Lynyrd Skynyrd to Appear on ‘CMT Crossroads’ With Brantley Gilbert
There's definitely a mutual admiration society in place. As Skynyrd's guitarist and last original member Gary Rossington told USA Today, "We hear Brantley is a big Skynyrd fan, so that excites us. Brantley is also one of those rebels of country music, kind of like us, so we will get along just fine."
"There's something about their music that just drew me in," Gilbert, whose most recent album, Just As I Am, topped the country charts, says of his love of Skynyrd. "It's a life-long thing."
While it has yet to be determined which songs will be played, Gilbert hinted at "Simple Man" as being one of their songs that he can't wait to play with his heroes. The song appeared on Skynyrd's 1973 debut, (Pronounced ‘Leh-’nerd ‘Skin-’nerd).
Launched in 2002, CMT Crossroads puts together today's top country stars with their influences from other genres, where they play songs from each other's catalogs. Previous episodes in recent years have matched Bob Seger with Jason Aldean, Stevie Nicks with Lady Antebellum, Journey with Rascal Flatts and Sting with Vince Gill.
This will be Lynyrd Skynyrd's second stint on CMT Crossroads. In 2004, they appeared with Montgomery Gentry.
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