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William N. Ryland - Professional Drummer

(972) 900-2319


Professional and experienced drummer, looking for a full-time project. Currently available to do "for-hire" work, but ultimately looking to join a full-time regional/national band or artist to support exclusively.

I am also available for "last minute" sub/fill-in work. I am totally capable of walking on stage with perfect strangers and putting on a great show!

Drumming is my full-time job ... my life. This is not a hobby.

My preferred genre is along the lines of Americana/Red Dirt/Alt-Country/Folk/Indie/Rock/Funk. I am interested in playing your original material. But, I also enjoy covers for live performances.


- Background Vocals.
- Can play to a click track.
- Perfect, natural timing.
- Tasteful, "In The Pocket" style of playing.
- Carries the beat with authority, allowing others to relax into the groove with confidence and ease.
- Appropriate fills - no over-playing.
- All genres, except Punk or Metal.
- Started playing professionally at the age of 15.

- 30 years experience.
- Healthy Mentally, Physically and Spiritually.
- Dealt with demons; healed emotional baggage; no interpersonal issues; works well with others.
- Always maintains a positive attitude; smiles a lot; enjoys all of life; has fun; is happy!
- No gossiping or complaining; solution-oriented; takes full responsibility (no victim stance).
- Alcohol and drug-free.

- Currently living in Dallas, but willing to travel to out of town gigs, tour, or relocate for the right team.
- Self-employed; able to manage my business on the phone while touring.
- Reliable vehicle.
- Single, no kids, no strings tying me down.


Here are some samples of my playing (not "professional quality" recordings) ... mostly improv, open jams and band rehearsals.

They were not originally intended to showcase my abilities for a resume. So, they hardly show the full extent of my abilities ...

My Reverb Page ...://m./artist/williamryland
More videos ...


Too many to list! Various bands over the years ... mostly Classic Rock, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, Blues, Dance, Country, Grunge, Funk and Jam Band.

Here are some bands that are still online ...

- Voodoo Blue ://.texasflood/fr_home.cfm
- Swine Cadillac s://.amazon/gp/dmusic/device/mp3/store/album/B000S580TA/highlight:B000S4N00K
- The Hippy Nuts ://.thehippynuts/
- Jason Cloud Band ://.jasoncloudband/
- Blackfoot Caroline ://m./artist/BlackfootCaroline
- The Luke Wyldmon Band ://m./artist/lukewyldmon
- Iron Belly OD ://m./artist/ironbellyod

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.


William N. Ryland
(972) 900-2319

PS: If you already have a drummer, please save my contact info. It's always smart to have a good back-up drummer in case of emergencies. And, I'm a quick study!

Screen name:
Member since:
Jun 24 2013
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:

Instrument experience:



- Vintage 1970's Ludwig 4-piece: beautiful, natural Maplewood finish (yellow); well cared for and preserved.
- Sounds great live, as well as in the studio.
- Very modern sound, but can tune drums to produce Retro, Vintage, Americana or Rootsy vibes.
- Pro-level Zildjian and Sabian cymbals.
- Full use of accessories: producing tasty Roots-Rock sounds with brushes, rods, shakers, High-Hat tambourine, cowbell and cymbal sizzle chains.
- Handy smart phone apps: recording rehearsals & gigs for review, mp3 player, click/metronome, set list app, etc.