The Artimus Pyle Band brought some hard-hitting southern rock to The Greenwich Odeum on Friday. The show felt like more than just a tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, it had the vibe of being at an actual Skynyrd performance.
Pyle has long been considered to be the “wild man” of Lynyrd Skynyrd, with powerful and distinctive double bass drumming that helped define the legendary Skynyrd sound. The former Skynyrd drummer’s band carries on a legacy of “honoring the music of Ronnie Van Zant’s Lynyrd Skynyrd.”
The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer was backed by his solid band consisting of Brad Durden (vocals/keys), Scott Raines (guitar), Jerry Lyda (guitar), and Dave Fowler (bass). Of particular note, Pyle’s drumming was spot on, as were Durden’s vocals.
The band flawlessly worked their way through a catalogue of Skynyrd hits with the likes of “That Smell,” “Simple Man,” “Gimme Three Steps,” Call Me the Breeze,” “Saturday Night Special,” as well as the fan favorite “Free Bird.”
What’s Up Rhode Island was there to bring you coverage of a night of some classic southern rock. See the slideshow below for photos.