The most influential drummers of 2012

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2012 may now be history, but there is still a little more to talk about before we leave it behind, such as finding out who were the most influential artists of 2012. Over the next month or so, I'll post opinions on the topic from artists, commentators, teachers, and others, with whom they thought were the best artists in a number of roles. This week we start with drummers.

You often hear a lot about singers and guitarists, but for most bands drummers are a crucial part. Their playing can really make a good song what it is, and their skill on the set can influence generations of drummers after them, just as guitarists can influence future guitarists. So, with that in mind, I set out to ask some folks who actually drum who they thought was the most influential drummer of 2012.

My first respondent was Adam Silverman. Since late 2011, Silverman has been the drummer for country artist Lauren Alaina, the runner-up on season 10 of American Idol. He also blogs at his site adamdrums.com. Silverman told me about the drummer for Jason Aldean, who Alaina toured with last year.

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Lip-syncing, the Super Bowl, and Mad Men are on our minds this week.

Beyonce lip-synced?

The Inauguration happened, but you might not know it because everyone's been talking about Beyonce and how she may have lip-synced the National Anthem. I love Bey, and I don’t much care if she lip-synced, but apparently a lot of people do. Amid Beyonce-bashing, several articles rebutted the claim, while others said Beyonce, Kelly Clarkson, AND the choir performed to a pre-recorded track, in addition to singing live. The reason I think people care so much is because if Beyonce lip-synced, she’ll have been the first person ever in the history of the world to have done so. Wait, that’s right, Yo-Yo Ma didn’t play live at the 2009 Inauguration; I don’t even need to mention Ashlee Simpson. Beyonce’s camp hasn’t responded publicly, and I think it’s because she’s too busy hanging out with her close personal friends, the Obamas, and swimming in her champagne-filled pool. (Probably.)

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