HAMMER DOWN HARD
Lonnie Hammer was born to play the drums. The moment high school was over he hit the road for three years straight with his band Toy Jester. After relocating to Memphis, TN, Lonnie and his brother formed the Arena Rock band Chosen. The group quickly generated a big buzz and their first single “Welcome to the Machine” charted on hundreds of rock and alternative radio stations across the U.S.
Hammer is always writing and recording. Over the years he has worked with members from the bands Roxy Blue, Saliva and Dust for Life. Lonnie was the go-to studio drummer at the legendary studios Sun Studios, Ardent Studios, and Kiva (House of Blues) Studios. He co-wrote and played on the track “Knock you Down,” which was personally chosen by WWEʼs Jerry “The King” Lawler as the theme song for his wrestling television show. The song was also used by the Arena Football League team The Memphis Xplorers.
By April 2001 Lonnie Hammer had joined the Rock band Bullet Theory, who quickly caught the ear of Universal and put the band in the studio to record. During this time, Lonnie was also in the studio recording drum tracks for the Post Grunge Christian Rock band Jonah 33, which was signed to Ardent/ Epic. The Jonah 33ʼs self-titled debut CD on which Lonnie played spawned one top 20 single and two top 10 singles, including “Faith Like That” which was #2 nationally for 8 straight weeks. Lonnie also recorded with John and Korey Cooper of Skillet.
In 2004 Lonnie Hammer became the visionary, cofounder, performer and Executive Producer of the Progressive Rock/Metal band Chemical Zoo. The band worked with Grammy-winning Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Saliva) on their self-titled CD. In 2006 their CD Fluid Exchange was internationally distributed by Century Media.
Lonnie Hammer was nominated for “Best Drummer” in the American Online Music Awards in 2008, alongside Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers and Simon Wright who played with Ronnie James Dio and Rhino Bucket. In July of 2009 Lonnie and some friends formed the Alternative Rock band Crushing Juliet and immediately caught the attention of a few record labels eventually signing with Sunset/Interscope. Their album Broken Cadillac was officially released Sep. 14, 2010 to great reviews.
In the Spring of 2015 Hammer received a call from his friend Great White bassist Tony (Cardenas) Montana, to ask if Lonnie would be interested in filling in on the drums for Jack Russell’s Great White. A truly skilled professional, Lonnie performed his first show with the band with absolutely no prior band rehearsals and stepped in front of a crowd of 20,000 people in Hattiesburg, MS, completely blowing away the band and fans alike with his performance. Other than knowing Tony, Lonnie had never even met the other members of the band until after they played the last song of the set, “Rock Me.”
Back in the winter of 2012, while busy with all his contract artist gigs, Lonnie received a call from the management of Every Motherʼs Nightmare. They had been on hiatus and were planning a return. Lonnie Hammer was hired instantly and got straight to work writing new material. Every Mother’s Nightmare’s seventh record (Lonnie Hammer’s fourteenth album) GRIND, was released on Jun. 19, 2015. This five song EP produced by Justin Rimer (12 Stones) has guest performances by Wayne Swinny of Saliva, Zach Myers from Shinedown, and Jeff Caughron of Full Devil Jacket. The high-adrenaline single off the new record, “Loco Crazy,” was released on Lonnie’s birthday Jun. 26. EMN and Lonnie Hammer parted ways in the fall of 2017.
June 2017 Master Drummer Lonnie Hammer signed with the Artist Management & PR firm The Allegrezza Agency. Hammer lives to play and has no plans for slowing down.
“I really love new music, heavy and not so heavy. Some bands I’ve been really into lately are Five Finger Death Punch, In This Moment, Stone Sour, and Disturbed. I also like Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Cheap Trick, Sweet, Simon and Garfunkel. Even though I play drums I really enjoy singing too… I love writing music!”
One of Lonnie’s favorite things to do is meet and talk to fans at shows or via social media. It is this care, time and effort that has earned him the love and adoration of so many people from around the world. Hammer is endorsed by Mapex Drums, XCEL Drumsticks and sponsored by Xzavier Clothing.