Drum Groove: “I Never Could Get Enough” — Patrick Hallahan with My Morning Jacket

Posted on November 7, 2021

 I Never Could Get Enough

I finally have a good opportunity to talk about one of my favorite contemporary bands, My Morning Jacket. I also finally have an opportunity to talk about something a bit more recent, as the band released an album at the end of October. It’s… ok — there are some really good songs and some others that just don’t work for me. But today, I want to look at the groove from the album closer, “I Could Never Get Enough”.

It looks pretty straightforward, but I’m a big fan of the tom hits at the end of each measure. Considering the ride cymbal keeps going, it’s pretty nimble stuff. It’s also a two–bar groove, since there’s an extra tom hit every other measure. The groove really gets going around the 2:20 mark of the tune.

I’ve seen MMJ drummer Patrick Hallahan use as many as four toms live, but I can’t find many photos of the band in the studio. It sounds like a 12" tom — which would make the most sense since Patrick uses two 12" and 13" rack toms instead of a more typical 10" and 12" setup.

I think I’ll revisit this album again sometime soon, as I think it’s probably Patrick’s best work with the band. In the meantime, you might want to check out this cooking show that Patrick apparently started earlier this year.

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