Directly from BOB DAVIS at the Soul Patrol Newsletter:
Press Release: New music from The Four Tops' drummer, featuring Detroit Soul Legends, Benefiting the Detroit Public Schools' Music Programs: Drew Schultz: "Back to Class." "Back to Class" Video Playlist (including EPK documentaries and singles featuring The Four Tops, James Jamerson Jr, and Ken Knox of Charmen of the Board) is here:
New music from The Four Tops' drummer, featuring Detroit Soul Legends, Benefiting the Detroit Public Schools' Music Programs: Drew Schultz:
"Back to Class"
"Back to Class" is a benefit retro-soul record by drummer and percussionist Drew Schultz, featuring a lineup of heavy hitting soul music veterans. The record contains all-original material written by Schultz, featuring guest performances by many of the legends he has played with. Appearing on the album are The Four Tops, James Jamerson Jr, Dennis Coffey, Members of The Funk Brothers, Ken Knox of Chairmen of the Board, Melvin Davis, Spyder Turner, McKinley Jackson, Pat Lewis, Rob Carter of Nature's Divine, Turhan (Earl Van Dyke Jr), Joey Kingfish, and Lenny Pickett of Tower of Power / Saturday Night Live.
The record also features up and coming young singers Chris Ams, Elise McCoy, Anna "Cartia" Carter, and Kyle Allen. Drew's group from New York, The Funk Machine, provides the backing tracks along with many staples of the Detroit music scene. The record was engineered, recorded, and co-produced by Steve Adams, a protege of Motown engineer Ed Wolfrum, focusing on raw organic performances by singers and instrumentalists. The album is a benefit project for the music programs of the Detroit Public Schools, where many of the guest artists grew up and honed their talents.
Drew is a soul music lover, drummer, percussionist, songwriter, arranger, journalist, and producer. While traveling the world as The Four Tops' drummer, Drew has performed behind countless soul legends, including The Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves, The Dramatics, The Miracles, The Contours, Chairmen of the Board, Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, and many more. He has written articles on soul drumming for Modern Drummer Magazine, done pre-production engineering work for Universal/Motown, and studied under many of the greats including Uriel Jones, Ralph Johnson, and Mike Clark. Soul music means the world to him, and the opportunity to write and record with some of his favorite artists, all while giving back to Detroit's music programs has been a lifelong dream come true.
Now available on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify; Drew Schultz: "Back to Class!" http://www.DSdrums.com for more info!