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Bulger's Beat: Black Crowes drummer bridges sports, music

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It's common to find athletes who always wanted to be musicians, and musicians who hoped to become athletes.

That combination best comes together each week on the radio in Nashville.

Steve Gorman is a highly praised rock and roll drummer, banging out beats for years and still doing it for the acclaimed band The Black Crowes.

But he's also a sports nut who as a kid dreamed of basketball more than the blues. Finally, his world is filled with both.

On Mondays through Fridays at noon, Gorman sets up behind a radio microphone to talk sports on 102.5-FM The Game. Then, at night, he's behind the drums on a different stage.

For 20 years and counting, Gorman's chops have helped lift The Black Crowes to international fame, all while always keeping one eye on the games.

"It dawned on me the perfect cocoon exists, where I have a reason to play music and talk sports. It's my job, I have to do it," Gorman said.

His radio show is a mix of opinion, wit and winging it, much like in music.

"I take the occasional drum solo, but it's not that dissimilar to this. I don't think about it ahead of time. I get into the middle of it and sometimes run into a wall, but sometimes it's good," he said.

With a life of fun on the fly - talking and drumming - just like in sports, Gorman's bandmates have strong opinions, too.

"Half of them think it's the coolest thing they ever heard. The other half just wish I'd shut up about it," Gorman said.

Good humor and a friendly humanity best describes Gorman's sports style, which is easy to like.

The Black Crowes just sold out two upcoming shows at the Ryman Auditorium, and they are set to soon go on tour as Gorman takes the radio show on the road, too.

Steve Gorman Sports airs from noon to 1 p.m. on 102.5 The Game.

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