Jim is the drummer and bandleader for multi-platinum group, Rascal Flatts. Over the last decade, he has played hundreds of sold out shows for millions of fans. His recent television credits include The Grammy Awards, The Tonight Show, The American Music Awards, American Idol, Dancing with the stars, Oprah, and The Today Show. Jim’s recording credits include Rascal Flatts’ multi-platinum disc, ‘Me and My Gang’, EA sports ‘MADDEN 11 Football’, Brian McKnight’s album, ‘Ten’ as well as a track on the platinum ‘Hannah Montana: The Movie’ soundtrack.
Jim’s has been constantly recognized by his peers as being one of the best in the business. In 2011, Jim was voted “Best Country Drummer” by the readers of Modern Drummer Magazine.
In 2009 Jim was voted “Best Drum Clinician” by the readers of MD as well as “Best Country Drummer” 2008-2010 by the readers of DRUM! Magazine.
Jim attended University of North Texas where he received his degree in Music Education. In addition to being one of Nashville’s elite touring drummers, Jim has become internationally recognized as a clinician and educator. His 2011 Clinic for Modern Drummer Fest was filmed by Hudson Music and is scheduled to be released on DVD in November of 2011. His teaching studio “The Drum Dojo,” opened up in 2007 and is a place where Jim can teach the great drummers of tomorrow. He is also a published composer, and a frequent educational columnist for Modern Drummer Magazine. His first book, “Song Charting Made Easy: a play along guide to the Nashville number system” (Hal Leonard Publications) was released in June 2010. He is sponsored by Ludwig, Sabian, Remo, Gibraltar, Vater, and Shure.
The Modern Drummer Festival™ 2011 full DVD/video
Jim Riley MD Fest trailer.
Jim recorded on 'Rascal Flatts Live' dvd and also "Me and My Gang" (Quadruple platnum). Brian McKnight's "Ten", and Jeff Scheetz "Pawn Shop".
Manu Katche, Terry Bozzio, Dennis Chambers, Trilok Gurtu