Daily Distraction: Watch Ohio expat Mark Stepro drum for the Wallflowers

Jakob Dylan's band debuted new song 'Roots and Wings' from forthcoming album 'Exit Wounds' on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Joel Oliphint
Columbus Alive
The Wallflowers performing "Roots and Wings" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, featuring Mark Stepro on drums.

Drummer Mark Stepro grew up north of Columbus in Crawford County. The son of two schoolteachers, he went to Capital University, then left Ohio for New York City, and then Los Angeles, but along the way he kept up musical collaborations with other Ohio expats like Tim Easton, JP Olsen and the Madison Square Gardeners (featuring Aaron Lee Tasjan).

Over the years, Stepro put in a lot of work and turned into a go-to drummer for bigger and bigger artists (while also remaining an Incredibly Nice Dude): Ben Kweller, Butch Walker, Courtney Love, Brett Dennen... The guy has backed up Margo Price, Dwight Yoakam (another Ohio expat), Jackson Browne and John Prine onstage. Need I say more?

This week, Stepro showed up behind the kit for the Wallflowers' new song "Roots and Wings," which is from Exit Wounds (New West Records), the first Wallflowers studio album from Jakob Dylan in nine years. And the song is pretty good! Here's what Dylan had to say about it in a press release: "I think everybody – no matter what side of the aisle you’re on – wherever we’re going to next, we're all taking a lot of exit wounds with us. Nobody is the same as they were four years ago. That, to me, is what Exit Wounds signifies. And it's not meant to be negative at all. It just means that wherever you’re headed, even if it’s to a better place, you leave people and things behind, and you think about those people and those things and you carry them with you. Those are your exit wounds. And right now, we’re all swimming in them.”

Check out this performance of "Roots and Wings" on Jimmy Kimmel Live, featuring Stepro on drums, doing Ohio proud: