Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington -- the only original member left in the band -- and his wife, backing vocalist Dale Krantz-Rossington, step outside today (November 4) with an album of their own, Take It On Faith.
The set was produced by David Z and features an all-star lineup of players that includes the late Richie Hayward of Little Feat fame, Delbert McClinton, Bekka Bramlett, Double Trouble keyboardist Reese Winans and others, as well as songs co-written by Gary Nicholson and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.
Rossington and Krantz were part of the Rossington Collins Band with other Skynyrd members shortly after the group's tragic 1977 plane crash, and Rossington tells us that Take It On Faith is the result of fan requests over the years:
"It was from the fans all these years talking about the Rossington Collins Band days and would we ever do anything like that with Dale, her and I, and after awhile of all these 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 a spontaneous, quick. It took a couple of weeks of recording and a few overdubs and we were done. It was such a fun thing to do and, like I say again, our fans were asking us and some of the guys in the band even mentioned, 'Why don't you guys do something, or just a few songs.' We went in and did 'em and that was it."
The Rossingtons have no plans yet for live dates to support the album, while Skynyrd plans to be back on the road in 2017.
...Meanwhile, CMT has announced plans for a new documentary, If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd, to air in 2017. It will be directed by Stephen Kikak, and Rossington said in a statement that, "I'm excited to tell the no holds barred Skynyrd story, things that have never been told before and the days of when we started and all the hard work we put in to the music and the band."
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.