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Background Information

Employment History

Drummers World Inc

MAD DRUMMER INC

Drum Magazine

Cohort and Drummer

Tribal Tech, LLC

Education

North State University

Web References (200 Total References)


Episode 7 with Kirk ...

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Episode 7 with Kirk Covington

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My guest today is Mr. Kirk Covington.
You know, out of all the musicians that I can think of, there aren't many that are as freakishly talented as Kirk. I mean I know guys can play a little of this and that on drums and keys, guitar , that kind of thing. But Kirk plays at such a ridiculously high level on drums, keys and vocals that it's kinda not fair!…..
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Kirk was a member of Tribal Tech for many years and manned the kit on many of their best records. He also worked with legends like Joe Zawinul, Alan Holdsworth, his own band Capt. Kirk, and was a member of the band Volto with Tool drummer Danny Carey.
Kirk has a larger than life personality and he is always laughing and joking. I always enjoy playing and getting to hang with him. I thought he would be a no- brainer for a guest on Riff Raff and he proved me right.
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Kirk Covington on The Riff Raff with Shane Theriot
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Love that episode - it's always great to hear Kirk no matter if he's playing or talking ! :) by the way - I love your stuff! You are one of the funkiest guys I know! hope you have some new record out soon? best from Austria(I was on the road several times with Kirk..)
Hey Shane! Love that episode - it's always great to hear Kirk no matter if he's playing or talking !


Episode 7 with Kirk ...

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Episode 7 with Kirk Covington

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My guest today is Mr. Kirk Covington.
You know, out of all the musicians that I can think of, there aren't many that are as freakishly talented as Kirk. I mean I know guys can play a little of this and that on drums and keys, guitar , that kind of thing. But Kirk plays at such a ridiculously high level on drums, keys and vocals that it's kinda not fair!…..
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Kirk was a member of Tribal Tech for many years and manned the kit on many of their best records. He also worked with legends like Joe Zawinul, Alan Holdsworth, his own band Capt. Kirk, and was a member of the band Volto with Tool drummer Danny Carey.
Kirk has a larger than life personality and he is always laughing and joking. I always enjoy playing and getting to hang with him. I thought he would be a no- brainer for a guest on Riff Raff and he proved me right.
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Kirk Covington on The Riff Raff with Shane Theriot


Drummerworld: Kirk Covington

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Kirk Covington is the drummer best-known for his work with the jazz fusion group Tribal Tech.
Born in Midland, Texas, he attended the highly-regarded University of North Texas College of Music where he met bassist Gary Willis, with whom he later joined Tribal Tech.
Covington has also performed or recorded with other noted musicians including Joe Zawinul, Robben Ford, Allan Holdsworth, Scott Henderson, and John Humphrey.
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Between 1998 and 2006 Covington toured with Scott Henderson and bass player John Humphrey as a trio.
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Kirk Covington has become recognized as one of the most versatile and dynamic drummers in the world. He is the "Wild Man From Texas" that jazz fusion audiences all over the world are talking about.
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Coming from a musical family in Midland, Texas, and being the youngest of five children, Kirk was encouraged to begin playing drums at age seven by his brother Kyle (who is now in demand as a guitarist in the Nashville scene).
By age twelve, Covington was a full time "garage band junkie". "Kyle made me play 'Wipeout' for the older guys all the time, which probably explains my penchant for playing single strokes, or what I call blender fills". Encouraged by his grandmother to play piano in his elementary years, Covington opted for sports instead and decided to stick to the drums, leaving the piano behind until his senior year of high school. At age fifteen, Kirk was borrowing the family truck, and hauling his drum kit to rock'n'roll and country gigs around the Midland, Texas region. "By virtue of my age, I was heavily influenced by sixties and seventies rock and was also introduced to jazz through my parents love of swing and big band. In those days you also had to sing if you wanted to land the really good gigs". With little formal training, Covington entered the internationally renowned North Texas State University jazz program.
He eventually landed the drum chair in the famous Two O'clock Lab Band, a position that would also create many relationships with now famous players, including a young bassist named Gary Willis. After college, Covington and Willis continued to work together in Condor, one of the most popular jazz fusion bands in the region.
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By this time Kirk has developed a naturally powerful and very soulful vocal style that, combined with his ever growing skills as a drummer and keyboardist, quickly made him one of the most sought after players in the Dallas area. Being a vocalist, keyboardist and drummer have also led to several national promotional spots, writing and performing corporate jingles and radio, TV spots. Encouraged by the success that bassist Gary Willis and other North Texas musical associates found in relocation to Los Angeles, Covington decided it was time to pack up his family and make the big move.
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"Singing was really an unintentional thing for me" says Covington.
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Guitarist Scott Henderson has also recruited Covington onto his solo recording efforts.
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Covington can be heard locking down the groove on Henderson's most recent burning blues release Tore Down House on Mesa/Bluemoon released in April '97.
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Holdsworth enlisted Covington, Gary Willis (bass) and pianist Gordon Beck for his most recent release titled None Too Soon . Modern Drummer Magazine Aug. '96 issue features "A Different View" with Holdsworth, in which Holdsworth speaks highly of Covington, commenting "I would really look forward to playing with him (Covington) in a context that is outside the one we just did" (which is straight ahead modern bebop).
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Holdsworth enlisted Covington, Gary Willis (bass) and pianist Gordon Beck for his most recent release titled None Too Soon . Modern Drummer Magazine Aug. '96 issue features "A Different View" with Holdsworth, in which Holdsworth speaks highly of Covington, commenting "I would really look forward to playing with him (Covington) in a context that is outside the one we just did" (which is straight ahead modern bebop).
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Covington headlined the 1995 Montreal Drum Festival in which his inspiring performance with keyboardist Scott Kinsey and bassist Gary Willis brought the enthusiastic crowd to their feet.
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A 10 page feature story on Kirk can be found in the November '96 issue of Modern Drummer magazine with Bill Milkowski discussing Kirk's part, present and future ambitions along with his many prolific accomplishments. Eclipsing all that Kirk Covington has achieved will be his much anticipated solo release which will feature the talents of guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassists Gary Willis, as well as David Carpenter.
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Covington will incorporate his drumming, vocal and keyboard talents into a variety of musical styles that will be sure to astonish many of the followers of this "Wild Man From Texas". Kirk Covington is currently endorsing Zildjian Cymbals/Sticks, Yamaha drums and Attack Heads.
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Keith Carlock - Anton Fig - Kirk Covington
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Danny Carey - Kirk Covington
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BIO | The Willis Site

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Willis, Covington and Fortuny all excel on a fascinating album which will hopefully be only the first of further collaborations together."

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For the 1998 follow up "Bent", in addition to Chambers, Kinsey and Tavaglione, Willis added the fiery tenor of Bob Berg and long time Tribal Tech cohort/drummer Kirk Covington.


Namm 2010 Day 3 - DRUMROCK

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Kirk Covington

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Kirk Covington is best known for his work with the group Tribal Tech. back in the 90's and is also the other half of the drumming pair that just completely shreds in the band known as Volto.
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We interviewed Kirk who tried his damnedest to get Danny in on it - but Danny due to his better known group, Tool, was just overwhelmed with appearances etc, and couldn't make it.
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I honestly didn't mind - talking with Kirk (and when you read the interview it's going to read more like a conversation than a traditional interview - which is the way I like it - you'll understand) was great and I'm REALLY lookign forward to seeing these guys play - every chance I get. As a group these guys are phenominal from Kirk, to the bassist Lance, to John (or Volto as his nicknamed), and of course Danny.
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And last but not least me yapping it up with Kirk Covington (Tribal Tech, Volto):
That's it for this show....wrap up comign soon!!!!

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