Basic Background Info

Birth: Unknown
Location: Southern Louisiana
Band: Robert Palmer, LaMarca, Brooks and Dunn, Patti LaBelle, Wang Chung
Genres: Pop, Rock, Country
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician, Writer


From improvising with pencils, file cabinets, and metal stairs, to perusing junkyards for an emergency “kit,” Dony Wynn is an inventive and talented drummer. By the age of two, Dony Wynn knew that he was destined to be a drummer. Dony Wynn was instantly enamored with music when he heard his first Elvis Presley and Fats Domino records. One Christmas, he received a toy drum set. The next, more drums. When Dony Wynn saw the Beatles and The Dave Clark Five on the Ed Sullivan show his aspirations were set.

In his early teens, Dony Wynn was already playing with musicians who were much older than himself. Since he grew up in Southern Louisiana, Dony Wynn was automatically exposed to an array of gifted and successful musicians. While he was still in high school, Dony Wynn got the opportunity to play with Dr. John. It was with Dr. John that Dony went on his first U.S. tour.

Dony Wynn took a four year break from performing in order to further develop his technique. After this time, Dony Wynn studied with Leo Nocentelli. Dony Wynn moved to Los Angeles and worked with Robert Palmer, Brooks and Dunn, Patti LaBelle, Wang Chung, Steve Winwood, and many other talented musicians.

This work with various artists took Dony Wynn around the world. While on tour, he sent postcards out to friends and family. These small, yet amazing cards led Dony Wynn to writing, after being asked numerous times by the recipients if he ever planned on writing further. In 1992, Dony Wynn was on another break from drumming and living on a friend’s ranch, handling all the necessary chores to keep the ranch running. When autumn came and the chores became fewer and farther between, Dony decided it was time to pursue creative writing.

Dony Wynn managed to talk a college professor into accepting him into his class. Not having taken the SAT or attending any sort of college classes, this was a considerable achievement. The night after his first day of class, Dony Wynn wrote a thirty page short story. By the age of forty-four, he’d written his first novel.

Musician, writer, musician—Dony Wynn has worked with many amazing artists and has done great work on his own. Dony is a born creator, no matter what the medium.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1979 Secrets Robert Palmer
1980 Clues Robert Palmer
1982 Maybe It's Live Robert Palmer
1982 Mystery Ticket Moon Martin
1983 Pride Robert Palmer
1985 Riptide Robert Palmer
1985 LaMarca LaMarca
1988 Heavy Nova Robert Palmer
1989 Addictions, Vol. 1 Robert Palmer
1992 Ridin' High Robert Palmer
2003 Live from Nowhere Near You Various Artists
2003 Patricia Vonne Patricia Vonne
2003 Dancehall Revival T.C. Daylor
2004 Christmas Wonder Andrew Heller
2005 Texture Vision Larissa
2005 Guitars & Castanets Patricia Vonne
2008 Traveling Steve Poltz
2011 Call It My Garden Carrie Elkin
2012 Blackberry Light Charlie Mars


  • While attending SXSW in Austin, Texas, Dony had his cymbals stolen, including a discontinued Paiste 22" Signature Thin China. He spread word to all pawn shops, caught the guys who stole the cymbals on a busy street, and got them all back.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Cymbals: Paiste
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Heads: Evans
Electronics: Rhythm Tech
Sticks: Vater

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