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Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd Talks Crazy Horse and Rez Life

Rickey Medlocke of Lynyrd Skynyrd discussed American Indian issues with a Fayettevile newspaper.
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Native American Music Association Hall of Fame member Rickey Medlocke, better known as the guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd, spoke with the FayObserver blog while the group was in North Carolina to play a couple of gigs before heading to the massive bike fest in Sturgis.

Medlocke is of Blackfoot heritage, and in fact played in a group called Blackfoot for some 20 years before getting the call to join Skynyrd in 1996. Today, he is the lead guitarist and principal songwriter in the Southern-rock mainstay best known for "Freebird" and "Sweet Home Alabama."

The article states that just prior to the start of the interview, Medlocke received a text message from Lance White, the great-great grand nephew of Crazy Horse. The Crazy Horse family, it seems, wants to adopt him. “I’m still stunned by it,” Medlocke told the interviewer. “I wrote him back ... and told him it would be an honor and a privilege.”

Medlocke also discussed a documentary series he is interested in selling to a network. To be called "Homeland Nation," it would shine a light on the side of Indian country that so much of mainstream America doesn't see or understand. "People don’t really realize that not all Native American nations are as fortunate as some others to have the casinos and different things like that," Medlocke said. "There’s a lot of gang problems, there’s a lot of drug problems, a lot of alcohol problems."

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Skynyrd's new album, Last of a Dyin' Breed, will be released August 21. Medlocke described the material as having "a lot of blues influence" and "a lot of old rock 'n roll stuff."