Brothers Johnny and Donnie Van Zant are teaming up to record a country album for Sony’s Columbia Records Nashville label. The duo — respectively best known as latter era Lynyrd Skynyrd frontman and .38 Special singer/guitarist — will work on the set with producers Mark Wright and Joe Sciafe.
“We’ve had country music in us our whole lives,” Donnie says. “We are having a blast making this album and can’t wait for people to hear it.”
The brothers are recording songs they’ve co-written, one co-written with Jeffrey Steele and others written by Craig Wiseman, Rivers Rutherford and Al Anderson.
Although it will be the first Van Zant country album, the as-yet-untitled set will be the fourth offering from the siblings. Their three previously released sets — 1985’s Unidisc “Van Zant” and the CMC International albums “Brother to Brother” (1998) and “Van Zant II” (2001) — centered on the bluesy Southern rock sound with which they’re most often associated.