On this “Get To Know,” Minnesota Drummer reaches out to Minnesota native Jory Finger. Joey has a rich history in Minnesota. He started drumming at the age of 12, and by 15 he was playing in clubs. During his time as a regularly gigging drummer, Joey expanded his education in music theory throughout high school and college, adding session work to his resume before eventually recording with Prince.
In 1996, Joey moved to Los Angeles to work as a live performer with international artists like Boz Scaggs, Bryan White, Donny and Marie, and Leann Rimes among others. Now residing in Nevada, Joey is an in-demand drummer but finds time to make it back to Minnesota from time-to-time. This past January he performed with The St. Paul Minneapolis Funk All Stars.
Here is an introduction to Joey with more to come in the future.
MND: How did you end up in the Minnesota music scene? Are you from here?
Joey: Yes. I was born and raised in Minnesota. I grew up on the east side of St. Paul and migrated around a bit finally buying a house near Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis.
MND: What are some of the artists you have worked with that we may know?
Joey: Minnesota greats like Doug Maynard, The Steele’s, Mick Sterling, St. Paul, and Ricky Peterson with brief encounters with Jonny Lang, and Prince. After moving to Los Angeles I played with Boz Scaggs and David Sanborn, before eventually getting the call to move to Nashville to tour with the then #1 Country artist Bryan White.
MND: What is your drumming education?
Joey: I am self-taught. I had a few lessons with a Minnesota great named Gordy Knutson. Mostly I’m trying to learn how to learn. He was a great source of information and inspiration.
MND: Who are your top three influences and why?
Joey: Jeff Porcaro. His feel. Period.
David Garibaldi. His gift of syncopation
Vinnie Colaiuta. Amazing versatility and multiple style abilities.
MND: Where are you playing?
Joey: I live in Las Vegas and can be seen performing at The Flamingo Showroom with Donny and Marie, or Treasure Island with Cirque Du Soleil’s Mystere.
MND: What are you using for gear? What is your set up?
Joey: I am endorsed by and play Yamaha Drums and Sabian Cymbals.
MND: What style of music do you like to play the most?
Joey: Blue-eyed soul.
MND: Are you a versatile drummer? How do you define your style?
Joey: I think so. I am a listener and feel it’s my job to support and unify what the other players on stage are bringing. That can mean being busy or minimal depending on the flavor of the moment. I seriously just love to keep time.
MND: What recordings (Discography, if any) can we find some of your work on? Joey: I’m still waiting for bragging rights on a major release. I’ve done hundreds of projects, albums, films, TV series, theme songs, and commercials. But truthfully, I still dream of climbing to a #1. It could still happen.
Find Joey Online:
St. Paul Minneapolis Funk All Stars: HERE
Yamaha Artist: HERE