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Jim Riley
Jim is the drummer and bandleader for multi-platinum group Rascal Flatts.

Since moving to Nashville in 1997, Jim he has played over a thousand of 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. Jimís recording credits include Rascal Flatts 2014 release Rewind, as well as multi-platinum disc "Me and My Gang", EA sports "MADDEN 11 Football", Brian McKnightís album, "Ten" as well as movie soundtracks for "Heaven is Real" and "Hannah Montana: The Movie"

Jimís has been constantly recognized by his peers as being one of the best in the business. 2011-2014, Jim was voted Best Country Drummer by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine as well as winning Best Drum Clinician in 2009. The readers of DRUM! Agree voting Jim Country drummer of the year 2008-2010, 2012-2013, 2015 and 2016!

Jim attended University of North Texas where he received his degree in Music Education. In addition to being one of Nashvilleís 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 can teach the 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. 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 third printing.

His best selling book, "Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer" (Alfred Publishing) was released in November of 2015 and is quickly becoming the go to styles book for all drummers."

Jim is endorsing Ludwig, Sabian, Remo, Gibraltar, Latin Percussion, Vater, LP Roland and Shure.

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Ludwig Jim Riley Signature Steel Snare Drum 8x14

The Ludwig Jim Riley Signature Snare Drum combines the best elements of his favorite drums in one, reliable workhorse. Noted clinician and Rascal Flatts Drummer Jim Riley has always relied on a variety of Ludwig snares to get the job done. The Riley signature snare boasts a 1.5mm stainless steel shell that produces plenty of projection and snap, while its 8"-depth lends the balanced warmth of a wood drum. Ornamented with a laser-engraving that is true to Riley's roots, the snare drum's visual brilliance is complemented by black nickel tube lugs and die-cast hoops.

"This drum has been tested from Nashville studios to the arena stage and sounds fantastic every step of the way." - Jim Riley

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© Bernhard Castiglioni - Drummerworld

Rascal Flatts

2006 Rascal Flatts Tour Kit

Willie Nelson - Jim Riley

Sara McLaughlin - Jim Riley

Jim Riley - Bernhard Castiglioni
Austin - Texas

Jim Riley - Jay Leno

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