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A first-call sideman and in-demand session musician, Los Angeles-based drummer and recording artist Brian Griffin has forged a singular path as a versatile and dynamic performer, known for balancing sparkling technique with a warm vintage sound and deep musicality in his work with some of the most respected roots, rock and Americana artists today. He has worked extensively with The Black Crowes, Lana Del Rey, Brandi Carlile, Patti Smith, and Richard Marx, and performed or recorded with Roseanne Cash, Rodney Crowell, Alessia Cara, Dionne Warwick, the Wallflowers, Brett Dennen, Nikki Lane, Greg Holden, Sharon Jones, Iggy Pop, Rumer, Gogol Bordello, David Gray, Ivan Neville, Anders Osborne, Butch Walker, Fee Waybill, Lera Lynn, The Lone Bellow, John Popper, and Taylor Hicks, among many others.

Brian’s many recording credits include Brandi Carlile’s Grammy-nominated record The Firewatcher’s Daughter; Lana Del Rey’s Certified Gold albums Ultraviolence and Honeymoon; and Alessia Cara’s Top 40 hit single Out of Love. Most recently, he played on The Black Crowes: Shake Your Money Maker Live, a compilation drawing from more than 100 recorded tour dates over two years.

Brian plays Istanbul AGOP Cymbals, Gretsch drums, Evans drum heads and Vater drumsticks.