Among Chad's early influences were drummer Al Jackson and the artists of Stax Records and artists such as Al Green on Willie Mitchell's Memphis based label, Hi Records. Jim Stewart, founder of Stax Records, along with Bobby Manuel, started a production company called The Daily Planet after the sale of Stax where Chad "hung out" and subsequently worked for The Daily Planet and learned a great deal about rythmn and recording. In fact, Jim and Bobby were key influences on Chad's style of drumming. Through associations with another recording studio in Memphis, Sounds Unreel, Chad caught an ear on the west coast and started playing with legendary guitarist Joe Walsh in 1986, a collaboration which produced two albums, Got Any Gum? and Ordinary Average Guy which resulted in multiple US and worldwide tours. The following year, 1987, Chad got the call to record with one of the world's most prolific songwriters, Neil Young. These sessions became Neil Young & The Bluenotes. After touring to promote this record, and producing MTV's 'Video of the Year', This Note's For You, Neil's interest circled back to 3-piece Rock & Roll which led to the New York and San Francisco recording sessions that ultimately became the album Freedom. In 1990, Chad moved to Nashville where Kenny Greenberg, Richard Bennett and Tony Brown were among the first producers to call in Chad for sessions in Nashville. These guys were extremely important in helping Chad to create a very successful recording career in Nashville. Formal recognition from his peers came first in 1996 when Chad was nominated for the Nashville Music Awards. He's been nominated numerous times since for the CMA and ACM musician awards. Chad's career has seen him in the studio and on stage/TV/touring with an impressive list of major recording artists(see credits list below). Chad recorded and toured with Mark Knopfler for ten years (1995-2005). His playing can be heard on Knopfler's solo records including "Golden Heart", "Sailing To Philadelphia",The Ragpickers Dream"," Shangri La" and the Mark and Emmylou Harris record of duets called "All The Roadrunning", as well as the films,"Wag the Dog" and "Metroland". A renewed association with Neil Young produced a record called "Prairie Wind".The spring of 2006 brought another recording called "Living With War." Chad performed on Neil Young's Heart of Gold Movie, filmed and directed by Johnathan Demme. Chad spent 2006 recording and touring with Neil Young and performing on CSNY's "Freedom of Speech Tour." Currently, Chad is in the midst of a world tour with Neil Young and is not entirely sure when Neil wants to stop. A new record was recorded in London and New York, "Fork in the Road"
Some of my credits include, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris, Joe Walsh, Dave Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joan Baez, Amy Grant, Vince Gill, Dianna Krall, Kenny Chesney, Lady Antebellum, Paul Carrack, Peter Frampton, Jessica Simpson, Brooks and Dunn, Jamie Johnson, Josh Turner, Toby Keith, Miranda Lambert, John Oates, Ashley Cleveland, Willie Nelson, Raul Malo, Ashton Shepherd, Sugarland, October Project, Livingston Taylor, Lee Ann Womack, Keb Mo, Trisha Yearwood, George Ducas, Victoria Shaw, Hank Williams Jr., Holly Williams, Sam and Ruby, Rodney Crowell, Pat Green, Roch Voisine, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Pieta Brown, Mitch Ryder, Shawn Camp, Asleep at the Wheel, Mary Stuart, Chuck Leavell, Keith Anderson, David Lee Murphy, Jack Ingram, John Anderson, Al Anderson, LeAnne Rimes, Chuck Cannon, Gretchen Wilson, Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Jeff Bates, Franky Miller, Trent Tomlinson, Frazier River Band, First Call, Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael Bolton, Darrell Scott, Kami Lyle, River Road, Matraca Berg, Danni Leigh, Allison Moorer, Chris Knight, Craig Dillingham, Donny Osmond, Randy Scruggs, Veronique Sanson, Gary Allan, Paul Kennerly, Earl Thomas Conley, Point of Grace, Jim Lauderdale, T. Graham Brown, Bill Engvall, Radney Foster, David Wilcox, Mac McAnally, Jeff Foxworthy, John Michael Montgomery, The Sky Kings,Wade Hayes, The Kinleys, Terry Radigan, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Shane McAnally, Sonya Isaacs, Jamie O'Hara, Blake Shelton, Earl Scruggs, Jeffrey Steele, Jenai, John Bunzow, Cory Branan, The Crabb Family, Mark Selby, James Blundell, Mila Mason, Larry Stewart, Ray Herndon, Kelly Hunt, Suzanna Spring, Trent Willman, Sisters Wade,Faby, Kenny Thomas, Royal Wade Kimes, The Road Hammers, Johnny Reid, Deon Taylor, One Flew South, Katie Armiger,................etc. For a more detailed and current discography please visit www.allmusic.com and type my name in then click on credits. Endorsers are: Craviotto Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks, DW Hardware, Gon Bop, Universal Audio, NHT, Focusrite, Royer Labs, Mojave Audio, QuikLok