Tickets for ‘Real Time Radio’, the original Skillet Lickers production, coming to Winder, GA on Friday, March 30th, 2018 at 7:30pm, are now officially on sale. Tickets for the show, being held at the Colleen O. Williams Theater (inside the Winder Cultural Arts Center), are expected to go quickly and fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance.
Tickets can be easily purchased below, via Brown Paper Tickets, or by dialing the box office hotline at 678-935-6748. Tickets are $15 each (plus tax and service fee) and seating for the show is general admission.
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The Skillet Lickers, Country music’s first supergroup, now in the 93rd year, are excited to be returning to Winder, Georgia, for the first time since 2014, as they perform their latest musical production, ‘Real Time Radio’, on the evening of Good Friday (Friday, March 30, 2018). The show will take place in the heart of downtown Winder in the Colleen O. Williams Theater at the Winder Cultural Arts Center.
“We’re excited to have the opportunity to return to Winder,” said Russ Tanner of the Skillet Lickers. “We’ve been performing a lot of shows out towards Buford, Cumming, and Canton as of late, so it’s great to get to perform a full show close to home for a lot of folks who maybe haven’t been able to see us lately.”
‘Real Time Radio’ is a music-centered play, filled with Skillet Licker favorites, along with Country, Jazz, Blues, and Folk favorites from days gone by, while simultaneously telling the history of radio — and its enormous influence on the Skillet Lickers and other bands of the time, along with the impact radio had on America from its inception to the modern times. Tanner describes the show as “educational, yet filled with humor and packed full of great music”.
The Skillet Lickers are known for their diverse repotoire of music. The band performs everything from original, million-selling Skillet Lickers’ classics of the 1920’s and ’30s to classic country from Skillet Licker inspired artists (such as Roy Acuff, George Jones, and Hank Williams) along with Bluegrass, Jazz, Folk, and Blues favorites sprinkled in along the way, too.
In addition to their diverse repotoire, the band is known for its diverse instrumentation, featuring a fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, drums, stratocaster, and bass.
Having performed for over 90 years, the band has plenty of stories, history, and comedy to accompany their family-friendly shows. The Skillet Lickers today are led by Phil Tanner and son Russ Tanner, the third and fourth generation of the original band, which was led by Phil’s grandfather (Russ’s great-grandfather), Gid Tanner. Gid led the original band in the 1920’s and ’30s, including in 1934, when the band recorded its most famous hit, ‘Down Yonder’, which would become the first Country instrumental album to sell one million copies.
Tickets for the show will go on sale on Monday, February 19th at 10 a.m. You will be able to purchase tickets at skilletlickers.org (directly beneath this post), via Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling 678-935-6748. Tickets are $15 (plus service fee). Due to limited seating and only one show, fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as they are expected to go fast.
Through Gid’s son Gordon, grandson Phil, and great-grandson, Russ, the band has pressed on for nearly a century. The Skillet Lickers are proud members of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
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For over 91 years, the Skillet Lickers’ storied name has been the subject of much intrigue to music fans. While old-time bands are known for their — shall we say, unique — names, the Skillet Lickers often takes the cake. So, what exactly was Gid and the band drinking when they settled on the ‘Skillet Lickers’ nearly a century ago?
Well, it turns out that the answer is a little more complicated than that. It is believed that the answer actually lies over the state line in Alabama. Take a trip 13 miles west of the Georgia/Alabama state line and you’ll find the unincorporated community of Lick Skillet in Northeast Alabama, just south of Fort Payne (and about 25 miles northwest of Rome, GA). The name of the “town” was the influence behind the Skillet Licker name. The community was reportedly given its name in the early 1920’s, which caught the eye of many people, including Columbia Records’ Artist and Repotoire talent scout, Frank Walker. Walker originally discovered Gid Tanner and Riley Puckett in the 1924 and was there when the band formed two years later in 1926.
In an effort to sell more records, bands during this time were often given very distinctive names in an effort to stand out and garner attention in a growing genre of music. Simply put, it was an early Country music marketing gimmick — and it worked! Who could forget a name like the ‘Skillet Lickers’… and with a name like that, who wouldn’t want to at least listen to one of their songs? There’s no doubt the uniqueness of the Skillet Lickers’ name contributed in at least a minor way to their monumental success in the 1920’s and 1930’s. There’s also no doubt that an unincorporated community of a few dozen people at the crossroads of County Road 127 and County Road 176 in rural Dekalb County, Alabama had some influence, as well.
What’s Lick Skillet like today? Like the Skillet Lickers, the small community is still around, but not much has changed. Today, Lick Skillet is home to a small country church — Mt. Moriah Baptist — along with a storage warehouse, and interestingly enough, a music barn, home to a six-piece Country band on Friday nights and Bluegrass and Gospel singing on Saturday nights. The music barn was founded in the early 2000’s, but a very fitting addition for a town whose name influenced one of the greatest string bands of their time.
So, how did Lick Skillet get its name? Well, that’s an interesting question and an entirely different story. Legend has it that a fight broke out between two men at an area general store when one man grabbed a skillet and hit the other man upside the head (or, to put it more eloquently “licked him with the skillet”). So, in the grand scheme of things — it’s very likely that, if not for a dispute inside a rural Alabama general store in the early 1900’s, Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers would have operated under an entirely different name… and who knows, maybe the Skillet Lickers wouldn’t have enjoyed the same success they have enjoyed to this day.
Another year has come and gone and it was a successful one for Country music’s longest running band. From Hall of Fame inductions to sold out shows to special government proclamations, the Skillet Lickers saw it all in 2017. Over the past few days, the band has renewed its annual tradition on its social media platforms by counting down its eight ‘Top Moments’ of the year, revealing two per day and eventually ending on #1 on New Year’s Eve night. Here’s a recap of the top eight events of the year:
It was a big year for us filled with many great memories. We can’t wait to look forward to what 2018 brings and we can’t wait to see you out on the road real soon. Happy New Year, everyone!
The Skillet Lickers were back at it — rejoining the cast of ‘Smoke on the Mountain’, whom they had worked with on two earlier occasions both in 2015 and 2016 in the hit musical, ‘Smoke on the Mountain’, this time for the popular show’s lesser-known sequel, ‘Sanders Family Christmas’.
The show was certainly a hit in Cumming, with nearly every show near or at capacity. “We knew this show would be a big success, especially with this amazing cast, along with the support this community has shown us in ‘Smoke on the Mountain’, plus with it being Christmas time… everything seemed to work out perfectly and we want to thank everyone who came out to join us over the past three weekends. Also, a special thanks to this cast who has worked tirelessly on this production for multiple months, along with the band, our great sound and lights technician, Deryl Cape, and of course, our great director, Glenda Gray. We can’t wait to rejoin this group again real soon — it’s always a highlight of our year when we get to join these folks,” says Russ Tanner of the Skillet Lickers, who also assumed the role of executive producer in this year’s production.
Like its counterpart, ‘Smoke on the Mountain’, this show mixed inspiring spiritual messages with hilarious comedy and great music — except this time, with a Christmas flare. The show ran from Friday, November 24th through Sunday, December 10th with shows on Thursdays, Fridays, two on Saturdays, and a matinee on Sundays. (There was one snowed-out show on Friday, December 8th).
Sunday’s finale also marked the Skillet Lickers’ final public show of 2017. The band hopes to announce spring 2018 tour dates in the near future, but in the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
It’s true — there’s no greater stocking stuffer than a limited edition ‘Skillet Lickin’ Good’ tee! We have a very limited quantity remaining in our latest shirt design, which have been a fan favorite at recent Fall Tour shows!
The classic-styled dark green cotton tee depicts an iron skillet with a vintage-style Skillet Licker logo “imprinted” upon it. It’s the perfect gift for the Skillet Licker fan in your life or a great addition to your Skillet Licker clothing collection! Get in Skillet Licker style this holiday season with this one-of-a-kind, limited edition tee!
Purchase yours today before they’re all gone! Small, Medium and 2XL are currently sold out with a very limited supply of Large and XL remaining. Shirts are $15 (plus $5 shipping & handling). Order by December 19th and receive yours by Christmas Day! To place your order, simply order below via our secure Paypal link.
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.
The Skillet Lickers are happy to unveil our latest shirt design, depicting a vintage-style Skillet Licker logo imprinted on an iron skillet. This classic style green t-shirt is available now for just $20. Shirts are available for purchase at any remaining 2017 Fall Tour show (while supplies last) and a limited number are also available right now online. You can purchase your shirts using the Paypal form below and receive your shirts within just a few days. It’s a perfect gift for the holidays, too!
Shirts are available in sizes small to 2XL. Order via the secure Paypal form below!
UPDATE: we are currently sold out of Small, Medium, and 2XL. Only Large and XL sizes remain.
The Skillet Lickers have had a long history at the Blairsville Courthouse, reportedly first performing at the historic venue in 1926 when Gid Tanner and the original group made a stop in the mountain town during the band’s very first year. Now, 91 years later, the band continues its annual tradition of performing at one of the area’s most storied venues. Not much has changed in those 91 years. Still, the band is packing out the courthouse year-after-year. In fact, the seats filled for this year’s free show in around thirty minutes, leaving ushers to block off entrances to the courthouse (as it had reached its capacity).
“We love this place… it’s always amazing to think that Papa (Gid) Tanner played in this very spot nearly a century ago… and to keep packing it out with such incredible crowds such as this… really means a lot to us,” says Russ Tanner.
The crowd of hundreds inside the courthouse seemed to enjoy the format of this year’s show — which mixed history tidbits with storied Skillet Licker classics and classic country favorites by artists influenced by the Skillet Lickers. As the band closed the show, the crowd stood to their feet, demanding not one, but two encores, as the band closed out the night with its most successful classic, “Down Yonder”, recorded in 1934, eight years after the band’s first trip to Blairsville.
UP NEXT: The band now prepares for its second and final trip to North Carolina as they perform next at the Don Gibson Theater in Shelby, NC on Saturday, November 18th at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now at dongibsontheater.com.
Tuesday afternoon was a very special afternoon for the Skillet Lickers – not only was Phil celebrating his 75th birthday, but the band was also recognized with a very special honor from their beloved home county. Phil and Russ Tanner were on hand at the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners’ Meeting in Lawrenceville as Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash bestowed a special proclamation upon the group, recognizing their impact on Georgia’s second-largest county and recognizing them for their recent induction into the prestigious Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
Many Skillet Licker fans even joined in on the festivities, cheering on the band as the Commissioners recognized the historic group. Watch the entire proclamation presentation below via the Skillet Lickers’ Facebook page: