Johnny Bird

Band: Big Mike Griffin/Buddy Miles

"I’ve used Aquarian drumheads for 25 years at thousands of gigs on 2 continents in every situation imaginable and they always pull the best sound out of my drums. I can also honestly say that I’ve never had an Aquarian snare head break in the middle of a gig."


Johnny grew up listening to classic rock and r&b from the 60s and 70s like Led Zeppelin, James Brown, Cream and the Meters.

He started his career touring with a Los Angeles-based gospel choir throughout the U.S. and Canada. Johnny spent the next several years playing rock, blues, r&b, zydeco and folk music across the U.S., Australia, Canada, and New Zealand before finally settling in Nashville, TN.

In Nashville, Johnny worked with a variety of blues, rock, and r&b artists and songwriters. He was Big Mike Griffin’s drummer for 16 years, which included 2 years touring and recording with the legendary Buddy Miles.

Drumheads Preferences

Snare Batter:

Texture Coated With Powerdot

Snare Resonant:

Classic Clear Snare Bottom

Tom Batter

Texture Coated

Tom Resonant

Classic Clear

Kick Drum Batter

Coated Force I

Kick Drum Resonant

Force II


2007           All My Runnin’ – Big Mike Griffin

2005           Iron City Blues soundtrack – Big Mike Griffin

2003           Two Lane Road – Big Mike Griffin

2001           Live at the Full Moon Saloon – Big Mike Griffin

2000           Livin’ Large – Big Mike Griffin and Buddy Miles

1999           Twin Brothers of Different Mothers – Big Mike Griffin

1998           Live at 3rd and Lindsley – various artists

1997           Harley in the Rain – Big Mike Griffin

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