Over the summer, the Skillet Lickers were inducted into yet another Hall of Fame – this time, the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame in Wilkesboro, NC. To recognize the band’s induction into the Hall of Fame and its contributions to the county it’s called home for decades, Gwinnett County commisioners will be presenting the Skillet Lickers with a special proclamation on Tuesday, September 19th at 2pm during a scheduled work session.
The work session is open to the public and will be held at the Gwinnett County Justice & Administration Center. “We’re honored to have been thought of by our friend, Chairwoman Nash, and the County that we love and have been proud to call home for generations. Gwinnett holds a special place in our hearts and we can’t wait to accept this honor,” says Russ Tanner, who along with his father Phil, will be present to accept the proclamation on behalf of the Skillet Lickers on August 1st.
Gwinnett County has grown quite a bit since Gid Tanner moved to rural Dacula in the 1930’s, but the Tanner family has remained in the same area for decades. In fact, Russ and his family still live on the same house and property as his grandfather Gordon. When Gid Tanner first began recording in 1924, the population of Gwinnett was just over 30,000. Today, Gwinnett is the second-largest county in Georgia at just under 1 million residents. While the county has underwent drastic changes through the years, the Skillet Lickers have always been a staple and are proud to still call Gwinnett home.