When internationally renowned music artists such as Grammy-nominated Joe Nichols, Texas Country Music Hall of Fame legend Johnny Lee, Darius Rucker (“Hootie & The Blowfish“), Mark Miller (“Sawyer Brown“), and Larry Stewart (“Restless Heart”) needed a powerful and dynamic drummer to support their “star” stage positions in various performance situations, their needs were easily met and surpassed by Rocky Caron. Rocky’s stage presence, professionalism, friendly personality, tasteful musicality, and powerful groove has made him one of the most respected and admired drummers performing on the live circuit today.
Additionally, Rocky successfully filled the drummer’s seat for several respected “Classic” and regional bands such as “The Coasters”, “The Angels”, Alternative rocker “Edwin McCain“, “Shawna Russell & Way Out West”, “Audio Rodeo”, and “J. Scott McCoy”. Rocky has contributed his remarkable sense of meter and powerhouse groove to regional R&B/Funk project bands such as “Matrix” and “Legends”. His “top shelf” drumming abilities easily and successfully hurdle across and into different musical genres, knowing few percussive boundaries.
Rocky’s first experience with a soon-to-become international prominence was while playing with Country star Joe Nichols for over two years during the latter part of the 1990s. Currently he uses his powerful drumming skills as the drummer for Country legend Johnny Lee & The Urban Cowboy Band.
Rocky was born in Fall River, MA, but, at about 2 years of age moved to Milpitas, CA, until the age of 21. He began playing drums at the young age of 10, later playing drums in his high school Jazz band, marching band, and concert band. After graduating from high school, he joined a local Rock band and toured throughout California.
In 1986, Rocky moved to New Mexico and joined a touring Country band who performed at numerous venues. During this period he opened for many international acts such as Keith Whitley, “The Bellamy Brothers“, “Sawyer Brown“, and many more. In 1990, he moved to Tulsa, OK, joining several regional bands, performing several different styles of music.
In 1996, Rocky auditioned for Country artist Joe Nichols’ band and landed in the drummer‘s seat. After polishing their stage show, they began touring extensively. That was Rocky’s first band membership in musical support of a soon-to-become Grammy-nominated Country star. After touring all across the U.S. with Joe Nichols for a little over two years, being seen on “CMT” and other country music channels in Joe‘s first three music videos, Rocky made a decision to stay closer to home in order to help raise his son, all the while being fortunate in continuing his live performing in and around Tulsa.
In 2003, Rocky was offered the drummer’s seat for Country legend Johnny Lee and “The Urban Cowboy Band“, to which he continues to this day, touring all across the U.S., but, not as extensively as when he was touring with Joe Nichols. With Johnny Lee, Rocky has performed at the world famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN, and many other notable venues across the U.S. He has shared the stage with many Country artists and legends such as Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, John Conlee, “Restless Heart“, “Highway 101“, Lacy J. Dalton, Johnny Rodriguez, and Gene Watson, just to name a few.
Rocky enjoys being on the road, most of all when he’s traveling on a tour bus. Rocky states, “it’s my home away from home, I wouldn’t trade it for anything“. He also states, “to me, there’s no feeling in the world like performing on stage for Country music fans, they just fire you up to play your best.”
Rocky is endorsed by SONOR™ drums and plays them exclusively. He proudly acknowledges, “they are the best drums made, period…there is a certain ‘feel and sound’ to SONOR™ drums, which (I feel) no other drums have.”