Bob Burns from Lynyrd Skynyrd, circa 1998
Sometime on or around the summer of 1998, is when i was spending A LOT of time at a small country church that i had been attending for the past 5 years. And one day, one of those very same days while actually outside of the church, and just fellowshipping with some fellow believers at their home, an older lady and her son had met a hitchhiking straggler who was working his way up into the northern part of Michigan to find his friends, and MY friends had stopped to talk with him and had shared their faith in Jesus Christ with this man at a local truck stop. He was a tall, skinny, frizzy-permed dark brown or black haired, steely-eyed, strong looking fellow, every bit a rocker, who definitely looked the part!! He used to be a drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd back in the day. He was 1 of the only survivors of the MCA plane crash in the 1970s (?), and even a Viet Nam war veteran at one time too (but NEVER ask him about that ... he will never talk to you! it was way too painful for him and thousands of others too).
i met him at a friend's house whom i knew from a tiny country church, called Faith Temple (Full Gospel Truth), tucked away far back in the hidden green countryside of Brighton Michigan. At the time there, my pastor was another incredible man, my dear friend Bill Carpenter. But my focus in this post is to talk about the musician i met, and his name was Bob Burns.
Here is a photo of him, for how he looked back near the time i met him, somewhere around 1998:
This is what Bob looks like now, unbeknownst to me, i just today found this picture of him (he looks a lot different from 10 years ago!)
To see just where he was in the Lynyrd Skynyrd band line-up, look here:
More info about Bob:
He played harmonica, drums, and even A LOT of acoustic guitar for us, both at my friend's house AND at the church on stage (I think it was even a slide steel guitar?), and I remember how he often used to witness from his strong convictions about what he thought and felt about what was going on in our country and nation with the politics of the day, the culture of the land, the kids and fans of his music and the band, and family and friend life in general and it was an amazing WEEK actually that i spent with him at these friend's house (the fellowship was so darn good, we all spent almost a week just hanging out and talking all together. and even 1 or 2 services were spent just having him as a guest musician up on our church stage to play some old time southern gospel numbers.
when our time that was spent together was nearly over, Mr. Bob Burns had even invited me to his home in Florida ... He said he had wanted to invite me along for a few concert shows that he wanted to do with some people he knew and maybe have me up as a possible preaching act during the performances (this was back when i was studying to be a christian preacher in the pentecostal denomination that i was a very active part of). But then later on in life, somehow I misplaced or lost or forgot where i had stashed his contact information and i was never able to hear from or see him again ... And actually i have only been backslidden from my original faith now for the past 10 years so I don't even know if he would even still want to talk to me, let alone remember me, after 10 years!!
so i never got a chance to see him again because i had lost his information! so that is 1 of MANY bouts with a famous person (a music artist at that :-)
I even tried E-mailing another former musician who was with Lynyrd Skynyrd at one point, Ed King, at his own website, http://www.edking.net/
to try and see if he would be able to contact Bob Burns for me, via him as a sort of go-between / proxy, but so far i have never received any correspondence or replies from either one of them in trying to contact Bob again.
It sure would be nice to be able to speak with Bob again. he was a really great guy and i hope to meet him again someday .... maybe we will even meet again, at the Rapture in the sky, where we all do truly belong ...