Nashville Session/Touring Drummer since 1997

Credits include: Gary Allan, Mark Chesnutt, Heidi Newfield, Loverboy, Chris Knight, Dustin Lynch, Kellie Pickler, Shannon Lawson, Jeff Bates and many others.

Guaranteed work--Until the tracks are right for you.

Offering High Quality LIVE drum tracks from my communication lines to yours.

While still doing a fair amount of road work, I'm concentrating more on recording and session work these days.

You send your demo with a click track (MP3 or WAV) in a high quality file (44kHz to 96kHz) and you get back up to 16 tracks of drums/percussion to plug in to your project.

Up to 16 tracks of acoustic drums, percussion, loops, or electronic percussion...Rock, Pop, Country, Americana. If you have a SONG...I have parts for it to bring it ALIVE!!!
Skype/FaceTime consultation available

Hope to hear from you and put a groove to your tunes....No matter where you are!!

Gear:
Drums: Taye TourPro Series (Endorsee since 2000)
Snares: Various depending on track:
Multiple Taye Metal & Wood snares
Ludwig 5x14 '68 Supraphonic
Ludwig 5x14 70s Acrolite
Ludwig 6.5x14 Supraphonic
Pearl Steve Ferrone 6 1/2x14
Ayotte 6x14 Maple

Cymbals: Full array of Sabian HH, AAX, HHX, AA Models (Endorsee since 2002)

Electronics: Full Yamaha DTXTreme II kit
Alesis SR-16

Full array of percussion to add spice to any track.

Mics: AKG D112 w/Solomon LoFreq
Shure SM57 (6)
Senheiser 421
Shure KSM137 Overheads

Run through High Quality Mic-Pres into a MacBookPro running Presonus StudioOne 3.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

My credits include

Gear highlights

  • Taye Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Pearl Percussion
  • Yamaha/Alesis Electronic Percussion
  • Evans Drumheads
  • Shure
  • Senheiser
  • AKG
  • AudioTechnica
  • Solomon Mics
  • Presonus StudioOne

Genres I specialize in

Terms of Service

Revisions for Satisfaction
3-5 day turn around...usually less.

Reviews of Lee Kelley

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    Another song brought to life by a great drummer. Lee you rule MAN.

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    Another song with King Lee and the song sounds alive. Excellent drum takes to a very tough song. Get ready for more.

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    One more song completed with Lee.

    It is a pleasure working with Lee. Job well done.

    Masoud.

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    One more song with Lee. I swear this guy reads what is on my mind. Hi is a magician.

    Masoud

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    Lee is the man. A second song was done in no time. His playing is heavenly. Are you ready for the next song? Actually, next SONGS LEE?

    Lee is king. Long Live the King.

    Masoud

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    Lee Kelley is the guy for live drums. Excellent takes. Excellent sounding drums. He feels the song, lives it, then translates that in the way he plays the drums.

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    Lee was on board right from the first time we spoke as if he knew what I was looking for. I worked with Lee on 2 projects and we managed to complete the project in the first take. Lee is THE MAN if you are after great, driving drums! Will use him for all my future projects! 10/10

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_terry_california_years9 months agoby

    Lee did exactly as I ask him to and added some outstanding percussion tracks to my song. Easy to work with. Highly recommend!

  • Verified ReviewListing_thumb_cocoloco__1_10 months agoby

    Lee was terrific to work with. He is a consummate professional and a master behind his kit. Lee took the time to really understand my song and as a songwriter that means a lot. Lee is like a polyglot except with drum technique; he is fluent in every style. Thanks Lee!

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Interview with Lee Kelley

Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
Worked on a song last year with a singer/songwriter out of LA where I ended up recording 22-23 tracks of drum kit, percussion and multi-track tom parts. It's just a good representation of what I can do for a client. Coming soon will be a promo of my "Boom Boom Drum Room" using part of this song. Also, the Jett Blakk project, one song of which is on my profile....that's when I really got my playing where I wanted it for recording. Plus, it was recorded pretty much with no accompaniment except click track and chart sheets so it gave for confidence to that skill as well.
What are you working on at the moment?
Working with a producer through SoundBetter on live drum/percussion replacement tracks on a bunch of songs for an artist from Lybia, Nasser El Mizdawi and learning songs to do some live subbing dates with the Canadian rock band, "Loverboy".
Analog or digital and why?
I like the purity and warmth of analog but the portability and function of digital. As long as digital is used like analog in not altering to much what is laid done so the feel isn't lost.
What's your 'promise' to your clients?
That I will make sure they are happy with what I've done for them.
What do you like most about your job?
That I get to do something I love and create.
What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
That its easy. It's only easy because I've done it so long, I now know where to take it.
What questions do you ask prospective clients?
See above question.
What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
Please supply me with all the tracks you have along with the click for me to have the most information to do the best job for you.
If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
Kick, Snare, Hat, Record console, record collection
What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
My complete bio is on my website but heres the short version. Been a professional musician for right on 25 years and have been playing and practicing my craft for 40 yrs. I began life as a professional musician straight out of college. Spent 5-6 year touring the SouthEast with various bands while living in Charlotte, NC. Moved to Nashville, TN in 1997 and have been living, working, gigging, touring and recording out of here since then. Many of the acts I've worked with are listed on my profile.
How would you describe your style?
North American Musical Groove.
Which artist would you like to work with and why?
Paul McCartney...Because of his openness to suggest or try anything along with some of the most amazing song sensibility of the past half century.
Can you share one music production tip?
Make sure to have clean, clear signals between instruments and tracking. And keep an open mind.
What type of music do you usually work on?
It varies...Rock, Pop, Country, Americana, etc.....Kind of anything or anyone looking for a good feeling groove under what they are trying to convey.
What's your strongest skill?
In the musical realm, it's having empathy for the song, song writer and producer and being able to interpret what they would like to hear from me while keeping an open mind.
What do you bring to a song?
Sensibility to the song itself and to give that song the support it deserves and requires. It is my work to help bring the artist's vision to fruition along with understanding what they want.
What's your typical work process?
If available, request all of the stems from the client. The more information I have, the better job I do for them. Set up the session and create a click (if not supplied) and a cue mix that gives me the best parts to lock in with. Essentially, in a lot of my work, I'm replacing drum programming that have real time instruments and vocals recorded on top so I'm "picking up a house and replacing the floor." Next is charting the song using the Nashville Number System form and getting the song under my hands and into my ears. Once I get a little comfortable with the form, I begin tracking. In tracking the full drum kit for a song, I will get the whole performance. By that, I mean: No Punch ins on the drum track performance because that's what it is. A performance that is connected from start to finish. Once getting the whole drum track, I go back to add any needed percussion; which I do punch in from section to section where needed. A rough MP3 mix is then created to send to the client for approval and any changes or additions requested are made. Once done, approved and payment is received, all drum/percussion stems are sent to the client and I retain all original stems for my files for any future reference or possible promotion with the original creators permission.
Tell us about your studio setup.
Shure, Senheiser, AKG, Solomon Mics into 16 Channel Presonus PreAmps run with Presonus StudioOne DAW. Live Drum kit in 11-12 channels. Other percussion/electronic percussion added depending on the song.
What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
George Martin, Tom Petty, Dave Cobb, Chris Stapleton, Roger Waters, Hal Blaine, Rick Rubin, Sturgill Simpson, Tony Brown, Eddie Bayers, Jeff Porcaro, Jim Keltner, Levon Helm, Pete Townshend, Dave Grohl
Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
I record and send live acoustic drum and percussion tracks for clients. Live drum replacement for programmed drums and a bit of electronic programming if required or requested.