HelloAndrew.com is today dedicated to the memory of one of my dearest friends and musical collaborators, Thomas Wesley Roady, the primary percussionist for my All Star Superband, house percussionist for Muscle Shoals studios in the seventies, long time touring and recording percussionist for Aretha Franklin, Ricky Skaggs, John Dever, James Taylor, Kenny Chesney, Art Garfunkel, and many many more.
He was well known and beloved by thousands as not only one of the most accomplished session playing and touring percussionsts in the world, but one of the sweetest, most sincere and loving friends that anyone could ever hope to know. He opened his heart to each of the dozens of songs he recorded with me, and to me personally, crossing the country to visit and perform with me on my birthday just for the fun and love of it, welcoming me and my recording sessions with the Memphis Horns into his warm and peaceful home, including opening his door with a warm welcome at unreasonable hours of the night.
Tom had recently been diagnosed with a serious case of stomach cancer, and he had told me in a long and optimistic letter that he did not want to fight it with heavy medical interventions. Well, as usual Tom found his own happy way to beat the odds, to beat the cancer, dying of a heart attack a few nights ago in his sleep, doing the gig he loved most in the world, touring as he had for many many years with the annual Skaggs Family Christmas shows. He told me many times that this was his favorite tour, one he looked forward to with great joy each year. He was recently and very happily married, very much in love and very happy. He made each of us part of his musical family and his last days were about as perfect as days can be.
Tom filled the lives of all he met with laughter, love and some of the most heartfelt and masterful music ever made. He worked on each song until he felt he had added every thing the song could need, no matter how much time or work it took, and I never once felt any reason to ask him for a retake or a revision because his parts were perfect literally every time.
- Andrew Jon Thomson 11-30-11
RIP Tom Roady 1948 - 2011
The music in this memorial player includes a late night jam session with Tom on samples and hand precussion, Andrew on guitar and Ian Berzon on Harmonica, as well as the Superband theme song for which he created a wonderful percussion mix that I then composed the song on top of. All the players used his part as a guide and he was effusively excited about the results. This was the only time in his long and storied career that an artist had him lay down his part before anyone else did, and he was very proud of the work. As are we all. I have included his precussion mix as a separate track so you can hear how much his music influenced the sound of the many amazing and legendary recordings he was a part of.
Cut Out My Brain is a true rarity: Tom Roady plays the drumset! Actually two tracks of drumkit and some percussion at the same time in this insane comical political satire with an intoxicated twist.
We will always love you Tom!
Songs and Jam Sessions featuring Tom Roady
Please add your words in memory of Tom
Services will be held Sunday, December 4, at 3:00PM at Highland Park Church, 5710 Knob Road, Nashville TN. Visitation will be held from 1:30-3PM, with service to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to be made in care of the Tom Roady Memorial Fund, Community Bank, P.O. Box 340, Kingston Springs, TN, 37082.
For further information, contact Jason Mosier at Cremation and Funeral Services of Tennessee, 615-477-9359 or http://www.cfstn.com/.
The following videos feature Tom Roady's words and especially his wonderful music, all music videos here feature Tom on percussion