Jamie Eads

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Jamie Eads (March 8, 1977 in Somerset, Kentucky) is a professional drummer who has been active since 1989. He has performed and/or recorded with artists including Funnel, Wheelhorse, The Eric Cummins Band, Shane Smith, and No Fences. He is currently an endorsing artist for the U.S. custom drum manufacturer Bowie Custom Drum[1] and the international drum gear brands Dream Cymbals and Gongs,[2] Los Cabos Drumsticks,[3] Vratim,[4] and TnR Products.[5] He hosts the weekly podcast, The Drum Shuffle,[6] which features interviews with professional drummers from around the world. He is also a voting member of The Recording Academy (Grammys).

Early life[edit]

A native of Central Kentucky, Jamie caught the music bug at an early age. He began drumming in 1989 and has been very active in the regional music scene since that time. He has played professionally since the age of 16 in numerous bands and groups, primarily centered around the Lexington, Kentucky music industry.


After finding hometown success with his first cover band, Lancelot, Jamie moved to Memphis at age 19 and immersed himself into the eclectic music scene gigging in numerous musical situations ranging from heavy metal to old-school Delta Blues. When he returned home in 1997, he was reunited with his former Lancelot bandmates, forming the wildly popular band Funnel. After winning 100.1 WKQQ's prestigious Decent Exposure[7] contest, Funnel released their debut album, Wide Open,[8] in May 1998 to considerable radio airplay. In the following years, Funnel shared the stage with numerous national acts including, Peter Frampton,[9][10] Better Than Ezra,[11] Candlebox,[11] Drivin' N' Cryin',[11] Third Eye Blind[11] and Dokken.[11]

After Funnel, Eads spent several years in the critically acclaimed band Wheelhorse[12][13][14][15] in support of their album Victrola For Sale. In the mid 2000s, Jamie joined the Central Kentucky alt-country band, The Eric Cummins Band. After two successful albums, Mountain and Brand New Heartache, and the support cycles for those albums over the following eight years, Jamie is one of Kentucky's most recognized drummers.

Current life[edit]

Eads continues to be a busy session drummer, including being a permanent member of No Fences,[16] who won WKQQ's 2016 installment of "Decent Exposure".[17] It was recently announced that No Fences was added to the lineup of 2016's Moontower Music Festival, joining such greats as Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and Drive-By Truckers for this festival.[18][19] In 2016, Jamie provided the drum tracks for the album Unofficial by Shane Smith.[20] He has recently started producing other artists' projects in conjunction with Phil Weisenberger Productions. He resides in Georgetown, Kentucky with his wife and daughter.


Artist Album Year
Funnel Wide Open 1998
The Eric Cummins Band Mountain 2009
The Eric Cummins Band Brand New Heartache 2013
No Fences All In or Nothing 2016
Shane Smith Unofficial 2016
Jake Ellis Fix It With a Beer 2016


Eads is an endorsing artist for Bowie Custom Drum of Bowie, Maryland,[1] Dream Cymbals and Gongs of Toronto, Canada,[2] Los Cabos Drumsticks,[3] Vratim[4] and TnR Products.[21]


  1. ^ a b "Bowie Custom Drum". bowiecustomdrum.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  2. ^ a b "Dream Cymbals and Gongs Inc. - Artists". Dream Cymbals and Gongs Inc. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  3. ^ a b "American Independent artists". Los Cabos Drumsticks. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  4. ^ a b "Jamie Eads". VRATIM. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  5. ^ "Improve the Sound of your Drum & Drum Resonance - Booty Shakers". Tnrproducts.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  6. ^ Development, PodBean. "The Drum Shuffle". Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  7. ^ Tunis, Walter (January 22, 1999). "Funnel has had a whirlwind of a year". Lexington Herald-Leader.
  8. ^ "Funnel. Wide open [sound recording]". Library of Congress. KP Jam Records. 1998. Retrieved April 4, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Cincinnati Entertainment: Cincinnati.Com". www2.cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2016-04-04.
  10. ^ Tunis, Walter (May 7, 1999). "Jammin' takes Lexington-based Funnel to Cincy". Lexington Herald-Leader.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Funnel Vision". Ace Weekly. April 28, 1999.
  12. ^ Dansby, Andrew (February 23, 2004). "Reviews". RollingStone.com.
  13. ^ Arrington, Monica (February 2004). "Reviews". PerformerMag.
  14. ^ Lipton, Michael (January 29, 2004). "CD reviews". Charleston Daily Mail.
  15. ^ Tunis, Walter (January 2, 2004). "Vintage All American". Lexington Herald-Leader.
  16. ^ "Home". Nofencesky.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  17. ^ "Decent Exposure 2016: Final Battle | 100.1 WKQQ". Wkqq.iheart.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  18. ^ "MoonTower Music Festival". MoonTower Music Festival. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  19. ^ "MoonTower Music Festival continues to grow with its audience | Lexington Herald-Leader". Kentucky.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.
  20. ^ "Unofficial: Shane Smith". cdbaby.com. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  21. ^ "Improve the Sound of your Drum & Drum Resonance - Booty Shakers". Tnrproducts.com. Retrieved 2016-08-27.