How Lynryd Skynyrd’s Rickey Medlocke Almost Left Music For Radio
As we all know by now the history of Lynyrd Skynyrd is not just one of tragedy but also the ability to overcome the odds and maintain a live concert experience that continues to entertain and bring joy to people all over the country. One former member Rickey Medlocke spent a small amount of time with the band as a drummer before stepping away and pursuing his own project, Blackfoot. It wouldn’t be until the late 90s that the olive branch was extended once again to Ricky, only this time he would step in as lead guitarist. Perhaps it was fate that he was not on that plane when it crashed.
I had been doing Rickey Medlocke's Wake Em' & Shake Em' Morning Show and I would go into radio stations back then and take the place of the morning team that was on vacation. I would do a 5-day show Monday through Friday starting at 5 a.m./ 6 a.m. in the morning and I was having a blast at it. Well, I had kind of thought to myself, "Hey ya know, I'm getting paid well for this...maybe this is my calling now, and I struggled with it I really did."
One day I woke up and had too much frozen tundra ice in my ears and I said "I'm outta' here."