Published on April 29, 2011 by Casey
Rickey Medlocke is a musician best known as the frontman/guitarist for the southern rock band Blackfoot and, more recently, as a guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd. He was a member of Lynyrd Skynyrd briefly in 1970 as a drummer before he left to pursue other musical interests but rejoined the band in 1996 after Gary Rossington asked him to join.
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Being of Blackfoot ancestry, Medlocke was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
Medlocke started performing onstage at the age of three. His grandfather, Shorty Medlock, was a well-known delta blues musician and he taught Medlocke how to play a miniature banjo. From there on his musical abilities grew and he had taught himself how to play guitar by the age of five and he was playing drums in Shorty’s band at the age of eight. Medlocke was raised by Shorty and his grandmother. Over the next several years Medlocke mastered the banjo, guitar, drums, mandolin, dobro and keyboards. He had a melodic singing voice and had taught himself to sing and play guitar at the same time. After graduating high school, Medlocke formed his first band, Blackfoot, where he was lead vocalist and lead guitarist.
Birth Name: Rickey Medlocke
Birth Place: Jacksonville, Florida
Date of Birth: February 17, 1950