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 Steely Dan, Sting, The Blues Brothers Band, John Mayer, Leni Stern, David Johansen, Donald Fagen, Diana Ross, Harry Belafonte, Chris Botti, James Taylor, Wayne Krantz, Toto

Keith Carlock is an American drummer originally from Clinton, Mississippi. He currently resides in New York City.[1][2] He has recorded and/or toured with Sting, John Mayer, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Donald Fagen, Walter Becker, Diana Ross, Faith Hill, The Blues Brothers Band, Leni Stern, David Johansen and the Harry Smiths, Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Wayne Krantz, Harry Belafonte, Oz Noy, Clay Aiken, Rascal Flatts, Paula Abdul, and Grover Washington, Jr.[3][4][5] Carlock was the exclusive drummer for every track on Steely Dan's Everything Must Go (Steely Dan has used multiple drummers on each of the last several albums they've released over the past three decades).[6] While in the Jazz Studies program at the University of North Texas, Carlock studied with many teachers, including Ed Soph.[7] In October 2009, he released an instructional DVD called The Big Picture: Phrasing, Improvisation, Style, and Technique.[8][9]

In January 2014, Carlock replaced long-time Toto drummer Simon Phillips. He participated in recording the band's upcoming album Toto XIV and played with them on the Japanese tour in April-May 2014.[10]


  1. ^ Ken Micallef, August 2005. "Mississippi Man, Steely Dan Fan". Modern Drummer Magazine, article excerpt:
  2. ^ Ken Micallef, August 2005. "Mississippi Man, Steely Dan Fan". Modern Drummer Magazine (from Carlock's own website)
  3. ^ allmusic performance credits
  4. ^ article "More Than Time For Sting", Modern Drummer Magazine, August 2005
  5. ^ Interview of Keith Carlock RegalTip
  6. ^ interview of Keith Carlock, Mike Dolbear July 2005
  7. ^ "Drummerworld: Keith Carlock". 
  8. ^ Bergamini, Joe (July 2, 2009) "In The Studio With Keith Carlock". Drum Magazine DVD article
  9. ^ editorial DVD review
  10. ^ "Toto Ramps Up for Busy 2014 with Planned Studio Album, Upcoming DVD/CD Release, Japanese Tour". January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 9, 2015. 

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