About Kevin Milton

Gene Simmons of the rock group KISS once said something to the effect that you can’t blame people because of where they were born. Despite the fact that I enjoyed my upbringing, growing up on a farm is not the most "rock-n-roll" story to be conveyed. Fortunately for me, music was everywhere in my youth. My uncle Harold Milton played professionally and I have many fond memories of listening to his guitar playing. My music world consisted of The Partridge Family and my toy-drum kit: A paper-headed bass drum with Schwan’s Ice Cream Plastic tubs for tom-toms.

I always dreamed of a way to become a David Cassidy/Mickey Dolenz clone. That was, until my neighbor turned me onto guitar, The Dobbie Brothers, Carly Simon and the whole California Sound. Although guitar was my first love (and the piano became a great plant holder), my passion was drums. I often skipped recess, just to listen to Mr. Norlin rehearse with the other band players. Throughout my elementary and high schools years, I continued to play in every type of school band, from the regular school bands, to providing theatre and Choir accompaniment, and rock bands with my friends. Drumming was my life.

During my 9th grade year, I had an opportunity to go to a week-long drum symposium with my drum hero Carmine Appice (Rod Stewart Band). I still have the picture of me with Carmine to this day (See photo gallery). Even local teachers like Al Reesness and a few others, took me under their wing and gave me incredible opportunities for musical growth in and outside school. During my High School years I also played in a Country band called The Selections. While my friends partied, I played…and made cash! By my senior year, however, I had formed my first professional rock band TEAZ, and by graduation, a tour was booked and we hit the road.

For the next six years I was in a constant musical learning-curve, dealing with musicians, agents, gear problems, transportation challenges and other assorted entertainment issues. My family invested heavily (financially and emotionally) while the rigors of my travels played on. The groups TEAZ, Killers, Baby Jane, The Works, Roxbury Drive, and Go Wild, all served as a reality cash-course in BAND 101. We had some unbelievable lows and incredible local highs. The band Go Wild released a cassette, and it sold well while creating a local buzz for our fledgling band.

While opening for the likes of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Romantics, Little Texas and ACCEPT, I learned a great deal about the coast of fame and learning about being humble.

Hit songwriter Dennis Morgan came into my life in 2000. After writing countless hit singles for the likes of Barbara Mandrel, Rod Stewart and many others, Morgan took the band I was in at the time (Roxbury Drive) under his tutelage. We recorded two products with Mr. Morgan’s songs and sold these tapes/CD’s at our shows. This period of recording made me even more determined to move forward in my musical career.

In 2005, after suffering from career challenges in the challenging newspaper industry, personal challenges and eventually the passing of my father, I took a brave step to cut the preverbal cord with SW Minnesota and see what I could find in the Minneapolis metro area. I had lived in the metro for a few years, but I had not immersed myself in the booming Metro music scene. Every weekend I’d commute home for shows. I finally need to make my break.

In 2005, a band leader named Doug Allen had responded to a blind e-mail I had sent to Goldberg Entertainment. He represented his own band called "Doug Allen and the Chicago Mob" and explained to me that his national/international act was in need of a drummer to fill-in for two weekends. After the first week, I was hired permanently. The tour took me all over the US from Colorado, to Pennsylvania. I played to a click-track and backing tracks, while watching for Doug’s cues. Doug’s band was like playing for Maynard Ferguson’s Big Band. For the first time, I was able to play new genres of music like Funk, R & B, Jazz, and Disco. Doug demanded solid playing and he re-built me as a drummer. I still smile every time I hear "Leave your Hat On" by Joe Cocker. I loved the road, the gigs and the new friendships with the band and its extended family of friends. Touring felt like Doug had assembled the cast of Seinfeld, and took it on the road. We each had our own distinct personality. No drugs, issues, or attitudes. Just lots of music, fancy hotels and trips to the bar.

In early 2006, I left the band before a six month tour of Asia started. My dad’s health had worsened, so I knew the enviable was near. I could not imagine being away during his funeral. So I left the Doug Allen tour. Since then I taken opportunities in local metro acts like “Whisky Road” (with whom I recorded my drum-solo DVD-R), “Black Water Alley”, “Brave New World” “The MLC Band (Featuring Paige Poyer)”, “The Hillbilly Mafia” and recently “The Whatnot’s”. With of some of these acts, I was not only able to play with top-shelf musicians and play in some of the largest rooms in the area, but I also was able to open for such notable artists like Craig Morgan, Aaron Tippin, Sawyer Brown, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw and many others. 2010, was a very busy touring season. I’ve been truly blessed to go from rocking out with “Roxbury”, to playing showroom material with “Doug Allen & The Chicago Mob”, to dance music with “Brave New World”, Top 40 Country with “The Hillbilly Mafia” and back to rock with “The Whatnots.” What an amazing ride thus far and I hope to play even more shows. All this experience, however, leads me to you.

Thank you for taking the time to read my Bio. If you or your act needs a talented, professional drummer with a good looks (lol), flash, tricks and professionalism, feel free to contact me. From fill-in’s to a backing up a solo artist, or even joining a band. I’m flexible. Let my experience help you. YOUR PROJECT WILL BE MY PASSION. Let’s make some music together!

o be continued…

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TEAZ
TEAZ

Baby Jane
Baby Jane

Go Wild
Go Wild

The Scream
The Scream

Roxbury Drive
Roxbury Drive

Kevin and Carmine Appice
Kevin and Carmine Appice

MLC Band w/ Craig Morgan
MLC Band w/ Craig Morgan

Doug Allen/Ozzy
Doug Allen/Ozzy

Kevin as a Child
Kevin as a Child