February 15, 2017
Rickey Medlocke featured in the film “Rumble,” recently featured at Sundance Film Festival
Rickey Medlocke featured in the film “Rumble,” recently featured at Sundance Film Festival. This documentary just won the award for World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Masterful Storytelling by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana at Sundance. Rumble tells the story of Native Americans who created an authentic sound that was never supposed to exist.
‘Rumble – The Indians Who Rocked the World’
Using playful re-creations and little-known stories, alongside concert footage, audio archives, and interviews with living legends, this deeply insightful film cements how some of our most treasured artists and songs found their inspiration in ancient, native melodies and harmonies that were infused with a desire to resist. You’ll never listen to your favorite rock and roll classics the same way again.
RUMBLE has a long list of music artists, historians, family members, and experts participating in the film including: Buddy Guy, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Bennett, Taj Mahal, Cyril Neville, Ivan Neville, Martin Scorsese, John Trudell, David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine), Steven Tyler, Derek Trucks, Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Monk Boudreaux, George Clinton, Jackson Browne, Martha Redbone, James “Hutch” Hutchinson, Joy Harjo, Iggy Pop, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Pura Fe Crescioni (Ulali), Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), Phil Soussan (Ozzy Osbourne), Matt Sorum (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Mike Inez (Alice in Chains), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Taboo (Black Eyed Peas), Slash (Guns ‘N’ Roses), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Rickey Medlocke (Lynyrd Skynyrd & Blackfoot,) Pat Vegas (Redbone), Robbie Robertson, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many others.
Rickey Medlocke formed the band BLACKFOOT when he was in his late teens. Medlocke was the lead vocalist and front man and kept the band going releasing over 10 hard rock albums. During a brief time in 1971 Rickey left BLACKFOOT to tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd as their drummer until 1973. He then reformed BLACKFOOT where he remained until the mid 1990's.
During his early time with Skynyrd, Medlocke wrote and recorded with the band. He sang lead on some songs like: "One More Time", "Preacher’s Daughter", "Lend A Helpin’ Hand", "Wino", "White Dove", "Comin' Home", "The Seasons", "Ain’t Too Proud To Pray," and "You Run Around."
After a few successful years with Skynyrd, Medlocke went back and reformed BLACKFOOT. The band began touring and started producing hit songs that included, "Train Train", written by Medlocke’s grandfather, and "Highway Song", written by Medlocke and BLACKFOOT drummer Jakson Spires.
In 1996 Rickey received a phone call from Gary Rossington inviting him to rejoin Lynyrd Skynyrd as lead guitarist and primary songwriter. Medlocke continues to be a full time guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd touring and recording. Medlocke is still heavily involved in BLACKFOOT. He handpicked the next generation of musicians for the band where he mentors, producers and writes for the band.
In 2008, Medlocke was inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame. In 2013 Rickey Medlocke won a Native American Music Award for Best Instrumental Recording with Homeland Nation Soundtrack at the 14th Annual Native American Music Awards. Now in 2016 Rickey is featured in this wonderful documentary honoring his heritage in: ‘RUMBLE, The Indians Who Rocked the World.’
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