listened to Kris sing these songs my entire life. To get to play them with him was truly the highest honor! #drumlife #studiolife #kriskristofferson #thecedarcreeksessions #regram #rollingstonemagazine #songwriter #legend #countrymusic #music #newrecord
  • Spotted this in Newcastle before we made our way down to Manchester today. #tourlife #bbq #newcastle #uk #texasiseverywhere
    Spotted this in Newcastle before we made our way down to Manchester today. #tourlife #bbq #newcastle #uk #texasiseverywhere
  • Steak Ciabatta sandwich....yes please!! #tourlife #newcastle #steak #ciabatta
    Steak Ciabatta sandwich....yes please!! #tourlife #newcastle #steak #ciabatta
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