Tonight the Nashville community is grieving the loss of professional session drummer Tommy Wells who was so loved and respected by this tight knit music community.
Tommy Wells came to Nashville in 1977 after attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and spent the first seven years of his professional musical life in Detroit. He came to Nashville to tour with Gene Cotton and American Ace and that led to him never leaving and his fantastic and happy gig as a session player in Music City.
Tommy has played on recordings by The Statler Brothers, Roy Clark, Jonathon Edwards, Jimmy Hall, Charlie Daniels, Porter Wagoner, Lynn Anderson, Charley Pride, Dan Seals, B.J. Thomas, Riders in the Sky and Kathy Mattea, Ricky Van Shelton, Foster and Lloyd, Michael Martin Murphy, Ray Stevens, Don McLean, Gene Cotton, RPM, Jo-el Sonnier, Holly Dunn, among many others.
Tommy had made regular appearances on TV shows such as: Nashville Now, Music City Tonight, and Prime Time Country.
Tommy was a huge Hockey Fan and one of the best drummers in Nashville. People are flocking to his Facebook page tonight offering condolences and saying goodbye.
The word that is going through the Facebook community is that Tommy died in his sleep last night. Tommy leaves behind his wife Carolyn and a son and a community of musicians who are shocked, saddened and in disbelief over his sudden departure. Rest in Peace Tommy. You are already missed by many.