Van Zant plays their kind of country
Sunday, July 1, 2007
– Brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant did well enough with their first country album, "Get Right With The Man," that they're going to do it again. The debut went gold for sales of 500,000 units and resulted in a Top 10 single with the title track. Now, the duo is poised to release their sophomore disc "My Kind of Country" Sept. 18.
"It was always our dream to record together on a country album," said Johnny. "And to have country radio, the industry and the fans support us they way they did just blew us away." Donnie said, "Yeah, and putting out another country record is like icing on a really cool cake."
The Van Zants had a hand in writing 6 of the 11 cuts on the new disc, which was produced by Mark Wright and Justin Niebank. Top Nashville songwriters Bob DiPiero, Rivers Rutherford Anthony Smith Jeffery Steele and Craig Wiseman.
Over the past two years Van Zant, who have been with Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special, made a firm commitment to their career as a country duo. In addition to radio tours, the Van Zants spent months touring as a duo. They spent the first half of 2006 opening for label mate Gretchen Wilson's Redneck Revolution Tour, and they will hit the road together this fall in support of "My Kind of Country."
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My Kind of Country
It is no surprise that a Van Zant record is going to be more Southern fried rock than country. That was true with the debut "Get Right With the Man," and it certainly rings true again here. Brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant have family and professional ties to Lynyrd Skynyrd and 38 Special.
When they avoid those Southern rock cliches, the music shines with sincerity and rocks with passion and confidence. The disc-opening "Train" is a prime example of the rock side while »»»
Get Right With the Man
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. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
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