UPDATE in Post 18... Just joined a band that primarily does covers of lots of Outlaw, old school country type stuff and some newer Americana type stuff. Everything from Willie, Waylon, Steve Earl, Slaid Cleaves, Chris Stapleton, Wilco, Son Volt, George Jones, etc. We've practiced a couple times so far. The two guitar players have played together a few times before they started looking for a bass player and drummer. Basically came up with a list of songs, picked 5 to learn for the first time we got together and adding a couple more for the second time we practiced. Being the bass player, I obviously want to lock with the drummer, but man, this guy's timing is pretty bad. He's always speeding up, especially after fills, usually hits way too hard and can't really hang back and just stay in the pocket for this type of music. He also has trouble with counting off songs, and I swear I heard him say that he's "not the best with counting off to start a song", and make the guitar player do it. He's a heck of a nice guy, super easy to get along with, super pleasant and chill. I just don't know how to bring it up to the other two guys. The one guitar player is very good, super technical and I'm sure he's picking up on the drummer's sloppiness, and most of the time he's mentioning that the timing wanders all over the place. I'm just not sure how, or if I even have a right to mention that the drummer isn't very good, and if I do, how do I go about it? I feel like a snake going behind his back and mentioning it to the other guys, but the other side of me thinks that why continue to waste time playing with a bad drummer when we could be actively searching for a competent one.