Eddie Bayers

Born January 28, 1949
Origin Patuxent, Maryland, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Session musician
Instruments Drums

Eddie Bayers (born January 28, 1949) is an American session drummer who has played on 300 gold and platinum albums. He received the Academy of Country Music ‘Drummer of the Year Award’ for fourteen years, and has three times won the Nashville Music Awards ‘Drummer of the Year’. He was also a member of two bands: The Players, and The Notorious Cherry Bombs.

The son of a career military man, Bayers moved around as a child, originally from Maryland then spending time in Nashville, North Africa, Oakland, and Philadelphia. His early musical training was as a classical pianist studying Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart. During his college years in Oakland, California he was a member of the Edwin Hawkins Singers and he also jammed with future stars Jerry Garcia, and Tom and John Fogerty and developed an appreciation for the creative aspects of music. After a short stint in a New Jersey show band he decided to move to Nashville.

Session work

Arriving in Nashville in 1973, Bayers became the house keyboard player at the Carousel Club where he met drummer Larrie Londin who inspired him to take up drumming. His drumming was influenced by soul drummers such as Al Jackson, Jr. and Clyde Stubblefield. He became the staff drummer at Audio Media Studios along with guitarist Paul Worley, keyboardist Dennis Burnside, and bassist Jack Jackson. Some of the recordings Eddie has played on are, Tanya Tucker, John Denver, Ricky Skaggs and George Strait. He has since worked with the likes of The Beach Boys, Garth Brooks,[4] Glen Campbell, Kenny Chesney, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Lane Brody,Julio Iglesias, Alan Jackson, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Uncle Kracker, Bob Seger, Sting, Steve Winwood, and Trisha Yearwood. He also co- produced Rosanne Cash’s album Interiors, A Glen Campbell Christmas, and the soundtrack for A Thing Called Love.

Selected discography

Year Artist/Band Album Contribution RIAA Certification

1968 Smoke Smoke keyboards
1979 George Jones My Very Special Guests drums[30]
1980 Dolly Parton 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs drums[31] gold[32]
1981 John Denver Some Days Are Diamonds drums[33] gold[34]
1982 Ricky Skaggs Highways & Heartaches percussion[35] platinum[36]
1984 George Strait Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind drums[37] platinum[38]
1984 Reba McEntire My Kind of Country drums[39] gold[40]
1987 Rosanne Cash King’s Record Shop drums[41] gold[42]
1987 Tanya Tucker Love Me Like You Used To drums[43] gold[44]
1990 Rosanne Cash Interiors drums,[45] producer[5]
1990 Steve Winwood Refugees of the Heart drums[46] gold[47]
1990 Delbert McClinton I’m With You drums[48]
1991 Trisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood drums[13] 2x platinum[49]
1993 Elton John Duets drums[50] platinum[51]
1993 Clay Walker Clay Walker drums[52] platinum[53]
1994 Julio Iglesias Crazy drums[11] gold[54]
1995 Bob Seger It’s a Mystery drums[12] gold[55]
1996 Mark Knopfler Golden Heart drums[56]
1999 Garth Brooks In the Life of Chris Gaines drums[57] 2x platinum[58]
1999 Glen Campbell A Glen Campbell Christmas percussion,[59] producer[14][59]
2004 The Players Live in Nashville DVD drums[60]
2004 The Notorious Cherry Bombs The Notorious Cherry Bombs drums[61]
2008 Elvis Presley Christmas Duets drums

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