Drummer Gary Allen (Charlie Daniels Band, J.J. Cale’s Band and The Outfit), notes that musicians often are not careful with their health, but they should be. They have late nights, poor eating habits, little exercise and little warm up. However, they are the ones who often have little to no health insurance to take care of matters when they come up. The lucky ones are the musicians who can get insurance from their union.
While Gary Allen is the type to save it all for the show, he will use a paddle ball to loosen his wrists if the drum equipment is not available. Charlie Daniels once declared that he should try for the Guinness Book of World Records for paddle balls! Allen says he never misses and can keep going, as long as the rubber holds out.