It was truly a magical night in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday as the Skillet Lickers performed at the Don Gibson Theater in beautiful downtown Shelby, NC. The historical theater, which was repurposed a decade ago, is home to dozens of great concerts with some of Country’s biggest performers every year. The Skillet Lickers were honored to be invited to perform at the state-of-the-art venue, whose namesake, Don Gibson, was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame earlier this year alongside the Skillet Lickers in Wilkesboro, NC.
The show, which featured two new faces, Joey Forbes on drums and Jimmy Hooper on electric guitar, provided fans with a great show, combining history with Skillet Licker classics, Country music favorites, and a couple new tunes, as well – including a debut rendition of ‘Oh Lonesome Me’.
The highlight of the night for the band, however, didn’t come on stage, but rather from a couple of audience members. The Skillet Lickers were honored to have the widow of the late Don Gibson, Ms. Bobbie Gibson, in attendance at the show, alongside the niece of the legendary Earl Scruggs, Ms. Grace Scruggs. Both Gibson and Scruggs (along with their Hall of Fame relatives) are all Shelby, NC natives. The band was fortunate enough to get a group photo and speak with the two following the show. Ms. Gibson is seen on the left (between Phil and Russ) and Ms. Scruggs on the right (between Russ and Jimmy Hooper). The Skillet Lickers would like to sincerely thank both Ms. Gibson and Ms. Scruggs for being in attendance at the show.