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Kenny Chesney, Paul Leim, Lionel RichieKenny Chesney, Paul Leim, Lionel Richie Nashville session drummer, Paul Leim, is staying busy (as usual), slapping the sticks on the skins to more music hits than ... well ... than you can shake a stick at!

The new Lionel Richie duet album, Tuskegee, released March 5, 2012, features Paul Leim on drums, along with drummers Chad Cromwell, Roger Guth, Chris McHugh, and Nick Buda (plus the late Ralph MacDonald on percussion). Just two months after its release, Tuskegee was certified platinum by the RIAA and ranked the second best-selling album of 2012.

Kenny Chesney's new CD, Welcome to the Fishbowl , was just released on June 19th and features Paul Leim on drums throughout the entire album. Another hit? Well, the two single releases, "Feel Like A Rock Star (duet with Tim McGraw)" and "Come Over" are both topping the charts, with "Feel Like A Rock Star" being Chesney's highest debuting single to date.

Paul played/sequenced all of the drum loops and percussion parts on Welcome to the Fishbowl  using his Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Electronic Percussion Controller and Yamaha RS7000 Music Production Station. Acoustic instruments include his standard arsenal of Yamaha Phoenix series drums and Paiste cymbals, as well as Remo drumheads and Vic Firth drumsticks.

When asked about Chesney's latest project, Leim says "I think it is the best of the 15-16 albums I've done with Kenny."

About Paul Leim

For most musicians, there is a distinct separation between various segments of the entertainment industry. Few other musicians have so successfully bridged the gap between records, motion pictures, live performance and television. Paul has compiled an enviable "track record" in all four areas and has earned his distinction as one of the foremost drummers in the entertainment industry worldwide.

In concert venues and sound stages all over the world, Paul Leim has performed for a seemingly endless list of top artists, composers and producers including John Williams, Doc Severinsen, The Berlin Orchestra, The London Symphony, The Boston Pops, Tom Jones, Randy Travis, Peter Cetera, Neil Diamond, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and “ELVIS, The Concert” with the "TCB Band."

Paul played drums on the soundtracks for such motion pictures, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, The River, Tank, The Legend of DB Cooper, and Dirty Dancing, episodic television series and specials, Wonder Woman, Knight Rider, Dukes of Hazzard,  three Elvis mini-series, Fall Guy, Spencer for Hire, The Tonight Show, Growing Pains, Battlestar Glactica, Barbara Mandrel and the Mandrel Sisters,  and Dolly.  He has performed on The Grammy Awards, eight years on Dick Clark’s American Music Awards, 4 years with the Academy of Country Music Awards,  and the perennial Grand Ole Opry.

His multiple Gold and Platinum album credits include, Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Peter Cetera, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, Michael W. Smith, Reba McEntire, Kenny Rogers, PUR, Lorrie Morgan, Mark Chestnut, Lyle Lovett, Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, Colin Raye, Montgomery Gentry, Lonestar, Shania Twain, Faith Hill, Bob Seger and Kenny Chesney.

Of the thousands of records, soundtracks and albums Paul has played on, over 150 have been Dove, Grammy, CMA, ACM, CCMA, American Music Award, or Academy Award Recipients. Multiple Gold and Platinum recordings with top artists total over 300 million units sold representing over 4 Billion dollars in record sales.

Paul is an eight 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. Paul Leim has also been voted "Drummie of the Year" (Country category) three years in a row in DRUM! Magazine's readers poll, and eight years in a row (2001-2008) voted "Drummer of the Year" (Country category) in Modern Drummer Magazine's readers poll.

Paul Leim has served on the advisory board, as well as a contributing writer, for Modern Drummer Magazine and My Machine Magazine. He's been an endorser for Yamaha Drums since 1983, Paiste Cymbals since 1987, Remo drumheads since 1986, and Vic Firth drumsticks.

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