Drummer Tom Roady Dies Prior to Concert

Tom Roady, a longtime percussionist in Nashville, was found dead on Monday morning (Nov. 28) prior to a planned performance playing drums with Ricky Skaggs in Clemson, S.C. Roady was 62. Local coroner Kandy Kelley noted that Roady was battling cancer, but died in his sleep from heart problems, according to The Associated Press. Roady played on Skaggs’ latest project, A Skaggs Family Christmas, Volume 2, released this fall. He also recorded with Kenny Chesney, the Dixie Chicks, Sara Evans, Vince Gill and Martina McBride, among many others, according to All Music Guide. In addition, he played numerous sessions in Muscle Shoals, Ala., with producer Jerry Wexler and artists like Art Garfunkel, Etta James and Sanford-Townsend Band.