Jeff Sullivan (musician)

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Jeff Sullivan (born November 15, 1968 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American musician best known for his work as the drummer for the southern rock band Drivin N Cryin,[1][2][3] as well as being the drummer for the early incarnation of blues-rock band The Black Crowes.[4][5][6] Drivin N Cryin was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in 2015.[7] He has performed and recorded numerous musical collaborations with members of R.E.M.[8], The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers Band and The Georgia Satellites as well as performed on national tours with Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Widespread Panic, R.E.M., Sonic Youth, The Ramones, Collective Soul, Bob Dylan, Soul Asylum, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers and The Who.


Jeff Sullivan grew up in the Atlanta suburb of Dunwoody.[9] His music career began at North Springs Charter School of Arts and Sciences where he formed a band called ‘The Disciples’. It was at a Disciples performance in 1986 that Jeff’s drumming talents were noticed by local songwriters Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson. Sullivan was quickly given the offer by them to become the drummer of their band ‘Mr. Crowe’s Garden’.[10] He accepted and performed with them in many of the local Atlanta clubs and recorded on the early demos for A&M Records that would help them (now renamed to The Black Crowes)[11][12] sign their first recording contract with Rick Rubin and his label American Recordings. It was right after recording that demo for A&M Records that Sullivan was approached by local Atlanta up and coming band ‘Drivin N Cryin[13] who were in the process of signing a multi-album contract with the major label Island Records. Sullivan, being a fan of Kevn Kinney’s songwriting and the power of Drivin N Cryin’s first album jumped at the opportunity to join the band and was at the time (then 18 years old)[14] the youngest artist to sign with Island Records.[15][16]


Jeff Sullivan’s 20+ year career as Drivin N Cryin’s drummer encompasses 5 major label and 2 independent label albums including his work on 1989’s “Mystery Road” that Paste Magazine calls "One of The 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time”[17] and includes the song “Straight To Hell” that was recently covered by Darius Rucker on his 2017 album “When Was the Last Time[18]  along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Charles Kelley.  Sullivan’s work also includes 1991’s RIAA Gold Certified “Fly Me Courageous"[19], Geffen Records 1995 “Wrapped in Sky”.[20] In addition to his work with Drivin N Cryin, in 1990 Jeff Sullivan worked with Peter Buck on Kevn Kinney’s “Macdougal Blues”[21] and in 1991 he appeared on the Late Night With David Letterman Show[22] and  worked again with Peter Buck and other members of R.E.M. on Nikki Sudden’s “The Jewel Thief”[23]. In 1995 Sullivan recorded Robin Trower’s “Too Rolling Stoned” with  Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers Band for the High Times compilation album “Hempilation: Freedom is NORML”[24] as well as session drumming on “Information” Mute Record’s album by the band Toenut.[25] In the ‘90s Sullivan also performed session work for Michelle Malone, Ultrababyfat and Seven Simons[26] as well as working as a graphic designer on album art work and collaboration in music video production.[27]

In 2012 Drivin N Cryin was honored by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Georgia for being “a staple of historical musical excellence here in the State of Georgia” and “music career worthy of recognition.” in Senate Resolution 916 and House Resolution 387.[28]

Jeff Sullivan can be seen in the 2013 music documentary "Scarred but Smarter” (The Life and Times of Drivin N Cryin).[29]

In 2015 Drivin N Cryin was inducted into The Georgia Music Hall of Fame.[30]


Year Album Artist Credits
2002 Extremely Live at Eddie’s Attic Don Conoscenti Design, Layout Design
2001 Eight Balls in Reverse Ultrababyfat Drums
2001 Paradox of Grace Don Conoscenti Drums
2000 Audiocards Tyro Drums
2000 The Flower & the Knife Kevn Kinney Photography
2000 Ultimate Collection Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Composer
1999 The Essential Live Drivin’ n ‘ Cryin’ Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Photography, Drums, Design
1998 Silver Tones Smile Ultrababyfat Drums, Sound Effects
1997 Too Late to Turn Back Now Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Drums, Percussion, Artwork, Design, Concept, Composer
1995 Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML Warren Haynes Drums
1995 Information Toenut Drums
1995 Wrapped in Sky Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Drums, Composer
1994 Redemption Dream Band de Soleil Guest Artist, Congas
1993 Kalifornia [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] Composer
1993 Smoke Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Composer
1991 Fly Me Courageous Drivin’ n’ Cryin’ Member of Attributed Artist, Drums, Percussion, Composer
1990 MacDougal Blues Kevn Kinney Drums, Percussion, Composer
1989 Mystery Road Drivin' n' Cryin' Drums
1987 Whisper Tames the Lion Drivin' n' Cryin' Drums
The Boy From Nowhere, Who Fell Out of the Sky Nikki Sudden Drums (Snare)

Personal Life

In 2009, Sullivan decided to pursue his love of computer visual effects and retired from the music business. He accepted a job offer in Los Angeles as a Crowds Artist for DreamWorks Animation.[31] Since then his 10+ year career at DreamWorks Animation[32] has included over 10 feature films that have garnered multiple Academy Award nominations including Kung Fu Panda 2, Trolls and the How to Train Your Dragon Trilogy[33].

As of 2019, Jeff Sullivan resides with his wife Andi and their 2 kids in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles[34][35] and now works for the Walt Disney Animation Company as a Crowds Artist on the upcoming sequel to “Frozen”.[36]


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