Memories from a Dummer with Special Guest Brayden Sudduth
Memories - By Brayden Sudduth
Brayden Sudduth, a Music Authority alumni who has recently moved back to the Atlanta area after finishing school in Orlando, has picked up the drum sticks again and plays with the band No Strings Attached. We had the opportunity to ask him about his time at Music Authority and his time as a drummer for Rise. This is what he had to say.
Some of my most favored memories I have from my time in Rise were from anytime we performed at Coo Coo’s Nest. It’s where we got our big start and I think that's why it's such an iconic memory for me. My favorite memory of all time from that time, however, has to be when we played the Finish Line stage at the Dawsonville Moonshine Festival. Just looking out into that massive crowd of people while performing seemed so surreal at the time.
To me, Rise was a family. A family of incredibly talented musicians, each looking to push their existing skills to the next level and willing to learn new skills not just as individuals but collectively as a band.
What am I grateful for? Honestly if it wasn't for Rise being created in the first place I wouldn't be where I am today, from a musical standpoint. My skills as a drummer wouldn't be where they are today at all and I certainly wouldn't have been given the opportunity to be a part of bands like “No Strings Attached” and “The Rogue Scholars”.
I wish I would have done one thing differently: I would have tried to plan more band hangouts and events outside of rehearsals and gigs. We had a lot of different musicians come and go while Rise was around and spending more time with each other outside of the scheduled gigs and rehearsals could have helped some of the newer members feel more comfortable around the more “senior” members of Rise.
Thank you for your memories and advice to your up and coming band members. We look forward to seeing you play again soon!
Savannah is a rising Junior at Pickens County High School. She is a member of Music Authority's Eclipse and a student of Andrew Loggins.
Savannah loves her dog Harlem and to play guitar. She's looking forward to going into the studio with Eclipse and attending the NAMM Show in Nashville this summer.
Taylor 224-ce K DLX
The Taylor 224-ce K DLX is quickly becoming Music Authority's top selling acoustic guitar. They seem to fly off the wall as quickly as we get them in stock. This guitar is an affordable way to own a koa guitar that not only looks beautiful, but sounds great.
Stop by Music Authority today and give one of these beautiful guitars a try. You might want to add one to your collection, too!
June Rock Camp: Last Call
Don't miss the Rock Camp fun this year! June's camp officially closes registration on Sunday,June 2. There are only a few spots left (bass and keys). If you can't make June, we still have limited space available in our July Camp!
Music Authority has been doing Rock Camp for over a decade. Long before YouTube, we had VHS tapes availble (and later DVDs) of the performance. This is from one of the first ever Rock Camps uploaded to YouTube. All of these young people have long since graduated and moved on, but they live in Music Authority history.