Eddie Bayers Jr. is Nashville's first-call session drummer and certainly one of the busiest musicians in the world. His calendar is booked months in advance to provide the beat behind country music's biggest stars, like Wynonna Judd, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Alan Jackson, George Strait, Mark Wills, Garth Brooks (Chris Gaines), Kenny Chesney, Leann Rimes, Lane Brody, Tanya Tucker, Ricky Skaggs, John Denver, George Straight, Vince Gill, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Steve Winwood, Peter Frampton, Lyle Lovett, and even Uncle Kracker.
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Born in Pautaxant River, Maryland in 1949, Eddie Bayers was actually trained as a classical pianist before veering towards the drums and less regimented forms of music during his college years in California.
It did not take long before Eddie Bayers jammed with Jerry Garcia, and both Tom and John Fogerty, and it was through Tom that Bayers got involved in the session life, including a stint at San Francisco’s Fantasy studios in the late ’60s.
Eddie Bayers has received the Academy Of Country Music’s “Drummer Of The Year” award 12 years in a row, has served on the National Academy Of Recording Arts And Sciences (NARAS) Board Of Governors three times, and also serves on the NARAS Educational Committee.