Posted on

12 – Bloomin’ Drummer // Jared Kneale, Session Musician & Former Kacey Musgraves Drummer

No babies were harmed by dingos in this episode, but your guides did sit down with Australian born, Nashville resident Jared Kneale. Brandon and Jason first get a cultural lesson from Jared. Touring in Australia is way different than here in the states, and even the opportunities look a little bit different. While in his native homeland, Jared has played with “Austrialian Idols,” Hillsong, and the Afro-Cuban rock band Watussi. After getting connected with some players living in Nashville, Jared booked his flight to the states only bringing some clothes and his drums. Armed with confidence and using his cajón as his business card at writers rounds he quickly started working with Rebecca St. James and Audio Adrenalin, Mikky Ekko, Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, Sugar & the Hi-Lows, Gabe Dixon, Amy Stroup, Trent Dabbs, Jessie Baylin, Isaac Hayden, Rick Price, Jason Eskridge, amongst various other local singer/songwriters. Then they dive in on landing the gig with Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves. “How Murica,” is Jared? He passes the guides’ test, then they look at what life looks like after a great gig. Jared’s life today is playing and producing records, and playing gigs that keep his schedule open for session work. This episode is for drummers, touring players, session guys, and immigrants in a music city wondering what it takes to make it as a Nashville player hustling for work as a BLOOMIN’ DRUMMER!


SMI Jared Kneale Web 685
Jared on personality and the confidence of knowing your instrument:

“Identity is key. If you come to this town not sure of who you are…its gonna take you twice as long.”

Jared on reaching the pinnacle of ones career and realizing its not one might want:

“I wouldn’t say I made it but I got to see it. It was interesting to see how unfulfilled a lot of people are.”
“You have to define what success means to you”

-Jared Kneale in Episode 12

Recent interview of Jared by Vic Firth:

Follow Jared on Instagram & Twitter…


And check out his website!

Jared Kneale Studio Drums

If you’re interested in having Jared’s drum expertise on any of your songs, whether demos or final cuts, he has the ability to produce endless high quality sounds for any genre from his home studio in Nashville, TN. Please send all inquiries to or visit his website

Check this track from artist Keelan Donovan, who Jared recently produced!

Also, some Watussi videos, as discussed in the episode:

And more from Isaac Hayden:


Brandon Harrington // SMI Co-Host, A&R, Music Director, Video Editing
Jason Kurkimilis // SMI Co-Host, Lead Audio Production & Engineering
Christian Barker // Executive Producer

Special thanks goes out to Ajred for supplying this episode’s music and of course our episode sponsor, Fat Bottom Brewing.
Fat Bottom Logo 300

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *