Having most recently laid down tracks for Mark Deutrom's upcoming solo release and touring the world with Grammy-nominated hard rockers Nashville Pussy – Rob “RL” Hulsman started his drumming career under the tutelage of University of Kentucky percussion master Jim Campbell. A classically trained percussionist who made his way up through the world of rock, Hulsman has played with a host of artists, including Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Mark Deutrom, Nine Pound Hammer, Nashville Pussy, Jon Langford (Mekons), Jon Sinclair (MC5), Bonz (Stuck Mojo), Greg Martin (KY Headhunters), Tarbox Ramblers, Monique Ortiz, Scissormen and many others.
Hulsman’s professional career began in his teens as the original drummer for cowpunk pioneers Nine Pound Hammer, recording their first two albums and touring the world. Relocating to Boston in the late 90s, Hulsman rose through the city’s musical ranks to play with Rounder Recording artist Tarbox Ramblers and blues powerhouse the Scissormen (subject of the 2010 Robert Mugee documentary Big Shoes), as well as Billy Conway, Jerome Deupree and Dana Colley of Morphine. He was also a regular contributor to Drum! Magazine during this period.
Currently, Hulsman resides in Atlanta, where he has reunited with Nine Pound Hammer, recording their 2017 release, The Bluegrass Conspiracy. He was also called up to fill the drum seat for Grammy-nominated Nashville Pussy, touring the world with the band for two years, culminating in front of a crowd of 65,000 at HellFest 2016. Also in 2016, Hulsman was invited to collaborate with Mark Deutrom - with his collective Bellringer as well as his upcoming solo record.
Next up in 2018 - the release of the Mark Deutrom solo record on Seasons of Mist Records and a summer European tour in support of Nine Pound Hammer’s latest.