Charlie Richard Woodburn (Born August 1 1972 in Gainesville,
Texas) is a session drummer in Los Angeles, California.
Charlie first started
drumming at the age of 10 years old. He startedout on a tiny “disco
beat” drum kit, then moved on to a
real drumset at 15. Woodburn played in jazz band, marching band, and
orchestra (and rock bands after school) all through out junior high
and high school.
Playing in high school jazz band while still in junior high was the
first indication of serious devotion to the instrument. In 1992, Charlie
moved to Austin, Texas. He became part of the music scene quickly by
joining the experimental rock band Furry Things (Trance Syndicate Records).
Woodburn spent most of the 90’s touringand recording with the
In 1997, Charlie moved to Los Angeles CA to record what would be the
last Furry Things record, the Brad Laner/ Ken Gibson produced album
Moments Away. Soon after, the band broke up. FT’s bassist Cathy
suggested Charlie pursue a career in session drumming and that is what
From the late 90’s to the present Charlie has played with many
artists. Live one-off fill in gigs, tours, studio albums, and
He has worked with Artichoke, Sara Radle, Meredith Meyer, Magic Wands,
Brandon McCulloch, Sam Boxleitner, Sharon Temple, Scott Watson, Bell
Gardens, Mark Burgess (Chameleons), Pretty Vicious, Ari Shine, Shiloe,
The Digs, The Vines, Sara Melson, Pete McLeod, Laura Meyer, [a]pendics.shuffle
and many more.
Mostly working in the pop/rock/alternative genre Charlie’s drumming
style is a combination of groove oriented beats and precise fills. Always
playing for the song, he incorporates percussive elements and electronics
when needed to add to the music.
His influences are varied, ranging from John Coltrane drummer Elvin
Jones to Devo’s Alan
Meyers. He is currently writing a blog for Modern Drummer. His personal
website can be found at www.charliewoodburn.com