The song appears on Pyle’s all-star album Anthems – Honoring The Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd

Artimus Pyle, a distinguished Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Member and former drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, unveils the soulful “Simple Man” in collaboration with fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Sammy Hagar. This heartfelt duet stands as the second digital single release from Pyle’s highly anticipated studio album, Anthems – Honoring The Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, which includes thirteen tracks and will be released on February 2, 2024, with distribution by BFD/Orchard, paying homage to the timeless sounds of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s iconic repertoire.

Music lovers can order limited edition bundles and the CD along with an autographed collector’s edition drumhead. Priced at $100, this exclusive package includes the tribute album and a one-of-a-kind, autographed 15-inch drum head featuring Artimus Pyle’s logo. Limited in availability, this special offer guarantees fans a unique and collectible addition to their music memorabilia, making it a must-have while supplies last.

Long revered as the “wild man” of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Artimus Pyle’s influential double bass drumming played a pivotal role in shaping the legendary Skynyrd sound. His breakthrough occurred at the Charlie Daniels Volunteer Jam, where his commanding drumming, initially credited as Artimus Pyle, percussion, caught widespread attention. Further solidifying his reputation as a formidable session drummer, Pyle, leveraging connections with acts like Charlie Daniels and the Marshall Tucker Band, met with Ronnie Van Zant and Ed King at Studio One in Doraville, Georgia. This pivotal meeting led to the creation of Saturday Night Special, leaving an enduring impression on Ronnie. Making his live debut in October 1974 at Jacksonville’s Sgt Pepper’s Club, Pyle took over as Skynyrd’s drummer after the release of Second Helping, contributing to the band’s next four albums, including the iconic Street Survivors. Pyle not only survived the band’s harrowing 1977 plane crash but also witnessed the tragic loss of six lives, including Steve and Cassie Gaines and the visionary leader of the band, Ronnie Van Zant.