Pickler Concert Ends w/Performance by Lohman

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Published on April 27 2013 5:58 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Those present for the Kellie Pickler concert Friday at the Effingham Performance Center got a bonus, or two, including a performance by Teutopolis native Gregg Lohman.

The drummer for Pickler's band for more than six years, Lohman suffered major injuries in recent months in a crash while en route to a musical engagement.  He has since been recovering and had told us in a phone interview Friday morning that he would not be performing Friday night.  Obviously, it was a white lie since to tell the truth would've spoiled the surprise.

The appearance by Lohman came during the encore, when Pickler and husband Kyle Jacobs were joined by Pickler's "Dancing with the Stars" partner Derek Hough to perform a song Kellie and her husband had written recently.  As the lights came up, there was Lohman on the drums.  After the song, Pickler went to the drum kit and gave Lohman a big hug.

Lohman said during the interview Friday morning that he has a new measure of respect for Pickler for how she's helped while he's been injured.