Feat. DOLLY PARTON, SAMMY HAGAR, RONNIE DUNN, & MORE joining ROCK & ROLL HALL
OF FAME MEMBER & Former LYNYRD SKYNYRD Drummer ARTIMUS PYLE
Long considered the "wild man" of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle's powerful and distinctive
double bass drumming helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound. Artimus got his first real
break at the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam. His first recording lists – Artimus Pyle,
percussion. Then with other work for the Marshall Tucker Band, Artimus became known as a
Using his connections with Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker, both acts that often toured
with Skynyrd, Artimus met with Ronnie Van Zant 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. He would replace their original drummer (Bob Burns) following the release of the
group’s second album, Second Helping, and performed with the band and on Skynyrd’s
following four albums,
Nuthin' Fancy, Gimme Back My Bullets, Street Survivors, and their live album, One More for
the Road. Pyle was injured but survived the band’s 1977 horrific plane crash that abruptly
ended the lives of six people, including band members Steve and Cassie Gaines, and most
notably, frontman and musical visionary Ronnie Van Zant.
Now 45 years later, Artimus Pyle prepares for the release of his forthcoming Get Joe Records
honoring the music that propelled him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The album boasts
13 tracks and will
be released and distributed by BFD/Orchard on February 2, 2024.