was born in Pautaxant River, Maryland.
Eddie's father, a
naval fighter pilot during World War Two, is credited with the
longest dogfight in that war. He also fought at Iwo Jima, in the
Marshall Islands, the Coral Sea and the infamous Battle of Midway.
He spent 30 years in the Navy as a fighter pilot, commanded a
helicopter squadron during the Korean War, and was also a jet test
pilot for the Navy.
Being the son of a military man,
Eddie grew up in various parts of the US, and spent 4 years of his
life in North Africa.
Trained as a classical pianist, it was during his college years in
California that his musical interests took a turn. "I loved playing
the music...but I was in an interpretive mode. In the collegiate
years you are subject to interpreting the music exactly the way the
professors think you should. To me, it was more fun feeling it the
way I wanted to feel it. Not to demean the original composer, but I
was starting to see there was a creative part of music."
CAPT. E.H. BAYERS USN (ret.)
began jamming with local musicians, including Jerry Garcia and Tom
and John Fogerty (of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame) and through
Tom he became involved with studio work. Soon, he began hearing good
reports about the Nashville music community. "Capabilities for being
a session player were diminishing in the West Coast because of self
contained bands, the overdubs - things like that", Eddie says. "You
could still do well in the movie soundtrack end, but for the
commercial side of music, it looked like Nashville was the place
where it was going to happen." After moving to Nashville, he
auditioned at a club as a piano player, and the drummer for the
quartet was none other than the infamous Larrie Londin. Larrie
inspired Eddie to play drums professionally.
Establishing himself in Nashville as one of the top studio drummers,
Eddie has since worked with some of the biggest names in the music
industry, including Vince Gill, George Strait, Alan
Jackson, Steve Winwood, Peter Frampton, Bob
Seger, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Kenny
Chesney, Uncle Kracker......well the list goes on and on.
Playing on hundreds of gold and platinum albums and numerous movie
soundtracks, he has received the Academy of Country Music Drummer of
the Year Award for 11 straight years, something that no artist or
musician has yet accomplished within the academy's history.
Recently, Eddie won his 13th award for 2008. He won the "Top Ten"
award in Music Row magazine, which is given to
musicians who play on the most top ten Country albums in
Billboard magazine so many times, that he still has played
drums on the most top ten albums in country for the past 12 years.
He was put into the Honor Roll for Modern Drummer
Magazine for winning the readers poll 5 years consecutively.
| DRUM Magazine
named Eddie one of the
Top Ten Session Drummers Of All Time.
Eddie was elected to the NARAS (National
Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) Board of Governors in 1992
thru 1994, again in 1997 thru 1999, and yet again from 1999 thru
2001. He serves on the NARAS Educational Committee, as
well as on the board for Music Cares, a NARAS program to help
industry people in need. He is a graduate of Leadership Music's
first class in 1990. Leadership Music is an extensive course that
educates candidates in all facets of the entertainment industry.
In a nutshell, Eddie is Nashville's first-call
session drummer and certainly one of the busiest musicians in the
world. His calendar is booked months in advance to provide the beat
behind country music's biggest stars, as well as pop icons like Mark
Knopfler, Lyle Lovett and Sting.
| Eddie is now
part of the coolest band in town,
The Notorious Cherrybombs, consisting of Rodney
Crowell, Vince Gill, Richard Bennett, Tony Brown, Hank
DeVito, Eddie, Michael Rhodes and John Hobbs. The band
re-united to honor Crowell at the 2003 ASCAP Country
Awards dinner. From the second they hit
the stage, it was as if not a day had passed. The players
knew this was no one-off performance. With their
long-awaited debut release, the Notorious Cherry Bombs
have taken Country music by storm. They were recently
nominated for Grammies in both the
Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
and Best Country Song
|| On Feb.13,
2010, Eddie was inducted into the Country Music Hall Of
Fame. As one of country music's busiest and most admired
drummers over the last thirty years, Bayers was honored as
part of the museum's ongoing Nashville Cats series, a
quarterly program that pays tribute to veteran musicians
who have proven integral to the city's role as a leading
recording center. Interviewed by series host Bill Lloyd,
Bayers traced his unusual, wide-ranging career in a
before an attentive audience in the museum's Ford Theater.
|"Eddie is such a solid player, but more
than that, for me, he's got such a sweet spirit about him. It's always
fun working with him." - Trisha Yearwood
"Eddie knows how to give the perfect feel
to a song. The ultimate singer's drummer." - Barry
"Eddie is a player who brings to a
recording session the adhesive for laying the most perfect mosaic."
- Jerry Crutchfield
"Eddie brings heart and soul to every song
he plays." - Chuck Howard