11 Songs, 42 Minutes

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.

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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About Van Zant

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 record was positive enough to convince the duo to continue pursuing the project; hence, a follow-up, Van Zant II, was issued in early 2001. The duo's first country album, Get Right with the Man, arrived in May 2005, followed by My Kind of Country in 2007. ~ Steve Huey

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