Tuesday's Gone was born in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2005 at an open mic night when a couple of local guitarists (John Pereksta and TR Gwynne) approached lead singer Ryan King and asked him if he wanted to get up and do a few Skynyrd songs. After agreeing, Ryan took the stage with the two guitarists along with the house drummer and bassist, and it didn't take him long to realize that these two had been playing together for quite some time. It wasn't the staple Skynyrd hits that people would normally want to jam on, like Sweet Home Alabama, or Gimme Three Steps, that they began to play. They started with "Workin' for MCA" and from there proceeded into "I Ain't the One", "That Smell", and "On The Hunt", and played all of the guitar parts flawlessly! By the conclusion of the evening, and after a roaring applause from a Raleigh crowd, Ryan got everybody's contact info, and "Tuesday's Gone" began rehearsing the very next week in a small storage unit in Raleigh. Lead singer and frontman Ryan King said "It just sounded way too good to ignore, ya know? People had been asking me for years to put together some sort of a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute, and after hearing some pretty awful attempts through the years, I just wasn't interested. Then I heard how good one of these things COULD sound that night if it was done the right way, and with respect, and I just couldn't ignore it. This had to happen".
Tuesday's Gone has had numerous incredibly talented members come and go throughout the many years they've been traveling the country, replicating the original 1970's era of Lynyrd Skynyrd right down to the last detail. Fans and critics alike all seem to agree that the current lineup is one of, if not THE, strongest lineup the band has had yet. Meet the band:
Ryan King - Lead Vocals
David "Elwood" Elmore - Bass
Michael Meeks - Piano/Keys
Joe Sprunt - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Spencer Carlson - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Dave Nicholls - Guitar/Backing Vocals
Kevin Peele - Drums & Percussion
In the beginning, the original members of Tuesday's Gone had no idea that the band would ever even play outside of Raleigh, much less end up touring the entire country. But the band caught on, and spread like a wildfire in no time flat. It wasn't long before TG was not only playing shows all over their home state of North Carolina, but all up and down every state on the East Coast as well.
The band has enjoyed playing for nearly 20 years, making memories out west in Montana, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and many others along the way. Up north they've bumped the Canadian border in Upstate New York, visiting New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and all of New England often. Down south they've frequented Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Thousands of fans from every state mentioned, and nearly every state in between them all, will tell you that if you come to one show, you'll be back again! From world famous music venues and casinos, to world famous bike fests. From fairs and festivals, to NASCAR races, Tuesday's Gone has done it all.
About the only thing that this band loves as much as replicating the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd perfectly, and meeting as many amazing fans as they can along the way, is being on the road and traveling to new places. Singer Ryan King is quoted as saying "Millions of people love this stuff, that's no secret. So do we. But we don't only love this stuff, we LIVE this stuff! I suppose that's why singing these songs comes as naturally as it does...I can relate to every word. I feel like I live these lyrics that Ronnie wrote every day of my life. He really was an amazingly prolific songwriter".
Tuesday's Gone has been blessed throughout the many years they've been together to have not only earned the respect of many amazing people in the world of Lynyrd Skynyrd, but to have also forged relationships with most of them....
Rock n Roll Hall of Fame member, and former Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle has not only become fast friends with Tuesday's Gone, but has gone as far as filling in for drummer Jason Patterson, and playing complete shows with the band. Artimus also rehearsed for months with singer Ryan King, after recruiting the lead vocalist to join he and his band for multiple shows on the Rock Legends Cruise, in 2022.
Former Skynyrd guitarist Randall Hall is close friends with Singer Ryan King, and recruited him some years back to be the lead singer and frontman for the Randall Hall Band out of Jacksonville, FL.
The late Jimmie Van Zant, first cousin of Lynyrd Skynyrd's founding father and frontman Ronnie Van Zant, honored Tuesday's Gone on stage at a show in Kinston, NC one night when he gifted lead singer Ryan King one of Ronnie's personal signature Hi-Roller hats, made by Texas Hatters. More recently, Jimmie Van Zant's personal assistant, and head PR representative, Lori Emory, along with the matriarch of the Van Zant family, "Aunt" Jane Van Zant, joined together to honor Tuesday's Gone at a show they played in Wilmington, NC with two custom plaques; one from the Van Zant family, and one from Lynyrd Skynyrd themselves.
From former Skynyrd tour managers like Paul Abraham, to former Skynyrd roadies like Craig Reed, everyone who has seen or heard Tuesday's Gone recognizes immediately that they're not just another "tribute band", they're much more. The love and respect each member has for the music, the story, the members, and the fans, runs very deep. You need look no farther than the next stage they stand on to see and hear that for yourself.