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Yamaha Artist Eddie Bayers Nominated for Drummer of the Year

Hollywood, Calif. (March 6, 2009) — Legendary Nashville session drummer, acclaimed producer and Yamaha artist Eddie Bayers has been nominated for Top Percussionist/Drummer of the Year for the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

Bayers, named one of the "Top Ten Greatest Session Drummers of All Time" by Drum! Magazine, has recorded on hundreds of gold and platinum selling albums. His credits include Vince Gill, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Steve Winwood, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Trisha Yearwood, Sting, Peter Frampton and more.

"Being recognized by your peers is one of the most gratifying feelings a musician can have," says Bayers. "The ACMs are one of the most respected award shows in country music and I'm honored to be included with the other immense talents in this group of nominees."

Bayers, who plays a Yamaha PHX drum set in textured black sunburst, most recently worked on projects with Reba McEntire, Clay Walker and John Anderson, as well as a new duet between Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. He is also currently co-producing a various artists album with the legendary Funk Brothers of Motown. The album features Nashville artists Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Delbert McClinton and more.

"The Academy of Country Music couldn't be recognizing a more deserving and talented drummer," comments Joe Testa, international artist relations manager for Yamaha Drums. "On behalf of all his friends and family at Yamaha Drums, we congratulate Eddie on this nomination and wish him the best."

Other Yamaha artists nominated for an ACM award include Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts for Top Vocal Group and Tony Harrell for Top Piano/Keyboards Player.

This year's star-studded event will be broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 5 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.

Yamaha Artist Eddie Bayers Nominated for Drummer of the Year
— 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards Will Air Live April 5 —