- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

PROPHETSTOWN, Ill. (AP) - From Sinatra to Prince, from Johnny Cash to Bruno Mars, if they’ve sung it, Steve Morris and his one-man-band can cover it.

Mr. Morris, 45, of Prophetstown, is the talent behind Have Drums Will Travel.

“I’ve seen the one-man-band thing done with singers with guitars and keyboards and I wondered why a drummer hasn’t done it, so I went for it,” he said. “Now, with the electric drums and the technology, I can be as quiet or as loud as I need to be. I can play in the background at a dinner party, or I can be more of the main event. I decided to give it a try and it’s really taken off.

“I’ve been drumming for as far back as I can remember,” Mr. Morris said. “I’ve been doing it professionally for 30 years.”

He’s been doing the one-man-band for coming up on three years and there aren’t too many events he hasn’t played.

“I play pretty much anywhere they will let me,” he said. “I play at nursing homes and assisted living places. I have a Frank Sinatra act that seems to go over pretty well. I play at a few farmers markets, some clubs and bars and some churches. I’ve played at Christmas parties, which I have a few coming up.”

The variety is key, Mr. Morris said.

“I can cover everything from Sinatra to Prince, from Johnny Cash to Bruno Mars, whatever the situation calls for.”

With the electric drums, he also has a laptop with music synced up to play tracks.

“It’s nice because I can make it sound like a full band is behind me from pretty much any genre,” he said.

He grew up a music fan and credits his family for his musical leanings.

“I was mainly brought up on rock ‘n’ roll music,” Mr. Morris said. “My dad listened to some rock and some big band and some country. My brothers and sisters were into rock ‘n’ roll. I would listen to just about anything, but I love rock ‘n’ roll.”

Mr. Morris also plays with The Funnies, an area classic rock band.

“I love playing with the band, too,” Mr. Morris said. “There’s nothing like the experience of playing for a live crowd.”

He’s also given drum lessons, but currently doesn’t have any students.

He also plays for Harry Bailey’s Transport, a band that mainly records music for license.

“We’ve recorded stuff for MTV, VH1, Discovery and the History Channel,” he said. The music they record is often played in the background during a show.

“We were even on Rachel Ray,” he said. He said it’s a pretty big kick to hear music they’ve recorded playing on a TV show. “If you watch way too much late-night cable TV, you might hear something of ours.”


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