If imitation is the highest form of flattery, then SkynFolks deserves the gold medal.
Brought together by luck, fate, devotion and drive, the members of this Atlanta-based tribute band pledged to create a sound that would reproduce the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd. No improvisation allowed — every part had to be played exactly like the original recordings. Constant practice honed the music like a razor. What emerged when they finished has never been done since the days of the original Skynyrd lineup: totally authentic, accurate renditions of the music on the first five Lynyrd Skynyrd albums.
The band brings the look, feel and sound of the iconic Southern rock legends to the Emma Kelly Theater on Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Dabbs, Hickman, Hill and Cannon CPAs and Business Advisors and Bulloch Broadband, Skynfolks will share the stage with opening act The Pine Box Dwellers from Waycross. Reserved seat tickets are $20 and can be purchased by visiting the Averitt Center’s main gallery (open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.), by calling 912-212-2787 or online at www.averittcenterforthearts.org.
SkynFolks’ material is drawn from the first five original studio recordings from 1973-1977. The band plays all of the hits including “Freebird,” “Gimme Three Steps,” “Call Me The Breeze,” “Saturday Night Special,” “Statesboro Blues,” “Sweet Home Alabama,” “What’s Your Name” and many more.
In the last two years, SkynFolks has played in venues of all sizes, including festivals, theaters, clubs, private parties and concert halls. These performances helped the band build a rapidly-growing, enthusiastic fan base, many of whom have followed their performances to venues across the Southeast. It's been a labor of love for SkynFolks to provide the kind of high-quality, authentic experience that honors the legacy of Lynyrd Skynyrd.
The Pinebox Dwellers from Waycross caught the attention of the Averitt Center staff when they played in the second Rising Creek Music Series in March 2019. Winner of the 2018 “Band of the Year” at the Georgia Country Awards in Macon, the Dwellers have a Swampedelic sound that is a musical trip to the front porch of an old house deep in the Okefenokee Swamp. Their original songs reflect how being raised in a small swamp-town has shaped their love for family, life and music.