Skillet Lickers officially inducted into Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame

Russ poses for picture on stage with Hall of Fame plaque following his acceptance speech.

The music and legacy of the Skillet Lickers continues to live on and continues to receive well deserved recognition, as was on display on Saturday night in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. At the Skillet Lickers’ first public appearance in the Tarheel State in several years, the historic Georgia-based band was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, alongside such stars as Andy Griffith, Ronnie Milsap, and more recently, Mac Wiseman and Don Gibson, who also received Hall of Fame honors at this year’s ceremony.

Representing the Skillet Lickers at the event was Russ and Phil Tanner along with bass player, Larry Nash. While most of the crowd at the ceremony were North Carolina locals, they seemed to enjoy the music of the Skillet Lickers. Watch the crowd go wild as the Skillet Lickers kick off their million-selling (and undoubtedly most popular) hit, “Down Yonder”.


The Skillet Lickers performed two songs at the ceremony, including another early classic, “Ida Red”. Before the performance, Russ Tanner gave a brief acceptance speech, saying the band was “honored” by the recognition and proud to see the family’s musical legacy continue to inspire and influence others nearly a century later. Check out the full acceptance speech below.


The honor comes 91 years after the Skillet Lickers’ official inception in 1926 and 93 years following Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett’s first recordings in 1924. In addition to the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame, the band is also members of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Atlanta Music Hall of Fame.

While the event occured over four hours away from the band’s home base in Metro Atlanta, the fans back home were able to keep up with the ceremony in real time and helped the festivities go viral online, with nearly 10,000 combined views of videos (as of 6/12) from the ceremony across the band’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

“This honor is as much for the fans as it is for the Skillet Lickers. Without our loyal supporters being there for us over these past 90 years, we would not be able to do what we do today. With this event being a couple hundred miles away and knowing that many of our fans would not be able to make the trek, we wanted to ensure that they were able to stay up-to-date with everything going on and be a part of the action from back home. The interest in this event has been enormous. Our online coverage of the event has reached tens of thousands of fans over the past weekend alone,” Russ Tanner said.

Take a look at these photo highlights from the Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony via Twitter:






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