Nashville session drummer Tommy Wells passed away this morning at the age of 61. He was found in his hotel room earlier today, assumed to have suffered from a heart attack or stroke. Details are limited, but we will update you as we receive more information.
Like most young drummers, Tommy began his drumming career banging on pots and pans. He acquired his first drumset at age 11, and by high school he was a pro, working with pianist/arranger Bill Kennaugh, Bill Doggett, and saxophonist Candy Johnson. Tommy has played on recordings by Ricky Van Shelton, Foster and Lloyd, Michael Martin Murphy, Ray Stevens, Don McLean, Gene Cotton, RPM, Jo-el Sonnier, Holly Dunn, The Statler Brothers, Roy Clark, Jonathon Edwards, Jimmy Hall, Charlie Daniels, Poter Wagoner, Lynn Anderson, Charley Pride, Dan Seals, B.J. Thomas, Riders in the Sky and Kathy Mattea, among many others.
Tommy was involved in recording and playing with Carolyn Martin, and had worked with Jimmy Hall and the Prisoners of Love for almost 30 years.