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SECOND HELPING: THE BAND

SECOND HELPING HISTORY

 

Second Helping started in 1988 in Tampa, Florida by its founder, Chris McCallister. Second Helping was the "first Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band in the United States" Second Helping is much more than a Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band; it is a showcase for classic Skynyrd music. Expect a big show, a big sound, and an evening that will bring you back to a time of youth, fun, and hope.

 

 

The Band

BOB - Front Man

 

Bob is "the voice" of Second Helping. Bob is a prolific writer who paints pictures with his lyrics. His background runs deep into Goshen Swamp, North Carolina. His music covers Bluegrass to heavy rock. Bob is as approachable as they come...but make no mistake; he is the front man and leader of Second Helping. While Bob is an easygoing person, he demands nothing but perfection in delivering the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Bob has studied the life and vocal styling of Ronnie Van Zant and delivers the most accurate reproduction of the legendary front man.

Jackie Johnson - Piano/Hammond Organ

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Chris McCallister - Lead Guitar

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Joey Gillette - Drummer

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  Joey has a deep passion for drumming, from rock and roll to the heaviest of metal Joey stands tall.

 

 As second Helpings drummer, he plays every single part down to a T.

He studied Artie's approach and feel for the music for a full year before hitting the lime lit stage with SH. Now a 10 yr. veteran of SH. Joey is a force to be reckoned with behind the drums

 

 

 

 

James K. Jones - Lead Guitarist

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Born to play guitar, James is an excellent and talented guitarist. When you hear, Second Helping look out when James plays lead! Cutting through the mix, James plays the parts of Allen Collins, ED King, and Gary Rossington. A fan favorite high jumping energetic guitarist from Kinston N.C. James is a veteran lead guitarist for Second Helping and is known for his high octane crowd pleasing performances

 

 

Jon Riggs - Lead Guitarist / Back-up vocalist

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The first song I ever learned to play was Hank Williams Sr., I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry; the second was Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters. Not a bad place to start, I guess.


I began singing at the age of eight with my father, mother, & brother in a family band that we played in at church. My dad was the preacher, so it was just what we did. I did not get into playing the guitar until the age of fourteen. I would sneak behind my fathers back to play his guitar that I was forbidden to touch.


My first band was a Christian rock band called One Less Stone. I spent the rest of my teenage years playing in every kind of rock and metal band I could get in, playing shows that did not pay enough to cover my gas. As I got older, I went back to my roots, playing in country bands like Carolina Blues, The Guardsman, and bluegrass collaboration with members of Little Creek. I do not think there is a genre of music that I have not played, with the exception of rap. I played them all well, but mastered none. I am most proud of a couple of metal bands I was in called The Icarus Complex and Blind to Reality. With all that variation in my past, the old southern rock has always held a special place in my heart. It just seems to have a whole lot of heart but still rocks. I love Skynyrd music and after playing every style there is, I can honestly say Skynyrd is the hardest thing I ever learned to play, but it is also the most rewarding. I have to say my dreams of playing in this national touring band would not be possible without the support and understanding of my beautiful wife.


Jon proves to be a formidable member of Second Helping and helps to bring together that great Skynyrd sound that Second Helping has become well known for recreating.

 

 

 

 

 

Jerry Potter - Bassist

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At an early age, I saw the Beatles on TV. And knew right then I wanted to be in a band. In high school, I was in the Peace River Band with Jackie. After graduation, I got a job, got married, and had two sons. Now they are grown and I have two grandsons. Thanks to Jackie, and a good wife, I have been given the chance to play music again. The people in Second Helping make me feel like a teenager again, and we are having a lot of fun playing together. I am just a good ole country boy who enjoys the outdoors. I like to hunt, fish, and ride my Harley when I can. Playing Lynyrd Skynyrd is the most fun you can have playing music

 

The Crew