by Sharon Gissy
Loud & Proud Records just released Van Zant's Red, White & Blue Live on July 1st. The album, a live show recorded January 28, 2006 at Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia, is the only recording in existence from the only tour by brothers Johnny (Lynyrd Skynyrd) and Donnie (38 Special).
"We are really excited for this album to come out right before the Fourth of July, to celebrate the independence of our country,” says the Van Zant brothers. “We hope everyone rocks out to RED WHITE and BLUE all day!”
Red, White & Blue Live includes their 2005 hit "Help Somebody," fan favorites 38 Special's "Wild Eyed Southern Boys" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Call Me The Breeze" and "Sweet Home Alabama," as well as the patriotic title track "Red, White & Blue" which contains the iconic line, "We're trying to sing the truth to you." An unusually good show that just happened to be caught on mobile recording by bassist Larry Junstrom, the album showcases the band at the height of having fun and connecting with their fans, and proves why they are so popular in country circles and known as the First Family of Southern Rock.
Red, White & Blue Live is available for purchase through Itunes and Amazon, although the webstore is offering a special deal. Lacy Van Zant, the brothers' father, has compiled The Van Zant Family Southern Music Scrap Book, a book chronicling the family history with 200 photographs of family members and memories. Each book is personally autographed by Johnny and Donnie Van Zant. You can purchase it in a deluxe bundle here.