J-Zone interviews Greg Webster, founder + original drummer of The Ohio Players

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After a brief hiatus, I continue my drummer interview series with Red Bull Music Academy. This time around I was fortunate to chat with founding and last surviving original member of The Ohio Players, Greg Webster. Greg’s recollection¬†of the band’s early days is still sharp; we go through the formative years on the chitlin circuit through the oft-sampled Pain and Pleasure LPs. His departure from the band in 1972 (right after “Funky Worm” became a #1 hit) is another example of how frustrating the music business can be, but Greg’s e-book tells all and I’m honored to be able to interview one of the drummers who inspired me to play. Read the interview with Greg Webster here!¬†

I’m still building up an archive of these interviews, but if you like this, be sure to check out my interviews with “Funky” George Brown of Kool and the Gang and Headhunters/Herbie Hancock drummer and jazz-funk legend, Mike Clark.