Hardest workin’ drummer in show biz!
Rich Redmond www.richredmond.com is the hardest workin’ drummer in show biz – no doubt! I was fortunate to spend a day with him on Saturday, October 1st. Me and my 13-year old niece, Lindsay Goff picked Rich up at the Charleston, WV Civic Center at 10:00 in the morning. Rich had played the night before in Roanoke, VA and traveled in the tour bus overnight- his regular gig is the drummer for Jason Aldean. On this particular tour, he is doing double duty – as Rich is filling in for Thompson Square’s drummer who injured his foot a couple weeks ago.
We drove to Pied Piper music store where Rich set up for his 12:00 noon – 2:00 CRASH Course for Success workshop that was a standing room only crowd in the legendary music store – 39 years in the business. Rich presented the course to over 50 people in attendance of all ages, stressing the Commitment, Relationships, Attitude, Skill and Hunger for success – Rich told how he made it from being a drummer in his parents garage to living his dream as a drummer for one of the hottest selling acts in music (selling out shows in major venues all over the country) , producer and session player in Nashville.He used the drums to show some tips to musicians, but emphasized use the principles in life to work for your dreams!
Rich posed for photos, signed autographs, gave away drum sticks and other items, made everyone feel special, did a ten minute interview for a local TV news to end his time at Pied Piper. Previously in the week Rich did an interview for the Charleston Gazette and two radio stations, WCHS 580 AM the interview ran Wednesday afternoon and 96.1 The Wolf that ran Friday morning to promote the event. Rich gave a signed drum head to Gunnar from 96.1 the wolf, Gene and his crew at Pied Piper and Deb Austin Brown, www.debaustinbrown.com a teacher at Alban Elementary School who teaches Success Principles to every kid at the school. Five of her students (all won drum sticks) and their parents attended the workshop and were blown away by Rich talking about the steps to success.
We went to the Charleston Civic Center for 3:00 sound check. Erik Halbig who plays guitar for Thompson Square came out and said hello to me, Lindsay and Matt Pauley, who goes by the name, Gunnar on 96.1 The Wolf. Rich still had to do sound check for Thompson Square a little later that afternoon – he never stops!
7:20 Thompson square hit the stage for a :20 minute set with Rich keeping the groove on the drums (He also produced their album a couple months earlier). Chris Young hit the stage for a :40 minute set, giving Rich a chance to catch his breath backstage and get ready for the next couple of hours of living his dream – playing those drums!
Jason Aldean hit the stage for nearly two hours of non-stop song after song show with Rich keeping the groove, including a drum solo in the set and after a 3 song encore, the show ended at 11:00. That is a 13 hour non-stop day with the hardest workin’ drummer in show biz!
Rich was on the bus, probably slept well on the six-hour trip back to Nashville to spend a relaxing Sunday with his wife, before hitting the studio Monday morning with his crew at www.newvoiceentertainment.com and another week of sessions, producing, playing on Tuesday night in Nashville playing a gig with the Spamatics – an 80’s tribute band and he hits the road again Wednesday for another weekend run of being the hardest workin’ drummer in Show biz!
Rich is also working on Jason’s 5th CD project starting in November.Other projects in the near future with New Voice Entertainment include Parmalee & Kristy Lee Cook. The new single for Blake Wise that Rich produced, “Can’t Live Without You” went to radio October 4th.
Rich Redmond – Thanks for a great day and showing such professionalism and the love of living your dream! Read up on this guy – Google him and attend a future CRASH Course for Success! Have him do a CRASH Course for your company or group in the future!