Bart Heffner – I started playing drums in 1969. My mom told me that I had to take an instrument in school. Being a kid in the 60’s, I was exposed to a lot of different music. My sister was in High School, so I started listening to what music she listened to at home. After she brought home the first Allman Brother’s and Led Zeppelin albums, there was no question that I wanted to play drums. Butch Trucks, Jaimoe, and John Bonham were my first real influences.
As I got older and started playing the popular music with my friends, I started listening to a lot of “southern” rock and blues. The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin were still a big influence, but The Charlie Daniel’s band really caught my attention. I liked the fact that there were two drummers, but they played a jazz style. This got me to start listening to some different drummers. Danny Serraphin, (Chicago) and Bobby Colomby (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) also had a big influence on my playing.
I played with numerous groups through the 80’s- 90’s. We played mostly popular music and I found myself wanting to go back the blues again. I needed something with a groove. The Allman Brothers have always been my favorite band, so I decided to start playing that style of music again. My first drum set teacher always insisted on playing “the groove” and keeping good time. He also taught me how to lock in with the bass create a solid rhythm section.
More recent influences are Cody Dickinson (North Mississippi All-Stars), Steve Ferrone (Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers). These two drummers (to me) show you how to lay down an awesome groove without over playing.
Presently, I play in 3 piece band called 3 Wheel Drive. We played mostly blues based music from the sixties and seventies. I have been with some other musicians that I met at Roots Rock Revival. I have played with “the James Biehn Band”,” Rice (an American Band)”, and currently have started an Allman Brothers tribute band called “Enlightened Rogues”. That band features 2 drummers, myself and my friend Rory Walsh (who I met at Roots Rock Revival). These other projects are a direct result of the musicians I met at (R.R.R.).