Don Heffington

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Don Heffington
Born (1950-12-20) December 20, 1950 (age 70)[1]
Los Angeles, California
GenresRock music, Americana music
InstrumentsDrums, guitar
Years active1970–present
Associated actsLone Justice, Watkins Family Hour

Don Heffington is an American drummer, percussionist, and songwriter. He is known for his solo albums, his work with Lone Justice, and his extensive touring and session work with artists such as Lowell George, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, and Victoria Williams.


Early years[edit]

Heffington grew up in a musical family in Los Angeles. His grandmother played drums and his mother played upright bass, and they passed on their enthusiasm for jazz to Heffington. Then Bob Dylan's album Bringing It All Back Home broadened his musical scope to include rock and roll music. As a teen, Heffington joined a jazz band, The Doug Morris Quintet, on drums.[2][3]

Heffington was drummer for Emmylou Harris's Hot Band, playing on the 1983 album White Shoes.[4]

Lone Justice[edit]

Heffington was a member of the first incarnation of Lone Justice, along with Maria McKee (vocals), Ryan Hedgecock (guitar), and Marvin Etzioni (bass). Heffington was with the band from 1982 until 1985.[5][6]

Watkins Family Hour[edit]

Heffington is a member of the Watkins Family Hour, led by Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins. Other members include Sebastian Steinberg (bass), Greg Leisz (pedal steel), Benmont Tench (piano), and David Garza (guitar).[7][8]

Performing and recording[edit]

Heffington has played and/or recorded with many artists, including Dave Alvin,[9] Peter Case,[10] Vic Chesnutt,[11] Delia Bell,[12] Sheryl Crow, Bob Dylan,[13] Kathleen Edwards,[14] Lowell George,[15] the Jayhawks,[16] Rickie Lee Jones,[17] Sam Phillips,[18] Ron Sexsmith,[19] Percy Sledge, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner, the Wallflowers, Lucinda Williams,[20] and Dwight Yoakam.[21]

Solo and collaborative albums[edit]

In 1995, Heffington and fiddler Tammy Rogers collaborated on the mostly instrumental In the Red.[21]

On his first solo album Gloryland, Heffington played most of the instruments and recorded with engineer David Vaught.[21]

Contemporary Abstractions in Folk Song and Dance, released in 2015, was recorded live with Heffington (vocals, acoustic guitar), Tim Young (electric guitar) and Sebastian Steinberg (upright bass). Heffington performs as part of the Don Heffington Group with Tim Young, and Sebastian Steinberg.[21]



  • 1995: In the Red (Dead Reckoning) with Tammy Rogers
  • 2014: Gloryland (self-released)
  • 2016: Contemporary Abstractions in Folk Song and Dance (self-released)

With Lone Justice[edit]

As Producer[edit]

Also appears on[edit]

1983 - 1995[edit]

1996 - 2000[edit]

2001 - 2004[edit]

2005 - 2007[edit]

2008 - present[edit]


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  3. ^ "Butch Morris Time". Gems of Jazz. June 26, 2013. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  4. ^ Holly Gleason (March 1, 2016). "LSM Playlist: Nashville's "Great Credibility Scare" of the '80s". Lone Star Music Magazine. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Larkin, Colin (May 27, 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  6. ^ Thompson, John Joseph (2000). Raised by Wolves: The Story of Christian Rock & Roll. ECW Press. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  7. ^ "We'll Steal Your Heart Away". You Make My World Rock. December 28, 2005. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Crooks, Deborah (August 17, 2015). "An Hour-Plus of Watkins Family Joy". No Depression. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Michael Dregni (October 1, 2004). "Dave Alvin: Blast Back to the Ashgrove". Vintage Guitar. Retrieved September 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Todd Everett (March 15, 1998). "Review: 'Peter Case'". Variety. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Stephen M. Deusner (March 28, 2005). "Vic Chesnutt: Ghetto Bells". Pitchfork. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  12. ^ staff writer (June 6, 1983). "Picks and Pans Review: Delia Bell". People. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  13. ^ Heylin, Clinton (Mar 15, 1997). Bob Dylan: The Recording Sessions, 1960-1994. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  14. ^ Martin Bandyke (April 8, 2008). "Five Questions for Canadian Singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  15. ^ C. Michael Bailey (January 30, 2016). "Lowell George: The Last Tour". All About Jazz. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  16. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Chris Woodstra; Stephen Thomas Erlewine (2001). All Music Guide: The Definitive Guide to Popular Music (1 ed.). Hal Leonard Corporation. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  17. ^ Bream, Jon (May 27, 2009). "Review: A special night with Rickie Lee Jones". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 3, 2017.
  18. ^ Troy Michael (August 1, 2012). "Sam Phillips: Martinis & Bikinis". Innocent Words. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  19. ^ Hutchinson, Charles (October 13, 2015). "Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith sells out Pocklington gig on Carousel One tour". The York Press. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  20. ^ Mirkin, Steven (July 31, 2001). "Review: 'Lucinda Williams'". Variety. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  21. ^ a b c d Bliss Bowen (September 2, 2015). "From Sideman to Center Stage". The Argonaut. Retrieved September 3, 2017.

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