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Eddie Bayers

Eddie Bayers
Eddie Bayers wearing a black baseball cap
Eddie Bayers in 2008
Background information
Born (1949-01-28) January 28, 1949
Origin Pautaxant, Maryland
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Session musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1968—present
Labels Universal South
Associated acts The Players, The Notorious Cherry Bombs

Eddie Bayers (born 28 January 1949) is an American session drummer who has played on 150 gold and platinum albums. He received the Academy of Country Music 'Drummer of the Year Award' for eight straight years, and has three times won the Nashville Music Awards 'Drummer of the Year'. He is also a member of two bands: The Players, and The Notorious Cherry Bombs.

Early life

The son of a career military man, Bayers moved around as a child, originally from Maryland[1] then spending time in Nashville, North Africa, Oakland, and Philadelphia.[2][3] His early musical training was as a classical pianist studying Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart.[2][3] During his college years in Oakland, California he jammed with future stars Jerry Garcia, and Tom and John Fogerty and developed an appreciation for the creative aspects of music.[4] After a short stint in a New Jersey show band he decided to move to Nashville.[5]

Session work

Arriving in Nashville in 1973, Bayers became the house keyboard player at the Carousel Club[2] where he met drummer [5] He has since worked with the likes of The Beach Boys,[9] Garth Brooks,[4] Glen Campbell,[10] Kenny Chesney,[4] Peter Frampton,[4] Vince Gill,[3] Rebecca Lynn Howard,[6] Julio Iglesias,[11] Alan Jackson,[4] Elton John,[7] Mark Knopfler,[4] Uncle Kracker,[6] Bob Seger,[3][12] Sting,[4] Steve Winwood,[4] and Trisha Yearwood.[4][13] He has also produced Rosanne Cash's album Interiors,[5] A Glen Campbell Christmas,[10][14] and the soundtrack for A Thing Called Love.[5]


The Players

In 2002 Bayers formed a band, The Players, with fellow studio musicians Brent Mason, Paul Franklin, John Hobbs, Michael Rhodes. The group released a live DVD, Live in Nashville,[15] featuring their own performances along with guest appearances by Peter Frampton, Shawn Colvin, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill, and Jim Horn.[7]

The Notorious Cherry Bombs

Bayers replaced his former mentor, drummer Larrie Londin,[16] in a reunited Notorious Cherry Bombs for a 2003 ASCAP Country Awards dinner.[7] The band decided to stay together and has released The Notorious Cherry Bombs which was nominated for Grammies in both the 'Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal' and 'Best Country Song' categories.[17] Along with Bayers the band consists of Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, Hank DeVito, Richard Bennett, and Michael Rhodes.[7]

The Medallion Band

An all-star lineup was assembled to be the backing band at the 2010 Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony dubbed the Medallion Band. Bayers served as drummer and was accompanied by keyboardist and music director John Hobbs, pedal steel player Paul Franklin, electric guitarist Steve Gibson, bassist Michael Rhodes, fiddler Deanie Richardson, tuba player Larry Paxton, background vocalists Dawn Sears and Jeff White, and acoustic guitarist Biff Watson.[18][19] Later that year Bayers and a slightly revamped Medallion Band accompanied Shawn Camp in honoring Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Dean.[20] Bayers played the same role for the 2011 Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony with the band now dubbed the Medallion All-Stars.[21]


Bayers received the 'Academy of Country Music Drummer of the Year Award' 13 times,[2] 'Nashville Music Awards Drummer of the Year' three times,[3] and one of the 10 greatest session drummers of all time by Drum! magazine.[22] He has been nominated for the 'CMA Musician of the Year' ten times but has yet to bring home the prize.[23][24][25][26][27]

Music industry

In addition to his work as a musician, Bayers has contributed to the recording industry as a 12-year member of the Board of Governors for NARAS.[6] He is also the part-owner of the Money Pit recording studio. The number one singles "What I Really Meant to Say" by Cyndi Thomson and "Blessed" by Martina McBride were both recorded at his studio.[28]

Selected discography

Year Artist/Band Album Contribution RIAA Certification
1968 Smoke Smoke keyboards[29]
1979 Jones, GeorgeGeorge Jones My Very Special Guests drums[30]
1980 Parton, DollyDolly Parton 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs drums[31] gold[32]
1981 Denver, JohnJohn Denver Some Days Are Diamonds drums[33] gold[34]
1982 Skaggs, RickyRicky Skaggs Highways & Heartaches percussion[35] platinum[36]
1984 Strait, GeorgeGeorge Strait Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind drums[37] platinum[38]
1984 McEntire, RebaReba McEntire My Kind of Country drums[39] gold[40]
1987 Cash, RosanneRosanne Cash King's Record Shop drums[41] gold[42]
1987 Tucker, TanyaTanya Tucker Love Me Like You Used To drums[43] gold[44]
1990 Cash, RosanneRosanne Cash Interiors drums,[45] producer[5]
1990 Winwood, SteveSteve Winwood Refugees of the Heart drums[46] gold[47]
1990 McClinton, DelbertDelbert McClinton I'm With You drums[48]
1991 Yearwood, TrishaTrisha Yearwood Trisha Yearwood drums[13] 2x platinum[49]
1993 John, EltonElton John Duets drums[50] platinum[51]
1993 Walker, ClayClay Walker Clay Walker drums[52] platinum[53]
1994 Iglesias, JulioJulio Iglesias Crazy drums[11] gold[54]
1995 Seger, BobBob Seger It's a Mystery drums[12] gold[55]
1996 Knopfler, MarkMark Knopfler Golden Heart drums[56]
1999 Brooks, GarthGarth Brooks In the Life of Chris Gaines drums[57] 2x platinum[58]
1999 Campbell, GlenGlen Campbell A Glen Campbell Christmas percussion,[59] producer[14][59]
2004 Players, TheThe Players Live in Nashville DVD drums[60]
2004 Notorious Cherry Bombs, TheThe Notorious Cherry Bombs The Notorious Cherry Bombs drums[61]
2008 Presley, ElvisElvis Presley Christmas Duets drums[62]


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  2. ^ a b c d Kurutz, Steve. "Biography—Eddie Bayers".  
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  6. ^ a b c d "Eddie Bayers Biography".  
  7. ^ a b c d e "Studio Start Joins Two Bands".  
  8. ^ Kosser, Michael (2006). How Nashville became Music City, U.S.A.: 50 years of Music Row. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 84.  
  9. ^ Doyle, Patrick (28 September 2011). "Beach Boys Plan Anniversary Blowout with Likely Reunion Tour".  
  10. ^ a b Gray, Michael (2 December 2008). "A Glen Campbell Christmas".  
  11. ^ a b "Crazy"Credits .  
  12. ^ a b "It's a Mystery"Credits .  
  13. ^ a b "Trisha Yearwood"Credits .  
  14. ^ a b Gray, Michael (21 April 2000). "Glen Campbell's TNN Christmas CD Wins Dove Award".  
  15. ^ "Live in Nashville"Overview—.  
  16. ^ "Reads like Who's Who".  
  17. ^ "The Bio". Retrieved 20 November 2009. 
  18. ^ Morris, Edward (24 May 2010). "One Enchanted Evening: Ferlin Husky, Billy Sherrill Enter Country Music Hall of Fame".  
  19. ^ "Hall of Fame inducts Husky, Sherrill".  
  20. ^ Morris, Edward (25 October 2010). "Don Williams, Jimmy Dean Officially Inducted Into Country Music Hall of Fame".  
  21. ^ Newcomer, Wendy (23 May 2011). "Stars Salute New Hall of Fame Members Reba, Jean Shepard & Bobby Braddock".  
  22. ^ "Eddie Bayers Makes Top 10 List of Session Drummers".  
  23. ^ "CMA Awards: Predictions and Personal Picks". Country Universe. 8 November 2009. Retrieved 23 November 2009. 
  24. ^ Hurst, Jack (2 October 1994). "Married-With Predictions Forecasting CMA Award Winners Stirs a Spousal Debate".  
  25. ^ Harris, Pat (8 August 1998). "Strait to the top awards".  
  26. ^ Harris, Pat (30 August 2007). "Paisley and Strait top country music nods".  
  27. ^ "Brad Paisley Leads Finalists With Six Nominations for 'The 43rd Annual CMA Awards,' Country Music's Biggest Night". American Chronicle. 9 September 2009. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  28. ^ Walsh, Christopher (28 September 2002). "Top Performing Studios".  
  29. ^ "Smoke"Credits .  
  30. ^ "My Very Special Guests"Credits .  
  31. ^ "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs"Credits .  
  32. ^ "9 to 5 and Odd Jobs"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  33. ^ "Some Days Are Diamonds"Credits .  
  34. ^ "Some Days Are Diamonds"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  35. ^ "Highways & Heartaches"Credits .  
  36. ^ "Highways & Heartaches"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  37. ^ "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind"Credits .  
  38. ^ "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  39. ^ "My Kind of Country"Credits .  
  40. ^ "My Kind of Country"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  41. ^ McGee, David (1 November 2005). Steve Earle: fearless heart, outlaw poet. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 105–106.  
  42. ^ "King's Record Shop"Gold & Platinum database: . RIAA. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  43. ^ "Love Me Like You Used To"Credits .  
  44. ^ "Love Me Like You Used To"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  45. ^ "Interiors"Credits .  
  46. ^ "Refugees of the Heart"Credits .  
  47. ^ "Refugees of the Heart"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  48. ^ "Christmas Duets"Credits .  
  49. ^ "Trisha Yearwood"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  50. ^ "Duets"Credits .  
  51. ^ "Duets"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  52. ^ "Clay Walker"Credits .  
  53. ^ "Clay Walker"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  54. ^ "Crazy"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  55. ^ "It's a Mystery"Gold & Platinum database .  
  56. ^ "Golden Heart"Credits .  
  57. ^ "In the Life of Chris Gains"Credits .  
  58. ^ "In the Life of Chris Gaines"Gold & Platinum database: .  
  59. ^ a b "A Glen Campbell Christmas"Credits .  
  60. ^ "Live in Nashville"Credits .  
  61. ^ "The Notorious Cherry Bombs"Credits .  
  62. ^ "Christmas Duets"Credits .  

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