Brantley Gilbert, Lynyrd Skynyrd to Shoot ‘Crossroads’ Episode
The episode with Gilbert will be Lynyrd Skynyrd's second appearance on CMT Crossroads. They previously appeared in an episode with Montgomery Gentry in 2004.
"There's something about their music that just drew me in," Gilbert explains to USA Today of his reason for choosing the iconic rock band when CMT asked with whom he would like to be partnered.
Lynyrd Skynyrd are certainly no stranger to country music fans. Their southern rock style of music has long earned the attention of the country community. In 2010, a tribute album, Sweet Home Alabama — The Country Music Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd, was released, featuring performances by Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson and more.
Other artists who have performed together for CMT Crossroads include Taylor Swift with Def Leppard, Luke Bryan with the Doobie Brothers, Brooks & Dunn with ZZ Top, Martina McBride with Pat Benatar, Lee Ann Womack with John Legend, Vince Gill with Sting and Lady Antebellum with Stevie Nicks.
Lynyrd Skynyrd includes founding member Gary Rossington on guitar, along with longtime lead vocalist Johnny Van Zant and guitarist Rickey Medlocke. Fellow founding member Bob Burns, who left the group in 1974, was tragically killed in a car accident last month.
There is no word yet about what songs the two acts will perform together. The show will tape on June 5 in Franklin, Tenn., and premiere on CMT on June 27.
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