With numerous bands and 18 albums under his belt, LONNIE HAMMER’s drive, talent, and determination has elevated him to major-league status within the music industry. During his illustrious career multi-talented drummer/singer/songwriter, Hammer has been a member and recording artist with the legendary rock band BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE, JONAH 33, and CHOSEN and played for JACK RUSSELL’S GREAT WHITE. Never one to rest on his laurels and always with a few surprises up his sleeve, Hammer will have four (4) records released within the year. Underdog Heroes with BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, the vinyl release of GRIND by EMN, and two (2) with his new band HAMMER DOWN HARD, Total Annihilation and Madness Serves Me Well. LONNIE HAMMER recently launched his solo project HAMMER DOWN HARD, a powerhouse of modern adrenaline-fueled high energy hard rock/metal.
The debut album, Total Annihilation, presented all-star guest performances by members of SHINEDOWN, CANDLEBOX, SALIVA, GREAT WHITE, BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, RIOT, TWELVE STONES, WINGER and SURRENDERS THE FALL. Total Annihilation debuted at #3 as the Most Added record on the Metal Contraband Chart and remained in the Heavy Top 40 for eight weeks. HAMMER DOWN HARD was voted Rockwired Magazine’s Artist of the Month for August 2018 by the fans only weeks after their debut and was selected as one of the Top 20 New Bands That Rocked 2018. AXS exclusively premiered the “Total Annihilation” music video January 3, 2019. “Total Annihilation” AXS Video Premiere link: http://www.axs.com/136290
HAMMER DOWN HARD was formed by renowned hard rock drummer/singer/songwriter LONNIE HAMMER in the Fall of 2017, with assistance from manager Kim Allegrezza (THE ALLEGREZZA AGENCY). HAMMER DOWN HARD features some of the finest musicians in the hard rock and heavy metal music scene in their ranks. Hammer along with fellow songwriter and producer Justin Rimer (Cross Trax Studio) composed songs with a modern Hard Rock edge that blend into blistering Metal with powerfully memorable and hints of Thrash.
Lonnie Hammer branched out into new territory both musically and lyrically with HAMMER DOWN HARD, pushing deep into new creative realms. With honest songs, top-notch lyrics, powerful vocals and sheer rock fury you can feel the energy as well as the incredible enthusiasm this formidable band brings to the music world. Not only do they rock a crowd, they conquer and certainly get everyone to stand up and take notice. The band’s very first gig was July 11, 2018, at RockFest 2018 in Cadott, WI., that night’s main stage lineup was HAMMER DOWN HARD, Autograph, Skid Row and Ace Frehley.
LONNIE HAMMER is always writing and recording. Hammer was the go-to studio drummer at the legendary studios Sun Studios, Ardent Studios, and Kiva (House of Blues) Studios. Professional basketball team the Memphis Grizzlies play “Total Annihilation” and “Who I Am” at live games to fire up the players and fans. Hammer 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. Lonnie 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.
June 2017 Lonnie Hammer signed with the Artist Management & PR firm The Allegrezza Agency. Hammer lives to play and has no plans for slowing down. 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, Impression Cymbals and sponsored by Xzavier Clothing.
“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. I will always love being a drummer but I have found a new passion for being a lead vocalist/frontman!”
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