178 – Jake Gammon: Touring with Phil Vassar, Performing with Confidence, Staying Busy on Nashville’s Lower Broadway Scene
Jake Gammon is the touring drummer for accomplished singer/songwriter Phil Vassar. When not on the road with Phil, Jake keeps a full schedule performing many shows a week on Nashville’s legendary lower Broadway music scene.
Originally from Lexington Kentucky, Jake was learning the business side of music at an early age and by fourteen, he was a drummer for hire. His high school years were spent drumming for many Lexington based bands.
In October 2009, Jake made the long anticipated move to Nashville to continue his pursuit of a career in music. Jake has worked for Chase Bryant, Josh Gracin, Josh Adams, Lyndsey Highlander just to name a few. In the Summer of 2011 Jake completed an 11 city tour of Japan as the drummer for “Far from Idol”, that featured former American Idol finalists. The tour was part of an effort to support our Nations men and women serving in the military abroad.
In this episode, Jake talks about:
- Working with Phil Vassar
- Unique experience gained from working on lower Broadway in Nashville
- Recognizing the contributions of iconic Nashville drummers
- Balancing work and life
- Meeting Chad Cromwell as a 12 year old kid
- Playing with confidence as an asset to those who employ you
- Finding inspiration in other players
Jake endorses Vater Sticks