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Def Leppard Drummer Rick Allen and musician Lauren Monroe on Wyoming Sounds.

Rick Allen and his wife, Lauren Monroe
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Rick Allen and his wife, Lauren Monroe

Rick Allen, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Drummer for Def Leppard, and his wife, musician, and healing arts practitioner Lauren Monroe talked with Grady Kirkpatrick about the Raven Drum Foundation event Mountain Rhythm Reset in Jackson Hole from September 21st through 23rd.


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Grady has taken a circuitous route from his hometown of Kansas City to Wyoming. Sometime after the London Bridge had fallen down, he moved to Arizona and attended Arizona State University and actually graduated from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. ("He's a Lumberjack and he's OK……..!") He began his radio career in Prescott in 1982 and eventually returned to Kansas City where he continued in radio through the summer of 1991. Public Radio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky beckoned him to the bluegrass state where he worked as Operations/Program Manager at WKMS in Murray and WNKU in Highland Heights just across the Ohio from Cincinnati.