WINDER, Ga. – The Skillet Lickers and First Baptist Church Winder are excited to partner for a barbecue and concert on Sunday, June 9, to benefit the church’s Zambia mission team.
The event is open to the public. Barbecue plates, provided by Winder FBC’s Men’s Ministry, will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Barbecue tickets are $5 and can be purchased on site. A love offering will also be collected for the mission team.
The Skillet Lickers will perform beginning at 6 p.m. The show will feature an abbreviated history of the band’s influence in the development of Country music, as well as classic Skillet Licker favorites.
This show marks the Skillet Lickers’ first public stop in Barrow County since the band performed at the Colleen O. Williams Theater in March 2018.
Additional information on this event can be found at www.fbcwinder.com/events. First Baptist Church is located at 625 Jefferson Hwy., Winder, GA 30680.
ABOUT THE SKILLET LICKERS
The Skillet Lickers’ name is synonymous with string band music in Georgia. This band from Dacula is familiar to Georgia historians and folk music fans across the world. Their recordings have sold millions and their style remains influential to the development of the country, folk, and bluegrass music. Today’s band is carrying on a tradition of string band music going back four generations and nearly a century. The Skillet Lickers are proud members of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
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.
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.”