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Rickey Medlocke’s journey into rock and roll legend began as a child, growing up under the watchful eye of his grandfather, Delta blues legend Shorty Medlocke, who nurtured his grandson’s natural ability with any instrument you set in front of him. What began as learning to play a miniature banjo as a little one eventually turned into a future as one of Southern rock’s most respected figures and a fiercely gifted musician who, night after night, dazzles sold out crowds as part of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s iconic triple guitar attack. The only thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the fact that when you put a guitar in Rickey’s hands and let him run wild, he doesn’t just shine: he electrifies.
One of our favorite examples of the sheer force of Rickey’s playing happened early last summer in Albany, New York; one lucky fan snagged front row seats to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s show that night and got the opportunity to catch the magic of Rickey’s playing in full force, getting gorgeous video of our favorite guitarist right as his “Free Bird” solo began.
For nearly two minutes, Rickey schools the entire audience and the next generation of axe slingers with a solo so electrifying, you don’t know where to look – do you watch his hands cruising the fretboard, do you watch his face? With a solo this fantastic, it doesn’t even matter where you look; what’s important is the tremendous, once in a lifetime talent occurring right in front of you and in a world where our guitar heroes are pretty few and far between as of late, Rickey’s gift is something to behold and treasure. Don’t worry, we won’t mind if you give it more than a few spins – we sure did!