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Van Zant

Get Right With the Man – 2005 (Sony)

Reviewed by Rick Bell

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It's only been 30 years in the making, but brother, the timing sure is right.Van Zant teams brothers Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (.38 Special) Van Zant for a fresh mix of country-flavored Southern rock. Twenty years ago, a decade past, even 5 years ago, it may not have flown. But thanks to country rockers like Travis Tritt and Montgomery Gentry, the brothers now have an open road to countrify a sound they helped pioneer.

The brothers wrote or-co-wrote 7 of the 12 cuts and share the vocal chores. The first single, "Help Somebody," is a healthy dose of old school wisdom from guys who've been there. "I'm Doin' Alright" is pure backwoods Southern rock, yet the brothers find a mellow, back porch country groove with "Can't Help Myself."

Give credit to producers Mark Wright and Joe Scaife for not letting the album slip into a retro-throwback ode to Southern rock. Van Zant has both feet planted firmly in 2005 with a tip of the hat to their rich heritage.