AMY HALL is a drummer based in Raleigh, NC. She was born in Peoria, IL and has been fascinated by drums since she was a child. Though she grew up also playing piano and flute, drums were her first love. "I can't remember NOT loving the drums," she says. After years of improvising, she got her first real drum set at age 12 and formed her first band at age 18, immediately gigging every weekend. With over 30 years behind the drums, she has played in rock, pop, and modern country cover bands, original bands, worship bands, and tribute bands.
Her drumming has been described as impeccable, solid, "like a human metronome," "like a freight train," and monstrous. She has experience in the recording studio and can be heard on various recordings, including songs by Multiples, Jupiter's Darling, and North Carolina legends, Stratocruiser. Amy has appeared in DRUMHEAD Magazine, TOM TOM Magazine (a magazine dedicated to female drummers), KICKS! Entertainment Guide, and on the television shows North Carolina Weekend and New Hampshire Chronicle, and has opened for national acts, including Mother's Finest, Nantucket, and The Connells. She has toured the East Coast, playing such prestigious venues as House of Blues, The Fillmore, Carrington Pavilion, Jannus Live, Rams Head, The Ritz, Cone Denim Entertainment Center, The Orange Peel, Cat's Cradle, Lincoln Theatre, and Ziggy's, as well as festivals and casinos from New York to Florida.
In demand, Amy is currently playing in a few bands. Since its inception in 2010, Amy has played a key role in Heart Brigade - The USA's #1 Tribute to Heart/Led Zeppelin, leading them to the top-tier of tribute bands and helping to earn them the title of "Best Tribute Band" in the 2014 Go Live Awards. As the bandleader, owner, and "Heart historian," Amy has kept the focus on re-creating an authentic Heart concert experience, including iconic Led Zeppelin classics, in a way that truly honors the music and members of Heart. Her drumming has been heavily influenced by Michael Derosier of Heart, and she even owns one of his snare drums he used with the band.
Amy also plays with Bad Inc. - The #1 Bad Company/Paul Rodgers Tribute, comprised of some of North Carolina's most accomplished musicians; contemporary country artist Johnny Orr Band; and cover band Uncovered. And she does freelance recording with several original projects, including indie pop-rockers The Butterscotch Parade and Arrow Beach. Amy resides in Raleigh, NC and is available for gigs, projects, and sessions. Contact Amy and read what people are saying about her.
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Musicians, get a discount on Wrist Grips!
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Amy interviewed by Heart of the Beats
Amy was interviewed by Heart of the Beats, a drumming blog. You can read the interview here. Many thanks to JJ for the special invitation!
"You seriously rocked the hell out of this project. Your consistently solid performance on every track plus your calm, professional demeanor made it a delightful tracking session and made my mixing job easier. Very much appreciated... I'd like to add you to my "first call" list." -- Studio 415 Recordings
"The Heart of Heart Brigade."
"An amazing drummer with tons of experience and a reputation as one of our area's top drummers."
"Not only is Amy an amazing drummer, she also has a great business sense. She's smart and makes intelligent decisions. You don't often find that in musicians. We highly enjoy working with her." -- Venue representative
"Heart Brigade has the best Michael Derosier of any Heart tribute band in Amy Hall. She has all the guys beat by FAR!"
"Amy nails Michael Derosier's drum fills. Why? Because she CAN." -- Heart Monger fanclub members
"Amy plays Heart AND Zeppelin better than any man I've ever seen, let alone any female. Unbelievable!"
"Amy does an incredible job playing the drum parts on all of Heart's material. Articulation is more consistent with original recordings than the original artists do in live settings. Stunning really."
"Her attention to detail is unmatched. She has an incredible ear for picking out and then executing the right drum parts."
"I've never seen a female drummer play so 'on' and relaxed. Truly amazing."
"I see how awesome you are doing and you really give me hope as a female artist." -- Local female vocalist
"Amy is passionate about drums and drumming. She knows her instrument, she's knowledgable about gear, and she knows when to play and when not to play. She plays for the song and is a joy to work with."
"I've never seen anyone as good really--stays in the pocket--no flashy stick spinning..just timing--perfect fills at right time--I want to grow up and play like her."
"You found a good endorsing artist when you found Amy Hall. Rock solid, talented drummer. She rocks!"
"One of the best drummers I've played with....Solid....A rock spirit!"
"One of the best rock drummers in this area."
"I used to think female drummers were ok. Then I watched you play Heart better than I have ever seen it played. I was like wow,, all that rock 'n' roll in that little frame. I have been a changed man ever since."
"Packs a punch!"
"Amy is the best drummer I have played with since (my old drummer) passed. I never once had to give her a cue or struggle to find the groove. The lady rocks!"
“Heart Brigade out of Raleigh were really strong..... One unexpected thing was they had a female drummer (surprising at how much power she generated, as she was very petite). I highly recommend checking them out if they ever play near you.” -- Melodic Rock review
Amy is now a DRUMDOTS endorsing artist!
Amy is now a Drumdots endorsing artist! Amy joins Wilco's Glenn Kotche, as well as Dave Mattacks and other great drummers, in representing a superior product for drum damping. "I've tried nearly every product and method for damping drums and have found that Drumdots are far superior at keeping the drum's TONE without choking the head. They won't melt and turn to goo in a hot trailer while on tour, AND they're practically invisible."
Amy appears in the latest issue (October 2015) of DRUMHEAD Magazine! Thanks to her endorsement of Rich Sticks drumsticks, she can be seen in the ad on page 53. DRUMHEAD Magazine is available at all Barnes & Noble stores and other fine booksellers.
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Get a discount on Rich Sticks drumsticks!
Drummers! Order from Rich Sticks online and use the coupon code "rsreferral5" at checkout, fill in Amy's name in the "special instructions" box, and you'll get 5% off a brick or more of sticks!
HEART BRIGADE voted Best Tribute Band
Heart Brigade is extremely honored to be voted Best Tribute Band in the 2014 Go Live Awards. Thank you to all the fans who voted, and for supporting live music!
Heart Brigade is featured in AXS.com's story anticipating their Nov. 15 show with Departure....
November Lineup of Tribute Bands at Amos’ Southend
(excerpt) "Opening for Departure is another tribute band, Heart Brigade, a national act recreating the great Heart hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Its playlist includes Heart classics such as “All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You” and “Crazy On You” as well as hits from the Led Zeppelin repertoire. Hailed as the top Heart tribute band in the country, Heart Brigade is based in Raleigh, NC."
HEART BRIGADE featured in special "tribute band" edition of KICKS! entertainment guide
On the heels of Heart Brigade's successful House of Blues Myrtle Beach show, KICKS! entertainment guide interviewed Joan Burton, Heart Brigade's "Nancy Wilson," leading the story on the rise of tribute bands nationwide.