God & Guns

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God & Guns
Studio album by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Released September 29, 2009
Recorded 2008–2009 in Blackbird Studios, Nashville, Tennessee; Studio Sea, Fort Myers, Florida; Sound Kitchen, Franklin, Tennessee;
Genre Southern rock, blues rock, heavy metal, country rock, hard rock
Length 49:32
Label Roadrunner
Producer Bob Marlette
Lynyrd Skynyrd chronology
Vicious Cycle
(2003)
God & Guns
(2009)
Last of a Dyin' Breed
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
MusicReview 3.5/5 stars[2]

God & Guns is the thirteenth studio album by the southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, released on September 29, 2009. The single "Still Unbroken" was released on July 27, 2009 followed by another track, "Simple Life", on August 4, 2009. Hughie Thomasson contributed to the writing of many songs, including this first single, before his death. "Still Unbroken" was written after the death of original bassist Leon Wilkeson in 2001.[3] The album features guitar work from John 5.[4] It is also the last Lynyrd Skynyrd album to feature the band's longtime keyboardist Billy Powell, who died in January 2009.

The album's title comes from its eighth track, "God & Guns", written by Mark Stephen Jones, Travis Meadows and Bud Tower.

The lyrical shift from "Saturday Night Special" to "God & Guns" has been taken into account by band member Johnny Van Zant, who explained how the song was not a direct contradiction to "Saturday Night Special."[5]

Tracks[edit]

  1. "Still Unbroken" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Thomasson) - 5:06
  2. "Simple Life" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Steele) - 3:17
  3. "Little Thing Called You" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Lowery) - 3:58
  4. "Southern Ways" (Van Zant, Medlocke, Lowery, Marlette) - 3:48
  5. "Skynyrd Nation" (Van Zant, Medlocke, Lowery, Marlette) - 3:52
  6. "Unwrite that Song" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Steele, Mullins) - 3:50
  7. "Floyd" (feat. Rob Zombie) (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Lowery) - 4:03
  8. "That Ain't My America" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Warren, Warren) - 3:44
  9. "Comin' Back For More" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Daly) - 3:28
  10. "God & Guns" (Jones, Meadows, Tower) - 5:44
  11. "Storm" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Lowery, Marlette) - 3:15
  12. "Gifted Hands" (Rossington, Van Zant, Medlocke, Lowery, Marlette) - 5:22

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Strings on "Unwrite That Song" and "Gifted Hands" arranged by Lisa Parade

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