Music City Center in downtown Nashville will play host to the Summer NAMM trade show July 9-11. Saturday, July 11, is Music Industry Day, which means the general public gets an inside view of this event. Tickets are $10 if you purchase online in advance ( or $20 at the door. This year, the price of admission includes a piece of music history.


July 11, 2015 at Summer NAMM

     World’s Fastest Drummer (WFD), producer Jack Propps, and event sponsor, Church’s Chicken, have teamed up to honor three living legends of drumming. This year’s recipients of the WFD-Church’s Chicken Legends Series Awards are D.J. Fontana (Elvis), WS Holland (Cash), and Richie Albright (Waylon).

     The Legends Series Awards will kick off the WFD World Finals at 2pm, Saturday, July 11, as a feature attraction. The awards will be presented by radio and TV celebrity host, Charlie Chase. It just so happens that Mr. Chase is also an accomplished drummer. Boo McAfee, creator of the WFD events, had this to say about the three recipients: “If it were not for these three drummers doing what they loved to do back in the day, we at WFD could not do all the crazy stuff we are doing today. Heck, without these guys, Rock & Roll, Country, and Outlaw music would not be what it is today.” Adding to the history these three honored guests will bring to the event, the legendary bassist for Tower of Power, Rocco Prestia, and B.B. King’s drummer of 32 years, Tony TC Coleman, will be performing.


D.J. FontanaElvis’ drummer. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April, 2009. D.J. was hired in 1955 as Elvis’ drummer, expanding the group to a four-piece band. He remained with Elvis throughout the 50s. During the 60s, when Elvis turned his attention to making movies, D.J. was still present at many of his Nashville recording sessions.


WS HollandJohnny Cash’s drummer. Holland is known world-wide as a pioneer in Rock & Roll music. He played drums on all of Carl Perkins’ Sun Records hits, including the industry anthem, “Blue Suede Shoes.” He also played drums on the iconic Million Dollar Quartet session that included Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash on December 4, 1956. Holland spent 40 years as Cash’s only drummer.

Richie AlbrightWaylon Jennings’ drummer. Richie Albright made history as a drummer, songwriter, ALBRIGHT, RICHIEand producer. The list of artists he played with includes: Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams, Jr. Richie produced and played on Waylon’s 1980 #1 single, “Theme from Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys).” His professional career spans over 50 years and 40 albums. He is still going strong producing and performing.

CHASE, CHARLIECharlie ChaseCelebrity host. Charlie Chase was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame along with his co-host, Lorianne Crook. Crook & Chase can be seen in more than 130 cities across the U.S., as well as on the newly launched TNN. The duo continues to host their long-running radio program – The Crook and Chase Countdown.

In support of the Legends Series and community music education, Church’s Chicken will donate $1,000 in each award recipient’s name to Nashville’s W.O. Smith Music School.


     Immediately following the awards presentation ceremony and entertainment, the World’s Fastest Drummer Finals will get underway. After two days of prelims on July 9-10, the final heats will take place in the Battle of the Hands and the Battle of the Feet competitions. This is extreme sport drumming! A specially designed instrument, the drumometer, counts the strokes per minute of each player. The player with the highest number of strokes will be crowned the World’s Fastest Drummer! Technique is everything here because the number of strokes is directly relational to it. Fast and furious to the finish!


     In a city that prides itself on the moniker, “Music City,” this is a must see event. Having these three drum legends in the same room is historic and will likely never happen again. This is a celebration of music and well deserved recognition for three musicians who had a huge impact on the music world. Whether you’re a lover of music, a fan of the artists these guys played for, a music historian, drummer, or drum student, the value of this event cannot be overstated. This will be the best $10 you ever spent! Take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to honor the careers of these great drummers and follow it with drumming to the extreme. This only happens in “Music City,” in a place appropriately named Music City Center. Hope to see you there!


Boo McAfee and Johnny Rabb talk about the inception of WFD…..


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  1. Ron Haney says:

    Thanks, Bev for the article regarding the upcoming award presentation at the Summer NAMM Show there in Nashville. WS Holland, DJ Fontana, and Richie Albright are certainly vital assets to the history of American music and are very deserving of this award. Your quote in the article is much appreciated and inspiring in, and of, itself. Thank you for such a great publication…we will look forward to future issues!

    Ron Haney; mgr./music dir
    WS “Fluke” Holland

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