Donnie Van Zant, singer, guitarist
.38 Special ~ Van Zant
birth name: Donald Newton Van Zant

Donnie Van Zant

June 11, 1952, Jacksonville, Florida

Best known as a member of the band 38 Special, which he formed in 1974. He is the middle of three brothers, his older brother Ronnie was the original lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd who died in a 1977 plane crash in Mississippi along with five other members and associates of the band; his younger brother Johnny is Lynyrd Skynyrd's current lead singer. Donnie and Johnny also perform together from time to time as the group Van Zant. ~ Wikipedia: Donnie Van Zant ~ retrieved June 2, 2013 © Wikipedia

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.38 Special

The co-founders of the group, vocalist Donnie Van Zant and guitarist/vocalist Don Barnes, say it's all about maintaining that intensity in their live shows. Barnes says, “We never wanted to be one of those bands that had maybe gotten a little soft or complacent over the years. We're a team, and it's always been kind of an unspoken rule that we don’t slack up we stack up. We go out there every night to win.” ~ .38 Special ~ retrieved June 15, 2013 ©

Long-lived rock group .38 Special was formed in 1977 and is still together more than 25 years later. Best known for their hits Hold on Loosely, If I'd Been the One, and Caught up in You, the band still has fans loyal to their distinctively Southern brand of rock 'n' roll. Formed by Donnie Van Zant, whose brother Ronnie was a founder of the band Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special pumped out what a Rolling Stone writer called “the prototype of country-fried, down home, Southern style, rock 'n' roll.” ~ Musicianguide: .38 Special ~ retrieved June 20, 2013 © Musicianguide

Van Zant

Johnny and Donnie Van Zant fully express exactly what their kind of country is. And it’s something very special. ~ Van Zant ~ retrieved June 14, 2013 ©

As a band name, Van Zant first appeared in 1985, when Johnny Van Zant (brother of .38 Special's Donnie and Lynyrd Skynyrd's late Ronnie) headed an AOR-styled quintet on an album also titled Van Zant. The group disbanded, however, when Van Zant joined Lynyrd Skynyrd two years later. The Van Zant group name was revived in 1998, when Johnny and Donnie joined forces on what was slated to be a one-off collaboration, titled Brother to Brother and released on CMC International. However, reaction to the record was positive enough to convince the duo to continue pursuing the project; hence, a follow-up, Van Zant II, was issued in early 2001. The duo's first country album, Get Right with the Man, arrived in May 2005, followed by My Kind of Country in 2007. ~ Allmusic: Van Zant ~ retrieved June 5, 2013 © Allmusic

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