Paul (Paulie) Simmons is an American drummer. Currently, he is the drummer for the Reverend Horton Heat. He is previously most well known as the drummer for Th' Legendary Shack Shakers from 2003 to 2005. He was also the drummer in Christian rock band Petra from 2003 until their retirement in 2005. He has also played with several other rock bands, including touring with Black Oak Arkansas during the 1980s.
On April 30, 2012, it was announced on the website of progressive rock artist Neal Morse that Simmons would be the new drummer for Morse's American touring band. However, a few weeks later, Neal announced that Paul cancelled due to some family issues.
Simmons started playing the drums at an early age, playing with his brothers Mike (guitar) and Jamie (bass) in several cover bands.
- On June 12, 2004, he joined the three original members of Petra in a set in which they performed an entire set of songs from the 1970s.
- In 2005, he participated in the recording of the band's last live album, Petra Farewell. At one time of the show, Bob Hartman broke a string and Simmons delivered an impromptu drum solo. Unfortunately, being a spontaneous thing, the crew didn't get a good take of it so it wasn't included in the album or the DVD.
- Simmons studied from 1979 to 1982 at McGavock Comprehensive High School in Nashville, Tennessee obtaining his high school diploma in 1982.