Michael Cartellone

Michael Cartellone

Michael Cartellone

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Michael Cartellone

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Country:   United States Category:   DRUMSET ARTISTS


Michael began drumming at the early age of nine in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. His first teacher was a "by the book rudiments guy" so Michael quickly started playing along to his sister's Beatles albums to have a release from his regimented drum lessons. As his playing progressed, his interest went from The Beatles to the progressive rock group Yes and to this day Bill Bruford is still his favorite drummer.



Michael's career followed the traditional routine; garage band, high school marching band, cover bands, and finally original bands. At the age of 22, he moved to New York City to pursue music professionally and work with former U.K./Roxy Music keyboardist, Eddie Jobson.


After a few years of hard work, Michael landed a tour with then former Styx member, Tommy Shaw. This spilled over into the mega group Damn Yankees, with Jack Blades and Ted Nugent rounding out the lineup. With the major success of their first album, the band traveled around the world as one of the most spectacular rock shows to date. With time off from touring, Michael moved to Nashville and began doing session work, which led to a gig with Suzy Boggus. His time in Nashville was short lived because the next call he would receive would be to replace Kenny Arnoff in John Fogerty's band.


When he is not home, he can be seen behind the kit with Southern Rock ambassadors Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Equipment Configuration 1

Tour Kit 2018


Arctic White Lacquer


22x18 bass drum x2 (8ply thin) 2-outer ply maple/6-inner ply mahogany - fully rounded bearing edges)

10x7 tom (6ply thin) 4-outer ply maple / 2-inner ply birch - rounded 45 edges)

12x8 tom (6ply thin) all maple - rounded 45 edges)

13x9 tom (6ply thin) 4-outer ply maple / 2-inner ply mahogany - rounded 45 edges)

14x14 floor tom (8 ply thin) 4-outer ply maple / 4-inner ply mahogany - fully rounded edges) 

16x16 floor tom (8 ply thin) 2-outer ply maple / 6-inner ply mahogany - fully rounded edges)

18x16 floor tom (8 ply thin) 2-outer ply maple / 6-inner ply mahogany - fully rounded edges)

14x6.5 Ian Paice Signature snare drum


Equipment Configuration 2

Tour Kit 2012

Reference Series 
Black Crystal Sparkle (custom)

22x16 bass drum x 2
10x7 tom
12x8 tom
13x9 tom
16x16 floor tom
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 Ian Paice Signature Snare Drum

Equipment Configuration 3

Tour Kit 2009

Arctic White with white hardware

22x18 bass drum x 2
13x10 tom
16x16 floor tom x 2
18x16 floor tom
14x6.5 UltraCast snare