DACULA, Ga. – On Friday, the Skillet Lickers announced their first three stops on their 2019 Fall Tour. Traditionally, the fall is the busiest season of the year for the band, performing at festivals and venues across North Georgia and beyond.

The first three confirmed cities on the tour include Athens, Blairsville, and the band’s hometown of Dacula. Check them out below:

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5Elisha Winn Fair (Dacula)

The Skillet Lickers have been performing at the Elisha Winn Fair, at the site of the historic Elisha Winn House, for decades. The festival features historic building tours dating back to the days of Gwinnett County’s founding, along with arts and crafts vendors, demonstrations, delicious food, and of course, great live music. There is a nominal fee for festival admission and music is free! Show time TBA.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12North Georgia Folk Festival (Athens)

For the first time in four years, the Skillet Lickers are heading back to the North Georgia Folk Festival in one of Georgia’s most eccentric musical cities! Located at Sandy Creek Park and featuring a star studded lineup of local and national folk artists, this event is a can’t miss. Show time TBA.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25 (7p) – Historic Blairsville Courthouse

A fan favorite and one of ours, too. Since the days of Gid Tanner, the Skillet Lickers have rarely missed a show on the last Friday night of October in Blairsville. It’s a free night of great entertainment and the house is always packed! Get there early for good seats in this historic venue in the heart of beautiful downtown Blairsville!

The fall season has traditionally been the busiest time of year for Country music’s longest running supergroup — and 2018 will be no exception. The Skillet Lickers will kick off their latest tour — which will feature nearly two dozen shows — in Lawrenceville at the inaugural “Foot Stompin’ Festival”, held at the historic Isaac Adair House.

The festival is slated to begin at 3pm on Saturday, August 18th with the Skillet Lickers taking to the stage at 4:30pm. This show will mark what is sure to be a very busy six weeks for the band, who will play 18 shows throughout August and September, including sixteen showings of ‘Smoke on the Mountain’ from September 6-30 in Cumming, Georgia.

The 2018 Fall Tour also includes popular stops in Dacula at the Elisha Winn Fair, in Blairsville at the always-packed historic Union County Courthouse in the heart of the North Georgia mountains, and two stops at the Canton Theatre in November.

For a full list of shows in the Skillet Lickers’ 2018 Fall Tour and complete details, visit www.skilletlickers.org/tour.

Skillet Licker fandom spreads far and wide. Even 94 years after his first recordings with Riley Puckett in 1924, Gid Tanner’s legacy continues to live on and thrive around the globe, even in the unlikeliest of places — like a Swedish tattoo parlor.

Olle Strandberg is a 75-year-old old-time fiddler from Stockholm, Sweden. As years passed and as he continued to master the art of fiddling, his fascination into American folk and old-time music continued to grow. He became very familiar with Skillet Licker classics of the 1920’s and ’30s and learned these early favorites on his fiddle. As he learned more and more of the Skillet Licker tunes, his love for the old-time band and its historic legacy grew. In fact, it grew so much that he felt inclined to get a tattoo of the late Gid Tanner — patriarch of the original Skillet Licker group on his upper right bicep with the inscription “Gid is my co-pilot” underneath an image of the iconic fiddler.

Olle Strandberg of Stockholm, Sweden, shows off his tattoo of Gid Tanner at the ‘Chicken House’ in Dacula, Georgia.

The picture and wording was taken from a popular Skillet Licker t-shirt. It’s probably safe to say it was the first and only Gid Tanner tattoo drawn by the tattoo artist in Stockholm.

Strandberg, a retired photographer and father of two, stopped by the ‘Chicken House’ in Dacula to check out the many different Skillet Licker artifacts and jam with Phil Tanner, Russ Tanner, and Larry Nash of the current day Skillet Lickers for the better part of Sunday evening. Strandberg also visited the grave of Gid Tanner, located at Hebron Church in Dacula.

Strandberg says he visits the United States on occasion and visits old-time music festivals along the way. “Everywhere I go … every time I go ply somewhere … I have to go around showing off this tattoo like this,” Strandberg remarked while laughing as he exposed his tattoo while reaching out his arm. “Everyone just loves it.”