Keith Carlock

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Keith Carlock
Birth name Keith Carlock
Born 1971
Origin Clinton, Mississippi, U.S.
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 1990s–present
Associated acts

Keith Carlock is an American jazz drummer who has played with Wayne Krantz, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, John Mayer, Sting, and Chris Botti. In Modern Drummer's 2009 Readers Poll, he was voted best Pop, Fusion, and All-Around drummer.

Carlock was born in Clinton, Mississippi and attended North Texas State University.[1]

In October 2009, he released an instructional DVD called The Big Picture: Phrasing, Improvisation, Style, and Technique.[2]

In January 2014, Carlock joined Toto, replacing longtime drummer Simon Phillips. He played on every track of the album Toto XIV and toured with them in April–May 2014.[3]

Carlock uses Gretsch drums, Evans drumheads, Zildjian cymbals, and Vic Firth drumsticks.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Keith Carlock". Drummerworld. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  2. ^ Bergamini, Joe. "Keith Carlock: Behind The Scenes". Drum Magazine. Retrieved 2 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Toto Ramps Up for Busy 2014 with Planned Studio Album, Upcoming DVD/CD Release, Japanese Tour". January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015.