Cromwell performing live with Neil Young, in 2009.
|Born||June 14, 1957|
Paducah, Kentucky, U.S.
Chad Cromwell (born June 14, 1957) is an American rock drummer whose music career has spanned more than 30 years. He is possibly best known for his work with Neil Young, Mark Knopfler and Joe Walsh. He is the founding member of a band called Fortunate Sons, which released a self-titled album in 2004. He has worked with multiple prominent artists from various genres such as Joss Stone, Bonnie Raitt, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
Cromwell was born on June 14, 1957, in Paducah, Kentucky. When he was three years old he moved with his parents and siblings to Memphis, Tennessee in 1960. In 1970, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, and remained there for the rest of his childhood.
He started playing drums at the age of eight, wearing headphones as he played along to records in an upstairs room of his parents' home. By the age of twelve he was playing in garage bands in the local neighborhood.
In 1987, Cromwell began a collaboration with songwriter Neil Young. The initial sessions became Neil Young & The Bluenotes. Since then he has recorded and toured with Young on several occasions, and appears on albums such as Freedom (1989), Prairie Wind (2005) Living with War (2006) and Chrome Dreams II (2007). He has also appeared in Heart of Gold, a documentary capturing the debut of Neil Young's album, Prairie Wind (along with other Young classics). This was filmed at the Ryman auditorium and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Cromwell is also known for his contributions to Mark Knopfler's solo albums Golden Heart (1996), Sailing to Philadelphia (2000), The Ragpicker's Dream (2002) and Shangri-La (2004). He was also part of Knopfler's band during the tours of his first solo albums.
He has also worked with many other artists including Dave Stewart, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Lady Antebellum, Diana Krall, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Boz Scaggs, Wynonna, Trisha Yearwood, Miranda Lambert, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, Allison Moorer, Chris Knight, Joss Stone, Rodney Crowell, Marty Stuart, and Stevie Nicks.
In the mid 2000s, Cromwell formed the band Fortunate Sons along with Michael Rhodes, Gary Nicholson, Kenny Greenberg, and Reese Wynans. They released a self-titled album in 2004. He is also a member of the occasional touring band, Big Al Anderson and The Balls, led by former NRBQ guitarist Al Anderson.
With Amy Grant
- House of Love (A&M Records, 1994)
- Behind the Eyes (A&M Records, 1997)
- Legacy... Hymns and Faith (A&M Records, 2002)
- Simple Things (A&M Records, 2003)
- Rock of Ages... Hymns and Faith (World Records, 2005)
- Somewhere Down the Road (Sparrow Records, 2010)
With Mark Knopfler
- Golden Heart (Vertigo Records, 1996)
- Sailing to Philadelphia (Mercury Records, 2000)
- The Ragpicker's Dream (Mercury Records, 2002)
- Shangri-La (Mercury Records, 2004)
- One Take Radio Sessions (Mercury Records, 2005)
With Stevie Nicks
With Charles Kelley
- The Driver (Capitol Records, 2015)
- Between Here and Gone (Columbia Records, 2004)
With Neil Young
- This Note's For You (Reprise Records, 1988)
- Freedom (Reprise Records, 1989)
- Prairie Wind (Reprise Records, 2005)
- Living with War (Reprise Records, 2006)
- Chrome Dreams II (Reprise Records, 2007)
- Fork in the Road (Reprise Records, 2009)
With Allison Moorer
- Alabama Song (MCA Records, 1998)
- The Hardest Part (MCA Records, 2000)
- Down to Believing (Proper Records, 2015)
- All the Roadrunning (Mercury Records, 2006)
With Dolly Parton
- Blue Smoke (Dolly Records, 2014)
With Lady Antebellum
- Lady Antebellum (Capitol Records, 2008)
- Need You Now (Capitol Records, 2010)
- Own the Night (Capitol Records, 2011)
- Golden (Capitol Records, 2017)
With Beth Nielsen Chapman
- Uncovered (BNC Records, 2014)
With LeAnn Rimes
With Matraca Berg
- Sunday Morning to Sunday Night (Rising Tride Records, 1997)
With Rodney Crowell
With Jessica Simpson
- In This Skin (Columbia Records, 2003)
With Brian Wilson
- No Pier Pressure (Capitol Records, 2015)
With Joss Stone
- LP1 (Surfdog Records, 2011)
With Michael Bolton
- All That Matters (Columbia Records, 1997)
With Cyndi Lauper
- Detour (Rhino Records, 2016)
With Miranda Lambert
- Picking Up the Pieces (Sugar Hill Records, 2015)
With Peter Frampton
- Now (33rd Street Records, 2003)
- Fingerprints (Polydor Records, 2006)
- Thank You Mr. Churchill (New Door Records, 2010)
With Vince Gill
With Joan Baez
- Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch Records, 2013)
With Joe Bonamassa
- Dust Bowl (J&R Adventures, 2011)
He lives in both Nashville and Los Angeles with his wife, Windy.
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