Paul Leim

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Paul Leim
Birth namePaul William Leim
Born (1950-12-29) December 29, 1950 (age 67)
Troup, Texas
GenresCountry music, rock
InstrumentsDrums, percussion
Years active1970–present

Paul William Leim is a prominent Nashville-based drummer and recording session musician.[1][2]


Leim was raised in Troup, Texas. He was inspired to take up drumming when he heard the Beatles at age 14. Robin Hood Brians, a recording studio owner, told Leim he played as if he had a metronome in his head, and invited Leim to play on recordings.[3]

He moved to Los Angeles in his early twenties to further pursue his music career, and relocated to Nashville in 1988.[4]

Leim has worked with John Williams (Return of the Jedi),[5] Doc Severinsen,[3] The Berlin Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Boston Pops, Lionel Richie,[6] Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W. Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, PUR, Lorrie Morgan, Lyle Lovett, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Faith Hill, Bob Seger, Billy Currington, Kenny Chesney,[6] Shania Twain,[7] and others.

Motion picture credits for Leim include The River, Tank, The Legend of DB Cooper, Dirty Dancing, Elvis and Me, Elvis, and Star Wars Return of the Jedi. Episodic television series and specials include 'Wonder Woman, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard, Elvis, Fall Guy, Spencer for Hire, The Tonight Show, Growing Pains, Battlestar Glactica, Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrel Sisters, and Dolly. He was staff on The Grammy Awards, eight years on Dick Clark's American Music Awards, four years with the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Grand Ole Opry.

Paul recorded with The Monkees on their 20th anniversary album, Then and Now, including "That was Then and This is Now".[3]

He is 8 time Academy of Country Music drummer of the year Nominee, multiple winner of Nashville Music Award, "Drummer/Percussionist", and Nashville Music Row Magazine's "Top 10 Music All Stars" award winner. Most recently he is winner of "Drum Magazine" Drummie of the Year, (Country Category) 4 Years in a Row and Modern Drummer Magazine "Reader's Poll", Drummer of the Year, (Country Category) for an Eighth year in a Row (2001 – 2008).


Leim has toured with:[8]

Personal life[edit]

Leim lives in Nashville with his wife Jeanie. He is a licensed pilot and has owned several aircraft.[4]



This section presents a partial list of albums to which Leim has contributed.













  1. ^ John M. Aldridge. "Inside The Nashville Drumming Scene". Drum! Magazine. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  2. ^ Roscetti, Ed (2008). Stuff! Good Drummers Should Know: An A to Z Guide to Getting Better. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Suzanne Loudamy (February 1, 2017). "Paul Leim: And the beats goes on!". Wood County Monitor. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Julie Summers Walker (February 5, 2016). "Pilots: Legendary Drummer Paul Leim". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  5. ^ McCreery, Scotty; Travis Thrasher (May 3, 2016). Go Big or Go Home: The Journey Toward the Dream. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Bart Elliott (June 22, 2012). "Nashville Icon, Paul Leim Continues To Drum Up The Hits With Chesney and Richie". Drummer Cafe. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Eggar, Robin (June 15, 2010). Shania Twain: The Biography. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  8. ^ "Paul Leim, drummer". Eaglemaniacs. Retrieved November 22, 2017.
  9. ^ a b Cohan, Jon (1998). The Drummer's Almanac. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  10. ^ Mark Kennedy (March 2, 2009). "Lynda Carter loses the hero suit, picks up a mic". Deseret News. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  11. ^ Massingill, Randi L. (January 1, 2005). Total Control: The Monkees Michael Nesmith Story. Retrieved November 23, 2017.
  12. ^ Damon Orion (March 19, 2013). "Dance, Monkee, Dance!". Good Times Santa Cruz. Retrieved November 23, 2017.

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