Amazing Artists Honor the Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd With New Album of Covers

ONE MORE FOR THE FANS! CELEBRATING THE SONGS & MUSIC OF LYNYRD SKYNYRD, US poster, from left: Dale Krantz-Rossington, Mark Matejka, Gary Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke, Johnny Colt, Peter Keys, Michael Cartellone, Carol Chase, 2015
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Artimus Pyle assembled an impressive team of artists to pay tribute to his iconic band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Pyle is the former drummer and “wild man” of the band and helped them to stand out from the crowd. He replaced original drummer Bob Burns after the release of the band’s second album after meeting Ronnie Van Zant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. He performed with Lynyrd Skynyrd on four albums and was one of the survivors of the horrible plane crash that killed bandmates Van Zant as well as Steve and Cassie Gaines.

To honor his former bandmates who were lost far too soon 45 years ago, he has been working on a new album featuring some other amazing artists. The album, titled, Anthems – Honoring The Music Of Lynyrd Skynyrd, has 13 tracks that will be released on Feb. 2, 2024. One of the tracks will be released digitally on October 20th, which marks the anniversary of the tragic plane crash.

NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 11: Musician Artimus Pyle attends the screening of "If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd" at the Regal 27 Hollywood Theater on May 11, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee

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The album features not only Pyle but also Michael Ray, Ronnie Dunn, Sammy Hagar, Lindsey Ell, Chris Janson, Lee Brice, Jerrod Niemann, Marty Raybon, Billy Ray Cyrus, Warren Haynes, LOCASH, and Dolly Parton. The album will contain some of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s most popular songs including “Simple Man, “Sweet Home Alabama,” and “Freebird.”

Len Snow, Get Joe Records president who worked with Pyle for the album said, “This project has been a year in the making, but when the fans hear it they will understand why it took so long. Artimus is legendary within the Southern Rock space. The music that Lynyrd Skynyrd made will always live as a part of rock history. This album honors that music and gives Artimus a way to honor his former bandmates.”

Johnny Van Zant, Michael Cartellone, and Gary Rossington of Lynyrd Skynyrd perform onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 22, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Pyle is now 75 years old and continues to record and tour with the Artimus Pyle Band, now comprised of Pyle (drums), Scott Raines (guitar/vocals), Jerry Lyda (guitar) Brad Durden (keyboards/vocals), and Dave Fowler (bass).

The full tracklist:

“I Know A Little” – Micheal Ray
“Sweet Home Alabama” – Ronnie Dunn
“Simple Man” – Sammy Hagar
“Needle And The Spoon” – Lindsey Ell
“The Ballad Of Curtis Loew” – Chris Janson
“Workin’ For MCA” – Lee Brice
“That Smell” – Jerrod Niemann
“Gimme Three Steps” – Marty Raybon
“Call Me The Breeze” – Billy Ray Cyrus
“Saturday Night Special” – Warren Haynes
“The Hunt” – Artimus Pyle Band
“What’s Your Name” – LOCASH
“Freebird” – Dolly Parton

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