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Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in Last of a Dyin’ Breed, their newest release on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records due August 21, 2012.This is the kind of record guaranteed to feed the needs of the multi-generational Skynyrd Nation, and continue the renewed vigor the band exhibited with their last album, 2009’sGod & Guns. For the passionate, longtime fans of the band, this is Skynyrd at the top of their game, complete with instantly memorable songs, more hooks than a tackle box, and a blistering three-guitar attack at full power. From the raging guitars of the title track and the pounding, funky homage to local talent in “Home Grown” to the mind-blowing “Honey Hole,” Lynyrd Skynyrd sound like young bucks having one hell of a good time, which, regarding the latter, founding member Gary Rossington says is very much the case. “For me this is one of the happiest and most fun albums I’ve ever done,” says Rossington. “We didn’t have a lot of problems goin’ on;it was just fun goin’ to work every day.”Having survived enough tragedy and just plain hard miles for 10 bands, Skynyrd is, remarkably at this stage of their career, on a roll. God & Guns debuted at #18 on the Billboard Top 200, giving the band their highest debut since 1977.Last Of A Dyin’ Breedre-ignites the in-studio alchemy the band found with Gunsproducer Bob Marlette, and the sound is traditional Skynyrd blended to perfection with the edge of immediacy. In short, it’s rock ‘n roll for the times.Led by core members Gary Rossington(guitar), Johnny Van Zant(vocals) and Rickey Medlock(guitar), Skynyrd has recorded an album that continues to build on the legacy that began over 35 years ago in Jacksonville, Florida. Joining them in the studio and on the road are new bassist Johnny Colt(Black Crowes, Train) guitarist Mark “Sparky” Matejka(a “Nashville cat, just a pickin’ fool,” according to Rossington), and keyboardist Peter Keys, who replaced Powell on the God & Guns tour. In a tragic tale oft-told, the Skynyrd story could have ended in a Mississippi swamp with the 1977 plane crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band has lost vital players in Billy Powell, Ean Evans, AllenCollins, Leon Wilkeson and HughieThomasson, yet here they are again with a hard-rocking, stirring album that can sit proudly alongside any recording that bears the Skynyrd name. The breedmay be nearing extinction but Skynyrd is very much aliveand ready to throw down. Van Zant, now in his 25thyear standing where his brother once stoodagrees with Rossington about the making of Breed. “Weworked with Bob Marlette againwho’s a great guy we just love as a producer,” he says. “During the recording of the last album we were going through Billy and Ean passing away, and with this album we were able to laugh and joke a lot.”Medlocksays that after the hard touring behind God & Gunshe and the other primary writers Van Zant and Rossington took their time writing the songs. But the actual recording came together quickly, aided by 

the band’s in-studio chemistry. “This time what we wanted to do was go back to doin’ stuff old school,” he says. “A lot of the album was done with all of us in the recording studio, playing all at one time, the way we used to do it when we’d go into the studio to make records.”With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American rock anthem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. But far from resting on their laurels, any illusions that this may be a band at anything less than the height of its powers are quickly lost with the distorted fury of the fiery guitar licks that open the album’s title trackand further put to rest with the gritty triumphs that follow.They could easily continue cranking out old songs to rapturous audiences around the world but the fact isthey’ve got plenty left to saymusically, personally and as social commentary. “Every once in a while the record label will ask us if we want to put a new album out and we always say yes, because, althoughwe love playing all the classic stuff, it’s fun to do new stuff too,” says Rossington, “for our own heads, our own peace of mind.”Lynyrd Skynyrd is a band of today, carrying a steely mantle forged in the sweaty confines of the Hell House in Jacksonvilledecades earlier. And this is a bandalbum, to be even more specific, a guitar drivenband album. The triple guitar assault has never sounded more on point, with passionate musicality, expert harmonics andof course, plenty of attitude to burn. There’s a reason this is one of the most beloved bands of all time.“We tried to go back to the old sound, doin’ it as a band, goin’ in all together and layin’ it down,” says Rossington. “On the last album, we leaned a little more country, back to our roots, but this time we just tried to be our old selves and write some Southern rock. Just good ol’ songs, get in and get out, say what they say, do a little bit of pickin’ and tap your feet.”Those searching for traditional Skynyrd solos and fierce instrumental breakswill have plenty to love on Breed, with every song featuring ample fretwork from one, two or even all three guitarists. “We love to do the harmonies and stuff with lead guitars,” says Medlock. “That’s a Skynyrd staple, and we embellished on it quite a bitthis time around. We wanted to make a guitar driven record and have the vocals sit really good in the saddle there with all the guitars, just have it more rockin’ and a lot more powerful.”Mission accomplished, with plenty of fireworks and rock-solid rhythms from all players. “Sparky has just fit in great with Rickey and Gary, everybody knows their place now,” says Van Zant. “Sparky’s a strat guy, Gary’s a slide guy with the Les Paul sound and all those great fills, and Rickey’s the ‘all-around’ guy that does a little bit of everything.”But the guitars and other instruments—Keys’ organ, for example, playa vital role in the soundscape. Van Zant’s vocal chops and way with a lyric have never been in finer form, breathing life into these songs and taking onsome serious vocal challenges. “I quit smokin’ a year and a half ago, so that helped out quite a bit,” he says with a characteristic laugh.  “Workin’ with Bob is greattoo. We cut the vocals right in the control room itself, which is real cool to me, because me and Bob go back and forth right there, so you’re not waiting for a button to be pushed. It’s just a real cool vibe. We’ve got a good thing goin’ here.”They’ve got a good thing going in terms of material, too. The primary Skynyrd writing team of Rossington, Medlockand Van Zant worked with some of their favorite songwriters to pen the songs that populate Breed, including Tom Hambridge, Blair Daly, John 5, Donnie Van Zant, and Marlette, along with contributions from the bands Matejka, as well as Marlon Young, Audley Freed, Shaun Morgan from Seether, Cadillac Black’s Jaren Johnston, and label matesBlack Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson and Jon Lawhon. The blend of writers from within and outside the band concocts a hard-hitting cadre of songs that fitperfectly into the Skynyrd canon. These songs are of the 100-proof variety. “We like bringing in outside influences and I love feeding off other people,” says Van Zant. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘how could Gary 

create another ‘Free Bird?’ We don’t even trythat. Those are legendary songs. We just write what we write. It’s more about us just hangin’ out and being together and enjoying life and writin’ songs. My theory is like Ricky Nelson’s, ‘you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.’  If you’re happy with it at the end of the day, so be it.”Not as overtly political as its predecessor God & Guns, Breedfocuses more on the struggles of the working class, though the band make their thoughts on the direction of this country crystal clear on songs like the reverb-drenched “Poor Man’s Dream” and the blue-collar powerhouse “One Day at a Time.” “When we go in to record, we don’t go in with one certain mindset,” says Medlock. “We just go in and write about stuff we believe in, our experiences.”The band is tuned in to the tough times many Americans are going through, and they sing songs that might well help on that journey, or at least help let off some steam. “Skynyrd really thinks about how people are struggling and what’s goin’ on out here,” says Medlock. “We see it a lot, because we’re a working man and working woman’s band. We’ve got three generations under our belts, we know people have a tough time out there, and we share in that.”Gary Rossington won’t typically volunteer for political talk but he is an astute observer, and what he sees sticks in his craw. “I don’t like to talk politics,” he admits “I just don’t trust a lot of politicians. I think the country’s way off track, but we’ll get it back on, it’s too good of a thing to lose. We travel all around the country, there’s too many good people and good Americans who all want the same thing, just to get back on track the way we used to be.”Like it or not, with a title like God & Guns, the previous album was bound to be a lightning rod out of the box. “I couldn’t believe how well God & Gunswas accepted when it came out, in Europe, Australia, South America, here in the States; everybody we talked to, 99% of it was positive feedback,” says Medlock. “My whole thing was, we’ve got to go in the studio this time and step up, we’ve got to do at least what God & Gunsdid, or one better. And, in my opinion, I think we accomplished that. I’m looking forward to going out and playing some of this record live, along with our classic material, and taking it to the people and letting the people make their decision.”Odds are, the “people,” specifically, the aforementioned Skynyrd Nation, will loveLast of a Dyin’ Breed, and anyone who hasn’t checked into what this band has been up to for a while will likely be blown away. As for their part, Skynyrd will, per usual, indeed be taking their music to the people, as fans in Europe and North America will have a chance to catch the band on tour through the end of 2012 and beyond.

 

Lynyrd Skynyrd is:Gary Rossington-GuitarJohnny Van Zant-VocalsRickey Medlock-GuitarMark "Sparky" Matejka-GuitarMichael Cartellone-DrumsJohnny Colt -BassPeter Keys -KeyboardsDale Krantz Rossington-Honkettes Backing VocalsCarol Chase-Honkettes Backing Vocals

Legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd returns with a fiery slice of Southern style guitar rock heaven in

Last of a Dyin’ Breed

, their newest release on Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records due

August 21, 2012.

This is the k

ind of record guaranteed to feed the needs of the multi

-

generational Skynyrd Nation, and

continue the renewed vigor the band exhibited with their last album, 2009’s

God & Guns

.

For the passionate, longtime fans of the band, this is Skynyrd at the top of

their game, complete with

instantly memorable songs, more hooks than a tackle box, and a blistering three

-

guitar attack at full

power. From the raging guitars of the title track and the pounding, funky homage to local talent in “Home

Grown” to the mind

-

blo

wing “Honey Hole,” Lynyrd Skynyrd sound like young bucks having one hell of a

good time, which, regarding the latter, founding member Gary Rossington says is very much the case.

“For me this is one of the happiest and most fun albums I’ve ever done,” say

s Rossington. “We didn’t

have a lot of problems goin’

on;

it was just fun goin’ to work every day.”

Having survived enough tragedy and just plain hard miles for 10 bands, Skynyrd is, remarkably at this

stage of their career, on a roll.

God & Guns

debuted

at #18 on the

Billboard

Top 200, giving the band their

highest debut since 1977.

Last Of A Dyin’ Breed

re

-

ignites the in

-

studio alchemy the band found with

Guns

producer Bob Marlette, and the sound is traditional Skynyrd blended to perfection with the ed

ge of

immediacy. In short, it’s rock ‘n roll for the times.

Led by core members

Gary Rossington

(guitar),

Johnny Van Zant

(vocals) and

Rickey Medlock

(guitar), Skynyrd has recorded an album that continues to build on the legacy that began over 35 years

ag

o in Jacksonville, Florida. Joining them in the studio and on the road are new bassist

Johnny Colt

(Black Crowes, Train) guitarist

Mark “Sparky” Matejka

(a “Nashville cat, just a pickin’ fool,” according to

Rossington), and keyboardist

Peter Keys

, who repl

aced Powell on the God & Guns tour.

In a tragic tale oft

-

told, the Skynyrd story could have ended in a Mississippi swamp with the 1977 plane

crash that killed three band members, including Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines. Since then, the band

has lost v

ital players in Billy Powell, Ean Evans, Allen

Collins, Leon Wilkeson and Hughie

Thomasson, yet

here they are again with a hard

-

rocking, stirring album that can sit proudly alongside any recording that

bears the Skynyrd name. The

breed

may be nearing extin

ction but Skynyrd is very much alive

and ready

to throw down.

Van Zant, now in his 25

th

year standi

ng where his brother once stood

agrees with Rossington about the

making of

Breed

. “We

worked with Bob Marlette again

who’s a great guy we just love as a pr

oducer,” he

says. “During t

he recording of the last album

we were going through Billy and Ean passing away, and

with

this album we were able to laugh and joke a lot.”

Medlock

says that

after the hard touring behind

God & Guns

he and the other primary wri

ters Van Zant

and Rossington took their time writing the songs. But the actual recording came together quickly, aided by

 
 
 
 

the band’s in

-

studio chemistry. “This time what we wanted to do was go back to doin’ stuff old school,” he

says. “A lot of the album wa

s done with all of us in the recording studio, playing all at one time, the way

we used to do it when we’d go into the studio to make records.”

With a catalog of over 60 albums, sales beyond 30 million worldwide and their beloved classic American

rock ant

hem “Sweet Home Alabama” having sold over two million ringtones, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers

Lynyrd Skynyrd remains a cultural icon that appeals to multiple generations. But far from resting on their

laurels, any illusions that this may be a band at anythin

g less than the height of its powers are quickly lost

with the distorted fury of the fiery guitar licks th

at open the album’s title track

and further put to rest with

the gritty triumphs that follow.

They could easily continue cranking out old songs to ra

ptur

ous audiences around the world

but the fact is

they’ve got plenty left to say

musically, personally and as social commentary. “Every once in a while the

record label will ask us if we want to put a new album out and we always

say yes,

because, although

we

love playing all the classic stuff, it’s fun to do new stuff too,” says Rossington, “for our own heads, our

own peace of mind.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd is a band of today, carrying a steely mantle forged in the sweaty confines of the Hell

House in Jacksonville

decades earlier. And this is a

band

album, to be even more specific, a

guitar driven

band album. The triple guitar assault has never sounded more on point, with passiona

te musicality,

expert harmonics and

of course, plenty of attitude to burn. There’s a r

eason this is one of the most

beloved bands of all time.

“We tried to go back to the old sound, doin’ it as a band, goin’ in all together and layin’ it down,” says

Rossington. “On the last album, we leaned a little more country, back to our roots, but thi

s time we just

tried to be our old selves and write some Southern rock. Just good ol’ songs, get in and get out, say what

they say, do a little bit of pickin’ and tap your feet.”

Those searching for traditional Skynyrd solos and fierce instrumental breaks

will have plenty to love on

Breed

, with every song featuring ample fretwork from one, two or even all three guitarists. “We love to do

the harmonies and stuff with lead guitars,” says

Medlock

. “That’s a Skynyrd staple, and we embellished

on it quite a bit

this time around. We wanted to make a guitar driven record and have the vocals sit really

good in the saddle there with all the guitars, just have it more rockin’ and a lot more powerful.”

Mission accomplished, with plenty of fireworks and rock

-

solid rhy

thms from all players. “Sparky has just fit

in great with Rickey and Gary, everybody knows their place now,” says Van Zant. “Sparky’s a strat guy,

Gary’s a slide guy with the Les Paul sound and all those great fills, and Rickey’s the ‘all

-

around’ guy that

does a little bit of everything.”

But the guitars and other instruments

Keys’ organ, for example, play

a vital role in the soundscape

. Van

Zant’s vocal chops and way with a lyric have never been in finer form, breathing life into these songs and

taking on

some serious vocal challenges. “I quit smokin’ a year and a half ago, so that helped out quite a

bit,” he says with a characteristic lau

gh. “Workin’ with Bob is great

too. We cut the vocals right in the

control room itself, which is real cool to me, beca

use me and Bob go back and forth right there, so you’re

not waiting for a button to be pushed. It’s just a real cool vibe. We’ve got a good thing goin’ here.”

They’ve got a good thing going in terms of material, too. The primary Skynyrd writing team of Ro

ssington,

Medlock

and Van Zant worked with some of their favorite songwriters to pen the songs that populate

Breed

, including Tom Hambridge, Blair Daly, John 5, Donnie Van Zant, and Marlette, along with

contributions from the bands Matejka, as well as Marl

on Young, Audley Freed, Shaun Morgan from

Seether, Cadillac Black’s Jaren Johnston, and

label mates

Black Stone Cherry’s Chris Robertson and Jon

Lawhon.

The blend of writers from within and outside the band concocts a hard

-

hitting cadre of songs that fit

perfectly into the Skynyrd ca

non. These songs are of the 100

-

proof variety. “We like bringing in outside

influences and I love feeding off other people,” says Van Zant. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘how could Gary

 
 
 
 

create another ‘Free Bird?’ We don’t even try

that. Those are legendary songs. We just write what we

write. It’s more about us just hangin’ out and being together and enjoying life and writin’ songs. My theory

is like Ricky Nelson’s, ‘you can’t please everyone, so you’ve got to please yourself.’ If

you’re happy with it

at the end of the day, so be it.”

Not as overtly political as its predecessor

God & Guns, Breed

focuses more on the struggles of the

working class, though the band make their thoughts on the direction of this country crystal clear on

songs

like the reverb

-

drenched “Poor Man’s Dream” and the blue

-

collar powerhouse “One Day at a Time.”

“When we go in to record, we don’t go in with one certain mindset,” says

Medlock

. “We just go in and

write about stuff we believe in, our experiences.”

T

he band is tuned in to the tough times many Americans are going through, and they sing songs that

might well help on that journey, or at least help let off some steam. “Skynyrd really thinks about how

people are struggling and what’s goin’ on out here,” sa

ys

Medlock

. “We see it a lot, because we’re a

working man and working woman’s band. We’ve got three generations under our belts, we know people

have a tough time out there, and we share in that.”

Gary Rossington won’t typically volunteer for political

tal

k

but he is an astute observer, and what he sees

sticks in his craw. “I don’t like to talk politics,” he admits “I just don’t trust a lot of politicians. I think the

country’s way off track, but we’ll get it back on, it’s too good of a thing to lose. We tr

avel all around the

country, there’s too many good people and good Americans who all want the same thing, just to get back

on track the way we used to be.”

Like it or not, with a title like

God & Guns

, the previous album was bound to be a lightning rod ou

t of the

box. “I couldn’t believe how well

God & Guns

was accepted when it came out, in Europe, Australia, South

America, here in the States; everybody we talked to, 99% of it was positive feedback,” says

Medlock

. “My

whole thing was, we’ve got to go in th

e studio this time and step up, we’ve got to do at least what

God &

Guns

did, or one better. And, in my opinion, I think we accomplished that. I’m looking forward to going out

and playing some of this record live, along with our classic material, and takin

g it to the people and letting

the people make their decision.”

Odds are, the “people,” specifically, the aforementioned Skynyrd Nation, will love

Last of a Dyin’ Breed

,

and anyone who hasn’t checked into what this band has been up to for a while will lik

ely be blown away.

As for their part, Skynyrd will, per usual, indeed be taking their music to the people, as fans in Europe and

North America will have a chance to catch the band on tour

through the end of 2012 and beyond

.

Lynyrd Skynyrd is:

Gary Rossin

gton

-

Guitar

Johnny Van Zant

-

Vocals

Rickey

Medlock

-

Guitar

Mark "Sparky" Matejka

-

Guitar

Michael Cartellone

-

Drums

Johnny Colt

-

Bass

Peter Keys

-

Keyboards

Dale Krantz Rossington

-

Honkettes Backing Vocals

Carol Chase

-

Honkettes Backing Vocals

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