Chris Fryar

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Chris Fryar
Born (1970-11-22) November 22, 1970 (age 45)
Genres Jazz, Rock and Roll, Country
Occupation(s) musician, drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion, clarinet
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts Zac Brown Band
Oteil and the Peacemakers

Chris Fryar (born November 22, 1970) is an American drummer. He is a member of the Grammy Award winning group, Zac Brown Band, He has also worked with Oteil and the Peacemakers, led by bassist Oteil Burbridge of the Allman Brothers Band, Charles Neville, Victor Wooten, John Popper, Steve Bailey, David Hood, Robert Moore and the Wildcats, and the blues trio, Gravy.[1]

Fryar has a music degree. In the mid-1990s he had been underemployed in a Birmingham cover band, but then joined the blues-rock band Gravy. Singer-guitarist Rob Thorworth said that Fryar raised the group's musical sophistication.[2]

In the 2000s, as part of Oteil and the Peacemakers, he was able to make use of both his jazz background and rock music sensibilities.[3] He also became part of a later incarnation of the Zac Brown Band.[4]

He divorced his prior wife and remarried on May 22, 2010, to Holly Travis, which gave Chris two step-children: Ashley and Allison.

Fryar endorses Grestch drums and Zildjian cymbals and states being extremely happy with his setup, but switches it around periodically. His main setup consists of:

18" fx oriental china trash

14" K/Z hi-hat pair

18" K dark crash thin

20" A custom crash

20" fx oriental Crash of Doom

20" A custom ping ride

20" K Constantinople medium ride (used as both ride and crash)


  1. ^ Fryar, Chris (October 2006). "Stimulating voices from the bass community – What's important on the gig: A working drummer's perspective". Bass Player 17 (10): 96. 
  2. ^ Gettelman, Parry (1996-06-28). "Gravy's train is rolling right along: Blues band picks up steam while fine-tuning its style". Orlando Sentinel. p. 6. 
  3. ^ Pantsari, Mark R. (2006-02-02). "Become a 'Believer' in: Oteil and the Peacemakers". The Post and Courier. p. E5. 
  4. ^ Grant, Devin (2008-05-29). "Zac Brown growing Lowcountry fan base". The Post and Courier. p. E6. 

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