Jerry Riggs is an American rock guitarist and vocalist, born on August 25, 1955, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Riggs first became known as lead guitarist for the local group, Lynx, as a teenager. Already teamed with friend Jeremy Graf, the group was a popular staple on the Knoxville music bar circuit in the mid-70's. This version of the band featured Michael Byassee on vocals. After a serious romantic breakup with his first love, Cynthia Shubert, (aka "Sinde" a popular local singer/songwriter), a distraught Riggs resolved to move to Atlanta, Georgia with his band.