The DRUM! team was saddened to learn that the veteran Nashville percussionist Tom Roady passed away last night. Even though Roady had been diagnosed with terminal stage 4 metastatic cancer in October of this year, he actually died in his sleep of a heart attack on the band’s tour bus before his first performance of the Ricky Skaggs Christmas Tour. He was 62.
Born in St. Louis, Roady got his first break working at the famed Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, where he recorded with such artists as Mac Davis, Tom Jones, Candi Staton, and Paul Anka. Since then he has played with a vast roster of artists, including James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Simon and Garfunkel, Michael McDonald, Bob Seger, Emmylou Harris, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Dixie Chicks, Kenny Chesney, Alabama, and Kenny Rogers, just to name a few.
Besides his incredible musicianship and impressive bio, we can attest to the fact that Tom Roady always had a smile on his face and never uttered a harsh word about anybody. He will be remembered.