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Zeke Hutchins
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Zeke Hutchins

Drums

Real name: Jonathan Lee Hutchins

"Named after John Lee Hooker at the insistence of my father. I was soon referred to as Zeke and it has remained with me since I was crawling.  Obviously, I was turned onto music first by my father. I began playing drums as a teenager. I started putting out 45's of my first band Queen Sarah Saturday while in high school. Once in college, we put out a couple of records with Thirsty Ear/Sony Records and toured steadily. I met Tift when I returned to college. We became close friends, went to shows together, and eventually, she gave me a cassette tape of some of her songs. The tape blew me away. I was amazed by her songwriting, her voice, and what she was doing at the time. I insisted we start a band, and that's what we did.

"While playing with Tift I continue to stay busy with other projects. Some of the projects I am working on or have worked on:

Johnny Irion: Unity Lodge - drums/touring
Sarah Lee Guthrie: Sarah Lee Guthrie - drums/touring
Sarah Lee and Johnny: Exploration - drums/touring

Portastatic: Autumn Was A Lark - touring/drums
Thad Cockrell: Warmth and Beauty - drums/touring
Hotel Lights: currently touring/drumming

Stillhouse
: Through the Winter - currently drumming/touring

"Vella Recordings: The label I started with Jay Brown to put out Stillhouse records [Vella also put out the initial release of Buckingham Solo in 2009]

"Music Maker Relief Foundation
- Please check this foundation out!  I just finished producing a record for them by John Dee Holeman that has a lot of the guys from Chatham County Line playing on it. Cool John Ferguson is on it. A really cool record. John Dee is 78 years old and from Durham, NC.

"Thanks to all of the fans at tiftmerritt.net! You all really help make it work.
"

--Zeke

Zeke Hutchins has been The Drummer all along.  On the road, he usually functions as tour manager as well.  He and Tift were married in March 2009.

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