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William Ellis

COUNTRY:  United States

GROUP:  MONTGOMERY GENTRY, NASHVILLE SESSIONS

William Ellis is an in-demand drummer based in Nashville, TN. Whether touring or recording, his extreme versatility within a myriad of styles has been a stronghold to his success within the music industry. Artists such as Montgomery Gentry, Martina McBride, Hunter Hayes, Keith Anderson, and many others have relied on his drumming expertise. William was also involved with two band projects: Blue Merle and EMP Project. In doing so, he was able to compose, co-produce, record in the studio, and tour extensively sharing stages with such diverse artists and festivals as Counting Crows, Train, Dave Matthews Band, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza, etc. As of late, William continues to record with many artists, songwriters, producers, etc., while touring with Montgomery Gentry. He endorses Yamaha drums, Sabian cymbals, Evans drum-heads, Innovative Percussion, Pure Sound snares, Shure microphones, and Westone in-ear monitors.

BORN IN:
Johnson City, TN

LIVES IN:
Nashville, TN

DRUMMING SINCE:
1975

CURRENT BAND/PROJECT:
Montgomery Gentry, Nashville Sessions

BIGGEST INFLUENCE(S):
Vinnie Colaiuta, Steve Gadd, Jeff Porcaro, David Garibaldi, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Buddy Rich, John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Phil Rudd

FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON:
“Burning In The Sun”, Blue Merle

FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN’T PLAY ON:
“Nefertiti”, Miles Davis

CAREER HIGHLIGHT(S):
Grand Ole Opry, Bonnaroo, Farm-Aid, Lollapalooza, We Fest, Summer Fest, CMA Fest

FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL:
19″ AAX X-Plosion Crash

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