About the Blogger


Today, we have access to the modern and global troubadour.  Anybody with an inkling to tell a tale can do so using media such as Instagram or a personal blog.  We see spirited souls taking to the road and telling the same stories via the internet that Ramblin Jack Elliot and Robert Johnson gave us in song.

And we see artists of all media sharing their creations with like-minded people worldwide in a true democratization of art.

Folk culture is no longer limited to those within a certain radius of the storyteller.  We have, as never before, the ability to choose our folk and culture, regardless of location or era.

I find it very inspiring to witness the ways which artists and other creative individuals contribute to the stories of their respective communities and carry the torch of the vintage art that inspires them.

It is my hope that this blog will contribute to this valuable cultural palimpsest by sharing the stories of the brave, creative folk…

Those who march to the beat of a Different Drum.

These people are inspired.  They are innovative and fearlessly creative.  They are artists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and makers.  And most importantly, they are storytellers.

The blogger, Nikki Leigh, working on her favorite orange velvet couch.
Me, Nikki Leigh, working on my favorite orange velvet couch.

My name is Nikki Leigh and I am the founder and content creator behind Different Drum.

I am originally from a small town in California’s Central Valley, but I’ve lived all over Northern and Southern California.

My husband, our two kids, and I currently live in the forest in the San Bernardino Mountains in Southern California;  though we consider ourselves to be citizens of California.  On any given day you will find us in a car with our labradoodle, driving up Highway 99 to Northern California, or East to Joshua Tree.

This blog is my notebook.  It is my space to explore the artist as storyteller and artists of the past, stories of the vintage and antique objects I was raised to treasure, and to write about the small towns and cities we explore in this beautiful state we call home.

If you or anyone you know sounds like they might be a good fit for an interview with Different Drum, please drop me a line using the contact form.  I love to meet and interview new people!

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