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Kirk Covington
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  • Band/Affiliation: Tribal Tech / Scott Henderson
  • Country: United States
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Kirk Covington is recognized as one of the most versatile and dynamic Drummers in the world. Covington is also an accomplished vocalist and keyboardist, which keeps him busy in the LA music scene as an eclectic chameleon of talent. His infinite energy and his crowd-pleasing personality and vocal ability are a driving force in the success of the world-renowned jazz fusion group Tribal Tech featuring guitarist Scot Henderson, bassist Gary Willis, and keyboardist Scott Kinsey.

Coming from a musical family in Midland Texas, the youngest of five children, Kirk was encouraged to play drums at age seven by his brother Kyle. By age twelve, Covington was a full time 'garage band junkie'. Encouraged by his grandmother to play piano in his elementary years, Covington opted for sports instead and decided to stick to the drums, leaving the piano behind until his senior year of high school.

At age fifteen, Kirk was borrowing the family truck, and hauling his drum kit to rock 'n' roll and country gigs around the Midland, Texas region.

With little formal training, Covington entered the internationally renowned North Texas State University jazz program. He eventually landed the drum chair in the infamous Two O'clock Lab Band, a position that would also create many musical relationships with now famous players, including a young bassist named Gary Willis.

After college, Covington and Willis continued to work together in Condor, one of the most popular jazz-fusion bands in the region. Condor released an album in 1981 on Inner City Records that spent 4 weeks at #2 on the European Melody Maker Jazz charts. Several notable drummers followed in Covington's footsteps in Condor, including Greg Bissonette and Mike Baker. By this time Kirk had developed a naturally powerful and very soulful vocal style that, combined with his ever growing skills as a drummer and keyboardist, quickly made him one of the most sought after players in the Dallas area. Being a vocalist, keyboardist, songwriter, and drummer also led to several national promotional spots, writing and performing corporate jingles and radio and TV spots.

Encouraged by the success that bassist Gary Willis and other North Texas musical associates found in relocation to Los Angeles, Covington decided it was time to pack up his family and make the big move.

In the spring of 1991, the jazz fusion band Tribal Tech (a group that bassist Gary Willis and guitarist Scott Henderson had put together through their working relationships with such artists as Chick Corea, Joe Zawinul, Wayne Shorter, and as instructors at Hollywood's now famous Musicians Institute), began a search for a new drummer. They needed a player whose technique was as flawless as their own; a visionary player who could help carry Tribal Tech into the next decade. The search ended with Willis' old Texas buddy Covington.

Covington's success in Tribal Tech, propelled him into the spotlight as the animated backbone of "Tribal" shows worldwide. His inventive drumming was captured on the last three "Tribal" releases on Mesa/Bluemoon Records, Illicit ('92), Face First ('93), and Reality Check ('95). A new Tribal Tech release is scheduled for early '98 with a tour to follow.

Guitarist Scott Henderson also recruited Covington onto his solo recording efforts. Henderson's Dog Party CD, released in '94, featured Covington on drums and also unleashed Kirk's vocal talents on seven tunes. Dog Party is Henderson's most successful recording to date, and was voted Best Blues Record of the Year by Guitar Player Magazine (Jan '95 issue) receiving more votes than B. B. King's Blues Summit (#2) and Eric Clapton's From The

Cradle (#3). Covington can be heard locking down the groove on Henderson's most recent burning blues release Tore Down House on Mesa/Bluemoon released in April '97.

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