Artimus Pyle Band at the Lancaster Grand Theatre
More than just a "tribute" to Lynyrd Skynyrd - it’s a tribute to the man that defined the sound. Artimus Pyle has said "If it wasn't for Ronnie Van Zant, no one would know my name." Long considered the “wild man” of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle’s powerful and distinctive double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound. Since his departure from Skynyrd in 1991 , Artimus Pyle's career has led him down an amazing path of solo records and projects culminating into one of the finest tributes to southern rock royalty. The Artimus Pyle Band is a high-energy, true-to the-music, and true to-the-era rock group - one of the few remaining on the road today. Artimus Pyle, Brad Durden, Jerry Lyda, Tony Black, and Scott Raines are not only a group of friends and contemporaries, but are a group with some of the most seasoned musicians in the Southeast.
Using his connections with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker - both acts that toured often with Skynyrd - Artimus met with Ronnie VanZant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. The results of that meeting -- Saturday Night Special -- greatly impressed Ronnie. Artimus' live debut with the band took place in Jacksonville's Sgt. Pepper's Club in October 1974. The gig, a show to raise money and awareness for Jacksonville's food bank, was hot. When Bob Burns left the band following Skynyrd's first European tour in December 1974, Artimus quickly got the nod as Skynyrd's new drummer.
The years Artimus played with Skynyrd were the years that solidified the legend behind the band. Quickly developing into one of the nation's top touring draws with a grueling schedule of 300 shows a year, the constant work and touring paid off. By October 20, 1977, Skynyrds songs had become radio staples.
This show is in partnership with Christian Appalachian Project’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.
For more information or to purchase tickets call 859.583.1716 or stop by the theatre:
11a.m. - 4p.m., 117 Lexington Street, Lancaster.