Today I’d like to profile my friend and co-author, Rich Redmond:
Rich is a top call recording drummer/percussionist who’s versatile, dynamic, and rock solid drumming is the heartbeat behind many of today’s top talents. As Nashville’s answer to Gene Krupa, Rich has recorded as a musician (and sometimes co-producer) with an ever-growing list of the “Who’s Who” of the music industry. Perhaps best known for his work as the studio and touring drummer for Country Music superstar Jason Aldean, Rich has played on all five of the artist’s multi-platinum recordings which produced 20 #1 hits and over 10 million downloads. Rich has also been featured prominently in many of Jason Aldean’s videos and two best-selling live concert DVDs.
With nearly 20 years in the music business, Rich brings a savvy knowledge of what will work. He has performed/toured/recorded with: Jason Aldean, Ludacris, Kelly Clarkson, Bryan Adams, Bob Seger, Brooks and Dunn, Joe Perry, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Florida Georgia Line, Thompson Square, Steel Magnolia, Pam Tillis, Susan Ashton, Deana Carter, 1,000 Horses, Chris Stapleton, Montgomery Gentry, Alabama, John Anderson, Trace Adkins, and many others. His diverse skillset and multifaceted style enable him to truly serve the artist and the song. Rich began playing drums at age 8 and later played in the prestigious 1:00 Lab Band at The University of North Texas. Receiving his Master’s Degree in Music Education and percussion, Rich now combines his classical training and street smarts musicianship to bring his passion filled drumming to the world.
In addition to performing on some of the world’s most coveted stages including The Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Red Rocks, The Gorge, Wrigley Field and The Grand Old Opry, Rich has appeared on late night and early morning shows such as The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, Conan O’ Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Good Morning America, Bonnie Hunt, Ellen, The CMA Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Awards, and many others.
In addition to co-authoring the instructional book/DVD program FUNdamentals of Drumming for KidsTM, (with your host) Rich is also featured regularly as a contributor and/or artist in magazines such as Modern Drummer, Drum!, Drumhead and Rhythm. He is also the founder and motivational speaker of the widely popular clinic CRASH Course for SuccessTM. A fan favorite, Rich was voted “Best Country Drummer” and “Clinician” in the 2010 Modern Drummer Readers Polls and “Best Clinician” and “Studio Drummer” in the 2011 Drum! Magazine “Drummie Awards.” He is also Modern Drummer Magazine’s “Best Country Drummer” for 2016. Rich has also appeared as a guest speaker/educator on The Drum Channel, Drumeo, Drummer’s Collective, 180 Drums, and at both the Musician’s Institute and PASIC.
Rich is also the founder of Drummer’s Weekend, a 24-hour immersive experience for drummers of all ages. Campers at Rich’s “Drummer’s Weekends” experience life changing events. Each weekend features three days of hands on training. “Drummer’s Weekends” feature clinics, master classes, roundtable discussions and powerful Q+A sessions. Students even get to play with a top call rhythm section and perform a “Closing Ceremony” Concert in front of a live audience. All proceeds from that event are donated to a local charity.
Rich is a well-rounded musician, songwriter, entrepreneur, and founding member of a production team known as New Voice Entertainment (NV), who is constantly developing new talent such as Thompson Square, whose first single “Are you Gonna Kiss Me or Not?” was a #1 single and the most played song on radio in 2011. Another NV act, Parmalee posted their first #1 hit in 2014. He is also an artist endorsee for multiple drum equipment manufacturers which include DW, Sabian, Pro-Mark, Remo, LP, Humes and Berg, Roland and many others. Rich has a Signature drumstick from Promark called The ActiveGrip 595 and helped design a bass drum beater for DW Drums called “The Black Sheep”. Both are available globally online and in stores.
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