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Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artimus Pyle - Part Two - Off The Road with Dave Lawrence

courtesy of Artimus Pyle

Find the entire Off The Road series at hawaiipublicradio.org/offtheroad.

Today, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence concludes a remarkable conversation with one of only two band survivors still alive from the historic 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd plane crash: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Artimus Pyle.

Pyle recently told the story as part of the 2020 film Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, and joined us from his home in North Carolina.

In part one of our feature, Artimus shared the gripping story featured in the movie, describing the plane crash and his heroic rescue mission; he was the sole crash survivor to crawl from the wreckage to get help, and he details the incredible tale for us.

Today we’ll hear more about the crash, including the immediate aftermath and ways the band felt abandoned by their management and record label. We’ll also get some fun memories about Skynyrd’s 1977 visit to Hawaii, post the complete 90 minute interview, and a couple of other Lynyrd Skynyrd interviews Dave has done over the years.


Hear the complete new interview with Artimus Pyle:

Hear a 2001 interview with Lynyrd Skynyrd / Blackfoot's Ricky Medlocke.

Hear a 2003 interview with late Lynyrd Skynyrd / Outlaws guitarist Hughie Thomasson.

See a classic July 1977 concert video of Lynyrd Skynyrd featuring Artimus on drums:

See Skynyrd play Freebird at a packed Oakland Stadium in July 1977:

Hear the song Southern Feeling by Artimus' son Marshall, featured in part two:

courtesy of Artimus Pyle

Off The Road started in April 2020 when the pandemic led to a halt in the touring entertainment industry. Connecting with artists around the world since, we’ve offered intimate conversations and many exclusive musical performances with some of the biggest names in music, spanning many genres, eras and styles. Some of the highlight artists we’ve welcomed so far include Pat Metheny, Black Uhuru, Taj Mahal, Judy Collins, John McLaughlin, Carlos Santana, Linda Ronstadt, Al Di Meola, 10,000 Maniacs, Alice Cooper, Soul Asylum, Deep Purple, Third World, George Benson, Heart, Joe Satriani, The Doors, Randy Brecker, Peter Frampton and System of a Down.

Dave Lawrence is the local host of All Things Considered, Road Stories (formerly Off the Road), and Stargazer.
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