Chad Cromwell was born in 1957 in Paducah Kentucky and is a rock drummer whose music career has spanned more than 30 years. He is the founding member of a band called Fortunate Sons, which released a self-titled album in 2004.

He has played and rcorded with with Amy Grant (six albums), Mark Knopfler (five albums), Stevie Nicks, Charles Kelley, Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steven Curtis Chapman, Bob Seger, Neil Young (seven albums), Allison Moorer, Willie Nelson, Joe Walsh, Emmylou Harris, Mark Knopfler, Dolly Parton, Livingston Taylor, Lady Antebellum, Beth Nielsen Chapman, LeAnn Rimes, Matraca Berg, Kenny Chesney (seven albums), Rodney Crowell, Jessica Simpson, Brian Wilson, Joss Stone, Michael Bolton, Cyndi Lauper, Miranda Lambert, Jewel, Peter Frampton, Vince Gil, Joan Baez, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, Joe Bonamassa, and others.