Lynyrd Skynyrd announced today that their next studio album, "Last of A Dying Breed," will be released Aug. 21.
"We kind of went back old school this time," guitarist Gary Rossington said in a statement. "All of us playing together in the studio as a band, tracking songs and creating licks. We had a lot of fun and the music really flowed for us, so that's when you know you are on to something good. We can't wait to let the fans hear these songs and play 'em live."
This will be the group's first album since 2009's "God & Guns," which debuted and peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 chart and at No. 9 on the Rock Albums chart. It has sold 181,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Gods & Guns" producer Bob Marlette has again been tapped to produce "Breed."
Core members Rossington, Johnny Van Zant, Rickey Medlocke and longtime drummer Michael Cartellone were joined by Black Crowes bass player Johnny Colt on the album. Their bassist since 2001, Donald "Ean" Evan, died in 2009 after a battle with cancer.
Before their album release, the group is headed on a U.S. and European summer tour, starting with a May 4 show in Baltimore.