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Editors’ Notes

Let’s state it plain: Johnny and Donnie Van Zant don’t need to prove their rebel credentials to anybody. As the respective lead singers for Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special, these siblings are living symbols of diehard Dixie spirit. Over the past decade, the Van Zants have found Nashville increasingly hospitable to the sort of guitar-spiked Southern rock that they (and late, great brother Ronnie) helped pioneer decades ago. As might be expected, there are boozy rave-ups (“Goes Down Easy”), hard-charging survivor anthems (“Train”), toasts to America’s fighting forces (“These Colors Don’t Run”) and pugnacious testaments of faith (“We Can’t Do It Alone”). The best tracks here deal with the realities of growing older. “That Scares Me” finds the Van Zants struggling to explain themselves to the younger generation, while “Headed South” reflects upon the rigors of the road. It’s in songs like these that Johnny and Donnie rise above the formulaic and speak with the sort of honesty only true rebels can afford.

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Not Bad

Van Zant's second country album, My Kind Of Country, is not nearly as good as their first, Get Right With The Man. I was a little dissapointed because their single, "Goes Down Easy" was so great and "That Scares Me" was pretty good I was just expecting most of the album to be just as good or close to it. I guess I was just expecting too much. The opening track, "Train, is a great southern rock cruiser. "Goes Down Easy" is an instant classic that everyone (even non-country fans) should have on their MP3 player. "That Scares Me" is a nice song about a father getting old, thinking about how hard it will be when his kids are grown up and have their own lives, but realizing that he'll still have his wife. I'm starting to like the closing track, "Headed South" which is about a musician on the road who misses his wife & family, wishing he could just go back home to see them. And really, none of the other tracks are ones that I would skip, they just aren't very memorable. I think the main problem with this album is that it's a bit too soft; it doesn't have enough of that southern rock edge. Hopefully their next album will be better.

Another Van Zant Classic

Great CD including some of the best Van Zant songs that both of these talented musicians have put together. Train is a MUST HAVE song, as well as My Kind of Country and Goes Down Easy. These Colors Don't Run is one of the greatest patriotic songs that has been out in country, for a long time. 3,4,5 are usually the heavy hitters and that goes well for this CD. Headed South is an excellent song too. All in all, JUST BUY THE WHOLE CD!!!

My Kind of Country (2007)

I didn't Van Zant until today. There are only a few songs in this album that grab me in. RECOMMENDED SONGS: 1. Goes Down Easy - 5/5 2. That Scares Me - 5/5 3. Friend - 5/5

Biography

Formed: 1985

Genre: Country

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

As a band name, Van Zant first appeared in 1985, when Johnny Van Zant (brother of .38 Special's Donnie and Lynyrd Skynyrd's late Ronnie) headed an AOR-styled quintet on an album also titled Van Zant. The group disbanded, however, when Van Zant joined Lynyrd Skynyrd two years later. The Van Zant group name was revived in 1998, when Johnny and Donnie joined forces on what was slated to be a one-off collaboration, titled Brother to Brother and released on CMC International. However, reaction to the...
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