'John Henry:' Drummer vs. Drum Machine A fable by music historian Mitch Myers imagines a modern day John Henry taking part in a battle of man against machine. In the story, the owner of the Spotlight Lounge is getting ready to fire the house band in favor of "the Kid", a DJ who is outdrawing the John Henry trio. Drummer John Henry calls for a battle of the bands, man vs. machine, drummer vs. DJ. The spectacle unfolds.