His work with Michelle Branch is just one example of Kenny’s sympathetic drumming for a whole bunch of female artists, including hits for Avril Lavigne, Melissa Etheridge, Alanis Morrisette and Bonnie Raitt.
Kenny Aronoff says:
“Michelle Branch’s Everywhere was a big hit from the album. I overdubbed drums onto eight guitar tracks, keyboards, loops and vocals. I played a take and there was no excitement in the control room, so I knew something was wrong.”
”As soon as I heard it back I went, ‘wow, I sound so laid back. OK, we got a problem’. I brought up the guitars and I realised that they were on top of the beat, making me sound behind the beat. So I turned the click way down and the main guitars up, and played to that – it sounded amazing.”
“My point is that when you’re overdubbing to finished tracks it’s not enough just to play steadily with the click. You have to do whatever it takes to make it sound great. Go in and figure out what it takes to make it sound like you were all playing together like a band.”