Nashville studio drummer Tommy Wells dies

Wells has appeared on more than 150 recordings throughout his career

One of Nashville’s most in demand drummers, Tommy Wells, has died at the age of 62. Reports indicate Wells was found dead in a Ft. Wayne, IN hotel room on Wednesday (Sept 25th) after a brain aneurysm. Upon hearing of his untimely death, members of the Nashville drumming community have been sending condolences and writing stories on Wells’ Facebook page on Wednesday.

Nashville session and live drummer Rick Brothers posted his love for Wells.

“Like so many others, I am so saddened and shocked of the news. One of the first guys I met when I moved to town. He showed me around the studio and gave me kind words of encouragement. He will be greatly missed I know but I’m rest assured knowing that his legacy will live on. RIP Mr. Tommy Wells”

Session and Reba McEntire drummer Tommy Harden expressed his grief for Wells’ passing.

“I’m am stunned and saddened to hear that the great session drummer Tommy Wells passed away last night. He was taken way too soon. We were just in a Rhythm mag article and were supposed to be in an upcoming roundtable together. Prayers go out to his wife and family. I just can’t believe it.”

Wells has appeared on more than 150 recordings throughout his career. His drumming can be heard on tracks from Porter Wagoner, Don McLean, Ray Stevens, Charley Pride, Charlie Daniels and many more classic country artists.

Wells was set to appear at a question and answer round table during Rich Redmond’s Drummer’s Weekend November 1st through 3rd in Nashville.

RIP Tommy! Your legacy will always live on through your music!

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.

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