James Varnado

I was born in New Orleans, La. and when I was young my family moved to Houma, La. Houma was where I began playing drums in the Baptist Church.

In pursuing my love of drumming I have been honored to sit with some of the finest names in Louisiana including:

Dixie Cups (Chapel Of Love)

George Porter of the Meters (Sissy Strut)

          Charmaine Neville of the Neville Brothers Family

Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen

Wild Magnolia’s and the Mardi Gras Indians

Tad Benoit – Swamp Blues Band

Mem Shannon and the Membership Blues Band

My recent 8 year tenure with Dickey Betts gave me the opportunity to share bookings with such music greats as Ted Nugent, Thin Lizzy (Tommy Aldrich), Santana and BB King. Having 22 tours out of the United States to South America and Europe, including Brazil, Spain, Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Holland, Belgium and finally the UK, I have become a “well travelled” drummer. Between tours and gigs, I enjoy teaching private drum lessons to students and of course always looking to do more.