Lynyrd Skynyrd “God and Guns” By Julie Rosenbaum-Engelhardt
"God and Guns," the new CD by Lynyrd Skynyrd, is a return to
form for the legendary Southern rockers.
After the death of lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve
Gaines and vocalist Cassie Gaines in a plane crash in 1977 and
losing two members just this year (Billy Powell and Ean Evans),
the group remained unbroken and put out this new CD.
As the words say, they "may have lost everything, but they're not dead, at least not yet."
"Still Unbroken," which opens the CD, touches the heart. "Simple Life" shows a yearning for the time when you sat down with your family and talked about your day, instead of staring at a computer screen.
The title cut is a political statement about how prayer should not have been taken out of schools and people have a Second Amendment right to have a gun.
If you like hard rock, Southern rock or just good music with a meaning, this CD has it all. It doesn't really matter what your political views are. Singer Johnny Van Zant sounds as good as he did 20 years ago as do the musicians. Through all the tribulations, Skynyrd once again proves
they're here to stay.
Almost always when a band makes a comeback CD, it is a disappointment. We expect them to sound like they did years ago, which is virtually impossible. The new Skynyrd CD, however, is as
good as ever and the band is rocking like they did in the '70s.