It's been a long time -- 36 years, in fact -- since Gary Rossington has released music outside of Lynyrd Skynyrd. But it was fan, and even band, demand that convinced he and his wife, Skynyrd backing vocalist Dale Krantz-Rossington, to record Take It On Faith, which comes out Friday and is previewed in its entirety below.
"It was from the fans all these years talking about the Rossington Collins Band days, and would I ever do anything like that with Dale," Rossington tells Billboard. Gary launched the Rossington Collins Band with fellow Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins and other Skynyrd members in 1979, two years after the fatal plane crash that halted the band for a decade. The group released a pair of albums.
"After awhile of those meet-and-greets of people asking, we had a little time off a few years back, so we went in and did it and it was just spontaneous, quick," Rossington explains. "It only took a couple weeks of recording and a few overdubs, and we were done. It was such a fun thing to do, and our fans were asking us and some of the guys in the band even mentioned, 'Why don't you guys do something?' So we went in and did it, and that was it."