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I grew up on Chicago's North Shore, studied percussion with Slingerland's master teacher, Jake Jerger, pursued a degree in jazz performance at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, and played drums professionally in the Midwest for a decade. I've since earned a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin -- Madison, as well as a master's degree in computer-assisted language learning. For several decades now I've worked for software development companies as a technical writer and trainer. My obsession with music and drumming, however, is unabated. I am especially interested in R&B recordings of the 50s and the rapidly evolving world music scene. I maintain a personal collection of about 3000 albums and CDs, but my iPod is now the center of my music universe. My wife and I live just south of the San Francisco Peaks in Flagstaff, Arizona where we enjoy digital imaging, classic English novels, science fiction films, hiking, and vegetarian cooking, as well as a brown dog the size of a Humvee and an arm full of rescue cats. Following a rock climbing accident, I've had to abandon my trapdrum set, but I can see clearly now conga drums and tablas in my future.

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Hello, I’m Bill Kilpatrick, host of Ain’t That a Groove. My webstream radio show is about music discovery,
and music history, and music appreciation. But its point of origin is rhythm and groove.That’s why the station
features recordings of pressing interest to drummers — and as I like to say — other connoisseurs of high art
and the fundamental wisdom of the big beat. 

Ain’t That a Groove is actively hosted by a DJ — that’s me. I comprehensively introduce most of the albums
and artists featured on the program, just like back in the day, while relating stories about how the music
was made or why I think it’s worthy of my listeners’ attention. Which is to say, ATG is not simply a playlist:
it’s an audio magazine.  

My Mission

Ain’t That a Groove lives to serve listeners in the discovery of memorable music that has noteworthy drum tracks. As Jane Austen might say, I greatly esteem’ a drum track that brilliantly sustains the mood and style
utilized by anexceptional recording. And when I say 'drums', I mean percussion of all sizes, shapes,
and origins, not just western-style drum sets. In my estimation, a great drum track is the ham fisted funk
and roll of XTC’s Terry Chambers,but also the exquisite touch and artistry of vibraphonist Stefon Harris,
as well as the joyful noise of Mickey Hart’s Global Drum ensemble,using hand drums and percussion
to seek everyday transcendence.

Which is to say, on ATG, it’s not just about big beats and heavy grooves. It’s about great songs what got exceptional drum tracks of every possible pedigree in a great variety of moods, tempos, and
music settings. And finally, ATG is funded and produced entirely by me without any assistance from the music or
recording industries. Until we meet again, make it funky and let the drummer kick -- Flamdaddy