Columbia Records Nashville has signed Van Zant, a duo made up of brothers Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (38 Special) Van Zant.

Columbia Records Nashville has signed Van Zant, a duo made up of brothers Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (38 Special) Van Zant.

"Signing Van Zant was one of the easiest A&R decisions we've had to make," says Sony Nashville president John Grady. "People in Nashville have been trying to recreate Southern rock and capture its audience for the past 25 years. We decided why not start at the top with part of Lynyrd Skynyrd and part of 38 Special."

Van Zant has recorded two independent albums on the CMC International label.

The pair will release their Columbia album later this year. They are managed by Ken Levitan and Ross Schilling at Vector Management.

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