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Jim Riley
Rascal Flatts
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Jim is the drummer and bandleader for multi-platinum group, Rascal Flatts as well as being an Adjunct Professor of Drumset Studies at Belmont University. Since moving to Nashville in 1997, Jim has played over a thousand sold out shows for millions of fans. His television credits include The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, The American Music Awards, The Voice, American Idol, Dancing with the stars, Oprah, and The Today Show. Jim’s recording credits include Rascal Flatts most recent album ‘Back to Us’ including the #1 hit single “Yours If You Want It”, ‘Me and My Gang (album)’, EA sports ‘MADDEN Football’, Brian McKnight’s album, ‘Ten’ as well as TV/movie sound tracks for “Heaven is Real”, ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ and The hit show, Nashville.

Jim is constantly recognized by his peers as being one of the best in the business. Jim was voted “Best Country Drummer” by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine in 2011-2015, 2017, as well as won “Best Drum Clinician” in 2009. The readers of DRUM! magazine also agree voting Jim “Country drummer of the year” 2008-2010, 2012-2013, and 2016

In May of 2014 Jim was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer.

Jim attended University of North Texas where he received his degree in Music Education. In addition to being one of Nashville’s elite touring drummers, Jim has become internationally recognized as a clinician and educator. His 2011 Clinic for Modern Drummer Fest was filmed and released on DVD in November of 2011. His teaching studio “The Drum Dojo,” opened up in 2007 and is a place where Jim teaches the great drummers of tomorrow. He is also a published composer, and a frequent educational columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine. Jim has been a member of both the Pro panel and educational panel for MD as well as a member of the PAS drum set committee. His first book, “Song Charting Made Easy: a play along guide to the Nashville number system” (Hal Leonard Publications) was released in June 2010 and is now in its 4th printing. Jim’s latest book, “Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer” (Alfred Publishing) is a documented #1 best seller on Amazon and was voted “Best drum book” of 2016 by the readers of DRUM! magazine.

Jim currently endorses Ludwig, Sabian, Remo, Gibraltar, Latin Percussion,Innovative Percussion, LP and Roland.

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