Drummer/percussionist Brett Abelman is leaving Sam Cooper & The Sleepwalkers.

We’ve had member additions and subtractions before, and have announced them economically and professionally and moved on, but this change seems to merit a longer post. Brett has been playing with Sam since early 2007—that’s five years of ups, downs, rebrandings, reconnoiterings, lineup overhauls, bad gigs, great gigs, exploration, recording, and musical friendship. His contributions to SC&S (and its predecessor, Grasshopper) were numerous and invaluable.

Brett has decided to follow a path in theater more seriously; he is a talented playwright and actor and has been active in the DC theater scene for some time now (two of his plays have been produced as part of DC Fringe Festival), and I hope you join us in wishing him nothing but success and happiness in these endeavors.

This parting is completely amicable; Brett informed us of his intentions a couple weeks ago, and we are still working together with him to play some great shows and release a long-overdue EP that will be Brett’s last with the band. We are grateful for the time he put in, and sorry to see him go, but very excited to see him so actively pursue his passion.

As for SC&S, we’ll be bringing on a new member to fill the drum throne that Brett leaves empty, writing lots of new material, recording here and there, and rocking on a stage near you!