Today’s post is inspired by Joe Loes, a Play Drums By Ear blog reader, who made a comment on my Steve Gadd post about his favorite drummer, Phil Ehart. His simple comment reminded me about Phil, who was and still is the drummer for the 1970s progressive rock band, Kansas. Phil has influenced generations of rock drummers years after his debut with Kansas in 1970. While I couldn’t find much information about what inspired Phil to play the drums, I found some great video performances from Kansas that I think you’ll definitely enjoy. So sit back, crank the speakers, and rock out with Phil Ehart and Kansas!
Since this post is about Phil Ehart, I better start off with a drum solo. Check out this live drum solo and performance of the song, “Portrait (He Knew),” at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNRFILgs7H8.
The biggest hit song that Kansas produced had to be their hit, “Carry On Wayward Son.” Check out this performance from 1976 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB17uWuBrL0&feature=related.
Since we just listened to the biggest hit song from Kansas, why not see one of the great music videos from the 1970s. Kansas performs their song, “Point of Know Return,” which is one of two songs co-written by Phil Ehart at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60A1yKc2hi4.
The second song co-written by Phil Ehart was the Kansas song, “Play The Game Tonight.” Check out a live performance from Kansas in 1982 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymn_zMIBKzA.
I’m still going to try looking for information regarding Phil Ehart’s upbringing and how he got started on the drums. From a few interviews I have seen, he seems to have drawn upon some British rock music influences and learns much from the instrumentalists that are playing around him. I hope you enjoyed this quick glimpse into the great drummer, Phil Ehart of the 1970s progressive rock band, Kansas.