Drummer Brian Fahey was born and raised in the New York City area. Although he did not start playing drums until he was 22 years old, his interest in music started at an early age. At the age of 5 his family recalls his obsession with Bobby Darin's recording of "Mack the Knife." At church on Sundays, Brian used to sit behind the legendary swing drummer Gene Krupa. Afterward he would always make a point of saying "hello Mr. Krupa" and shake his hand. Gene Krupa to this day is still one of his greatest influences.
In 1979 he purchased his first set of drums, a beautiful set of 1961 Gretsch champagne
sparkle finish. He instinctively knew how to "keep the grove swinging." He studied snare drum (Moeller Tecnique), drum set, tympani and vibraphone under
the legendary east coast jazz drummer, Pat Dama. " Pat believed that in order to be a well rounded drummer you had to have a very firm foundation, mainly
the snare drum rudiments. He also felt that a drummer should have knowledge of music and theory so he started me playing tympani and vibes. To this day I
still draw form the lessons he taught me." Studying under Dama really focused his playing on jazz and swing styles.
Around the same time that he was studying and learning his trade, Brian began getting gigs with various blues and rock-a-billy artists in the New York area." I was really gettin into alot of the American musical art forms. Drummers like Fred Below, Odie Payne and S.P. Leary, all post war Chicago players ,rock and roll drummers Earl Palmer , Sandy Nelson , Dickie Harrel, D. J. Fontana , Billy Gusak and so many others who's names I do not know." There were also a good number of jazz clubs in Manhattan, where Brian could see drummers like Elvin Jones, Max Roach and Buddy Rich.
He got his first real professional gig with a version of Bill Haley's Comets. They toured nationally with greats like Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins and Bo Diddley. In 1985 he moved to Phoenix Az. where he lent his drumming skills to local rock-a-billy favorites," The Varmits". In 1987 he formed a blues, rock and roll band called "The Hoo Doo Kings" who were voted best blues band 1987-1989 . In May of 1989, Brian was asked to fill the drum seat for Alligator recording artist, " The Paladins"
It was with the Paladins that Brian recorded the acclaimed "Let's Buzz" LP, appeared on "Entertainment Tonight" and was featured in "Picks and Pans" section of "People" magazine. This 3 year stint took him all over the world with extensive tours of Europe and Austrailia. Also during this time, Brian backedup Smoky Wilson and Lynnwood Slim on a tour of Austrailia and Charlie Musselwhite on a tour of Europe.
After 3 years, Brian left the band to stay at home with his 2 young sons Sean and Ryan. It was during that time that he played drums with the legendary harmonica player Bill Tarsha with his band the "Rocket 88's". In 1993, Brian rejoined the" Hoo Doo Kings" accumulating many awards both with the band and individually and was co-producer on their critically acclaimed release, "One Foot in the Groove". The band was voted best blues band 1993-1996 and Brian was voted best drummer in 1996.
In summer of 1996, Brian got a call from harmonica wizard, William Clarke, " Bill was looking for a drummer and he heard of me thru his guitarist Paul Bryant, Bill also knew me because he was on Alligator records and so were the Paladins. I was with him for about 6 months untill he passed away around the end of 1996." Brian recalls Bill as being an "amazing" player always pushing himself and the band to new levels every night. "It was a shame that he died, he was a wonderful human being and a great player. I really enjoyed being his drummer!"
He spent 1997 in New Mexico with his friend and great blues guitarist Scott Mitchell in his band "The Sultans". The band was awarded best live performance and Brian was again voted best drummer by "Alibi" music magazine. Early 1998 saw a return to the "Paladins". It seemed the band wanted to recapture their earlier more rock-a-billy, rock and roll sound, and Brian was perfect for the job. The band went on to record three acclaimed C.D.s "Slippin' In", "Palvoline#7" and "El Matador". All three highlight Brian's true understanding of traditional drumming styles.
Taking a break from the "Paladins" in 2005, Brian is currently lending his skills to the California based rock-a-billy band the "Cadillac Angels". Brian says, " I've known Tony Balbinot (guitarist) for years and always admired his playing so it's a thrill to play with him and bass player, Steve Carter (Neptunes) .On April 22 ,2006, he was inducted into the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame. He is also performing with "Big Pete Pearson and the Rhythm Room All Stars" who, by the way, have a #1 hit on the blues charts in Europe and perform at the world famous Rhythm Room night club.
So there you have it. In Brian's words, " I feel fortunate to have been a part of some great bands and projects and I'm so looking foward to whatever musical experiences are waiting around the corner. Enjoy the web site. All the best, Brian.