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Eddie Bayers, Drummer

Performed or Recorded With:

Ricky Van Shelton
Michael Murphy
The Judds
Rodney Crowell
Rosanne Cash
Alan Jackson
K.T. Oslin
Trisha Yearwood
Jimmy Webb
Vince Gill
Tanja Tucker
George Strait
Hank Williams Jr.
Pam Tillis
Randy Travis
Keith Whitley
Steve Warner
Kenny Rodgers
Dan Seals
Billy Dean
Davies Daniels
Lorrie Morgan
George Jones


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Eddie Bayers, Drummer

Drummer, Eddie Bayers was born in Pautaxant, Maryland on January 28, 1949 and has lived in various locations, including North Africa.

Trained as a classical pianist, it was during his college years in California that his musical interests took a turn. "I loved playing the music...but I was in an interpretive mode. In the collegiate years you are subject to interpreting the music exactly the way the professors think you should. To me, it was more fun feeling it the way I wanted to feel it. Not to demean the original composer, but I was starting to see there was a creative part of music."

Eddie began jamming with local musicians, including Jerry Garcia and Tom and John Fogerty (of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame) and through Tom he became involved with studio work. Soon, he began hearing good reports about the Nashville music community. "Capabilities for being a session player were diminishing in the West Coast because of self contained bands, the overdubs - things like that, Eddie says. "You could still do well in the movie soundtrack end, but for the commercial side of music, it looked like Nashville was the place where it was going to happen."

Establishing himself in Nashville as one of the top studio drummers, Eddie has since worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Vince Gill, George Strait, and Bob Seger - playing on more than 150 gold and platinum albums and numerous movie soundtracks. 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.

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