Originally from New York, Kevin Leahy has spent more than two and a half decades recording and touring with a variety of Americana and roots rock artists. He played drums on Shawn Mullins’ 1998 multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated recording Soul’s Core (Columbia Records), the BoDeans’ 2004 release Resolution (Rounder Records), John Driskell Hopkins & Atlanta Pops Orchestra’s 2015 collaboration In The Spirit: A Celebration of the Holidays, and various other recording projects with artists such as Ellis Paul, Tift Merritt, Chuck Brodsky, Evan McHugh, Coy Bowles & The Fellowship, Eliot Bronson, Tyler Reeve, Corey Smith and Beth Wood.
Kevin performed over 150 live shows and appeared in numerous television performances throughout the world while supporting Shawn Mullins’ #1 Adult Top 40 hit “Lullaby (Rock-a-bye).” He spent the majority of 2009 & 2010 on the Zac Brown Band “Breaking Southern Ground” tour, performing with the tour’s support acts–Southern Ground Artists Levi Lowrey, Sonia Leigh, and Nic Cowan (documented in the Pass The Jar DVD, filmed at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta and released on Atlantic Records).
Kevin has also toured extensively with the BoDeans, Billy Pilgrim, The Jennifer Nettles Band, and Geoff Achison, as well as Sugarland, Aslyn, Bloodkin, Ted Russell Kamp, Michelle Shocked, Art “Buddy” Edwards, and Allgood Music Company. Currently residing in Atlanta, he regularly performs and records drums, timpani, mallet instruments and percussion in a number of settings. Kevin studied at the Manhattan School of Music pre-college program, and he is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music, where he was a student of Kenny Aronoff.
Kevin Leahy proudly plays and endorses Ludwig drums and Vic Firth drumsticks. He served on the Board of Governors of the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy from 2014 to 2020 (VP from 2018 to 2019), and he has served as Executive Director of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra since 2019.